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60 Years of Opera Australia

Opera Australia in its 2016 season is celebrating 60 years of Australian Opera.
Founded in 1956 as the Australian Opera Company under the auspices of the Australian Elizabethan Trust . It commemorated the Mozart bicentenary by presenting four Mozart operas in all capital cities,  travelling more than 10,000 kilometres and giving 169 performances. A truly national company was in place.
By 1957 the company changed its name to the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Company. In 1959 the company’s laid-off singers gave the first of many regional tours using reduced scenery and conducted from the piano by George Titner. However by 1963 a permanent nucleus of singers and staff was retained throughout the year and the company made appearances at regional festivals, including the Adelaide Festival.
Interest hit an all-time high in 1965 when the company presented the Sutherland- Williamson international Grand Opera Company with Joan Sutherland. Richard Bonynge and distinguished artists from Australia and abroad.
 It was also able to establish the first Elizabethan Trust Orchestra for the company by 1967 with additional government aid.
A major milestone for the company was a television recording of Puccini’s Tosca filmed in 1968 at the Adelaide Festival.
In 1970 the company’s identity was separated from that of The Elizabethan Trust and became The Australian Opera
The opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 gave The Australian Opera a permanent performance home and helped expand its repertoire and develop Sydney audiences. Prokofiev’s War and Peace was performed n opening night and was recorded by ABC Television and subsequently screened in Australia and the UK.
Several innovative features characterised the 1980s. The first Esso Opera in the Park in the Sydney Domain quickly became an annual event and it is now called Opera in the Domain.
In 1998, in association with the Australian Bicentennial Authority, the company toured Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth.
The early 1990s were to see important changes in the way the company worked: firstly in 1991 with the formation of the Artistic Associates of The Australia Opera, a body of people was created which comprised come of the most important figures in the Australian musical and performing arts world. Secondly the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra was integrated with The Australian Opera to produce a permanent opera and ballet orchestra for the company.
Opera Australia (OA) was formed by the merger of The Australian Opera and the Victoria State Opera (VSO) companies on 1996 following the financial collapse of the Melbourne based – VSO.
Ozopera was established after the merger of the AO with the VSO in 1996 under the Directorship of Lindy Hume. Its aim is to resent opera to audiences throughout metropolitan and regional Australia. It presents performances in primary schools across NSW and Victoria adapting large-scale scores to suit young audiences.
Opera Australia is Australia’s national opera company presenting more than 700 performances and playing to more than half a million people each year.
Opera Australia is part of Australia’s cultural  landscape. The company performs the world’s best loved operas under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera  House and at Arts Centre Melbourne, as well as in school halls and outback towns on Sydney Harbour and Gold Coast beach. The performances are broadcast in cinemas, on national television and ABC radio.
Opera Australia launched its Melbourne season at the Arts Centre with a performance duet Au fond du temple saint sung by Jose Carbo (Zurga in The Pearl Fishers) and Jonathan Abernethy (Nadir)

 

 

Opera Australia
State Theatre
Bookings: 1300 136 166

 

2017 Season

 

The Merry Widow

Let's wal;tz, laet's sway the night away.
It's time for a little roamnce.
There's a fortune at stake -
Which match will he make?
She'll lead you a merry old dance.

The Merry Widow is a delicious confestionl; a light--hearted look at love and the champagne and glitter of Art deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather soes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.|
Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune just after eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society are determined she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze.
But she;s got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate maters, the widow isn't the only one turing heads.
Season: November 15, 16, 17. 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. 2017 Matinee: Saturday November 18 & 25. 2017 at 1pm. Sunday November 19. 2017 at 3pm

 


 

 

Chamber Made Opera
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Co-Opera
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Cordella's Potted Opera
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Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria
Bookings: 03 8470 8280

2017 Season

A Song to Sing-O

Melvyn Morrow;s musical theatre production portrays the life and times of George Grossmith, the partner singer and early star of Richard D'Pyly Carte's productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
Music by Arthur Sullivan, lyrics by W. S, Gilbert, additional music and lyrica by George Grossmith.
Season: July 8. 2017 at 8pm, July 9. 2017 at 3pm. July 14. 2017 at 8pm, July 15. 2017 at 8pm. July 16,2017 at 3pm. Venue: Phoenix Theatre 101 Glenhuntley Rd. Elwwod.

The Pirates of Penzance

Teh perennial favourite Gilbert & sullivan opera featuring Mabel and her female followers encounter wih an infamous band of pirates from the Cornish coastal town of Penzance, with the hilarious consequences.
Season: October 26. 2017 at 8pm. October 26. 2017 at 2pm and 8pm October 29. 2017 at 5pm. Venue: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre cnr St. gearges rd. and BellSt. Preston.

 


 

 

Melbourne Opera
Bookings: Ticketmaster 9650 1500

Lohengrin

Following the great critical and public success of Tannhauser last year, Melbourne Opera is returning to the Regent Theatre to atage a new production of Richard Wagner;s magnificent, romantic opera Lohnegrin, not performed in Melbourne for 15 years.

Melbourne Opera has once again assembled an all-star cast featuiring international Wagnerian tenor Marius Vlad as Lohengrin, following his celebrated performance as Tannhauser last year, and globally acclaimed Australian opera star Helena Dix as Elsa von Brabant. this will be Helena's first home town perfrmance in 14 years.
Lohengrin contains some of Wagner's most famous arias and stirring ensembles, including the famous Wedding Chorus, Overture and Prelude to Act 3, and Lohengrin's moving In Femen Land andMein Lieber Schwann, The opera will be sung in German with Engish subtitles.
Season opens Monday August 78. 2017 at 7pm.


 

Opera Studio
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Savoy Opera
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Victorian Opera

Bookings: 1300 723 038

The Black Rider

Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs' cult musical fable has become one of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premeired in 1990. Finding itsd roots in German folklore Cer Freischûtz (also the basis for Weber's opera), the story follows a file clerk's obsession to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. Howeverm the Devil's bargain is always a foo;'s bargain. An allegory of adduction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burrough's pwn life.
Season: September 15 - October 8. 2017. Venue: Merilyn theatre. The Coopers Malthouse.

The Second Hurricane

In a storm-ravaged American town, a group of high school students offer their help to a nearby county before becoming stranded in the wake of a second hurricae. Through trial and tribulationm, the teenagers must learn to workk togther f they're going to survive.
Aaron Copland's work was originally written for students when it premered in New York in 1937. Eighty years on, The Second Hurricane makes ints Victorian Opera debut as the company's youth opera for 2017 as part of our Education program, It will be performed by a cast of singers aged 15 - 25 together with dtudents from Victorian Opera's Youth Chorus Ensemble.
Season: October 6 - 15. 2017. Venue: Hamer Hall Victorian Arts Centre.

 

 

 

 

Shoestring Opera|
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OPERA AUSTRALIA SYDNEY
Bookings : 61 2 9318 8200

 

2017 Season


Two Weddings One Bride

Twin Girls, one desked |in pink, one blue
Plan to marry shitors
brave and true
A wedding could save
thier father's bacon, too
If those damn pirates
will just go away...

The governor is ina pickle. those banker's are so fickle. He's stretched the state purse a little too far and is creditors will come a-knocking. But twin daughters he's got, so he hatches a plot, which might save him from a royal bollicking. A double wedding could save the day, but when pesky pirates get in the way, it's up to Giroflé to make things okay.
All your favourite oeretta, waltzes, pokkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kalmán come together in this raucas comedy.
Two Weddings, One Bride is a brand new operetta created by Robert Greene, based on a story by Charles Lecocq.
Season: . October 12, 133, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 2017 Sunday evenings a 5pm. October 15, 22. Wednesday Matinees at 1pm May 3, 10, 17. June 14, 21. October 18.

Thais

For all the the fame and beauty of music of Thais, the best reason to perform thi French opera is to sow off a star soprano with a voice that could turn a monk's attention from chaste disregard to irr4epressible desire.
Nicole Car is that star, and she sings the role of the disillusioned courtesan in concertm, opposite Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis as the man who cannot resist her charms, Athanaël.
Masenet's music explores the ways sacred faithand human passion inersect, in harmonies that blend the exotic and erotic to take you to a different world.
Season: July 22. 2017 at 7.30pm Venue: Sydney Town Hall

Verdi Requiem

Sorrow, desire, anger, fear - Verdi's Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera.
Performed by the Opera australia Chorus with an international cast of Verdi specialists, this is a true choral masterpiece.
Known as a true choral masterpiece, Verdi's Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, sorrow, desire, anger, fear - as dramatic as any opera.
Verdi's use of transcendent melodies and vigerous rhythms communicate powerful emotions and the famous Dies irae (Day of Wrath) introduces the traditional sequence of the Latin uneral rite that is repeated throughout.
Season: August 10 - 11 2017 at 7.30pm Venue" Concert Hall Sydney Opera House.

Parsifal

Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House to perform one of opera's most challenging roles in a rare concert perforance of Wagner;s final opera.
The power and majesty of Wagner's music needs massive orchestral forces. Released from the orchestra pit to fill the stage, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under conductor Pinchas Steinberg
will be something to behold.
In a story drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights, the fate of the knights rests on the shoulders of a pure fool, Parsiful. Kaufmann describes the opera as a "transcendent journey led by the music".
Season: Augsut 9, 14. 2017at 6pm Matinee : August 14 at 2pm Running time approxiamately 5 hurs and 30 minutes including two 30-minute intervals.

Ferruccio Furlanetto

Glamerous divas and showy tenors are used to the spotlight, but it;s a rare performer who can take a sonorous bass and make it world famous.Feruccio furlanetto is that performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice.
He is sought after worldwide, from the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala, to sing the conflicted fathers, tortured priests and playful devils of grat opera works. He returns to sydney after his acclaimed performance as King Phillip II in Don Carlos to give two recitals with pianist Igor Tchetuev in the intimate surrounds of City Recital Hall.
Furlanetto's powerful interpretation of Schubert's stunning song cycle, Winterreise captures the energy, despair and sensual longing of the work. Journey with him as he travferses a cold winter landscape, painted one falling leaf and shard of ice at a time by Tchetuev;s piano.
A second program explores thesoulful poetry of Russian art song. Only the vast expanse of a Russian winter could inspre Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Rachmaninov's moody romances. Somehow the music captures the darkness, cold and longing if a people waiting for the sun, for life and love to return - sparks of light and hope in a bleak night.
Season: September 27. 2017 at 7pm.

Madama Butterfly

A young Japanese geisha falls head-over-heels in love with her new American husband. she believes their love is real, even afer three years without a word from him. Everyone around her knows the truth. They try to convince her to move on but she won't. She can't. Rejected by her past, and forgotten by the man she loves, she waits.
Madama Butterfly is one of the world's most famous love stories and this legendary production has been performed in Sydney more than any other. The set and costume design is inspired by Japan and the combination of word, water, silk and flame is astonishingly elegant. Now it comes to the Capital theatre for a short season.
Season: Octpber 24, 25, 26, 7, 28, 31. November 1, 2, 4. Saturday Matinee November 4 at 1pm. Sunday Matinee Octoberr 29 at 3pm.

 

Wednesday 7 – Sunday 25 June 2017
World Premiere - Two Weddings, One Bride (Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and more)
The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
Adult tickets from $89 (fees may apply)

Saturday 3, 17 June and 29 July 2017

Studio Recitals

Natalie Aroyan & José Carbó | Stacey Alleaume, John Longmuir & Agnes Sarkis | Jonathan Abernethy & Anna Dowsley
Joan Sutherland Studio, The Opera Centre, Surry Hills

Adult tickets $85 (fees may apply)

 

Monday June 5 2017
Vivid Festival 2017 - Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House & Opera Australia Presents The Nixon Tapes (Adams, Greenwood, Dessner)
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Adult tickets from $69 (fees may apply)

 

Saturday 22 and Monday 24 July 2017
Concert Performance - Thaïs (Massenet)

Starring Nicole Car
Sydney Town Hall
Adult tickets from $95 (fees may apply)

 

Wednesday 9, Saturday 12 and Monday 14 August 2017
Australian First - Parsifal
(Wagner)
Starring Jonas Kaufmann
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Adult tickets from $145 (fees may apply)

Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 August 2017
Concert Performance - Verdi Requiem (Verdi)
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Adult tickets from $85 (fees may apply)

 

Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 September 2017
Australian First - Ferruccio Furlanetto (Schubert, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky)
City Recital Hall, Angel Place

Adult tickets from $59 (fees may apply)

Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November 2017
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Capitol Theatre

Adult tickets from $99 (fees may apply)

La Bohème

2018 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia is continuing its hugely successful Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series with the announcement of a new three-year agreement with Destination N.S.W., commewncing in 2018 with Puccini's much-loved La Bohème.
Described as one of the top four opera open-air events in the world b Signature Luxury Travel and Style magazine, the annual event is a highlight off he Australian culteral calendar, attracting more than 250,000 attendees from arround Australia and across the globe over the past six years.
|Season: March 23 - April 22. 2018.


 
 

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OPERA QUEENSLAND
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OPERA QUEENSLAND STSRTS SEARCH FOR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR.

The Board of Opera Queensland has begun a national and international search for a successor to Lindy Hume, as Mrs Hume prepares to step down at the beginning of 2018 after nearly six years n the role.
Operra Q Chair Dr Sally Pitkin said the seaarch presented a rare opportunity fo the right person to make a unique contribution to the sulteral lifer of Queensland by bringing their artistic vision, leadership and a deep understanding of opera to the state's flagship opera company.
|"Queensland offers an artistic environment unlike anywhere else in the world, spanning an area five times the size of Victoria." Dr Pitkin said.
' OperaQ provides a variety of opera experiences and works with communities across this diverse state from Brisbane to Cape York, We are looking for candidates who will embrace this excioting chllenge.
The board is looking for someone who has the skills, experience, netwrks and passion to build on the transformative work done by Lindy Hume'. Dr Pitkin said.
"Over the last few yaers, OperaQ,. like every opera company worldwide has undegone a rigerous process of self-examination and reca;ibratedartistic artistic programs t ensure the art form's future.
"During Lindy's tenure, not only have we seen the company return to financial sustainability - OperaQ posted a surplus in 2015 and expects to do so again this year - but artistically it has flourished at home and overseas".
The new Artistic Director will build on new audience initiavetes that have seen thousands of people see an opera for thef first time, and the groundbreaking regional participation projects like Project Puccini and Project Rossini, for which we have become known across Australia.
"We are looking for a proven culteral leader who can continue the change and transformation agenda and who cnn demonstrate their vision for and comitment to main stage opera, regional, community ad educational enagement>" Dr Pitkin said.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm AEST Friday February 3 2017. More information is available at www.aegeus.asia/operaq

 

2017 Season

The 2017 season contains lush grnad opera. Victorian gothic, madness, Boundary-pushing collaborations and stylish soirees would feasture in Artistic Director Lindy Hume's ptogram fpor the company.
As well as mainstage producvtions from Bizet and Gilbert & Sullivan, a range of smaller events in 2017 will please opera lovers and new audiences looking for more intimate and immersive ezperiences, as well as those who want a peekj behind the scenes or even wish to take their turn on stage.
For the third year running, OperaQ will continue its $25 ticket initative, designed to encourage first-timers to try opera for the price of a beer and pizza. Since 2015, more than 6000 people have taken advantage of the affordable seats with thee-quarters reporting they had never bought an opera ticket before.
Kicking off the year on April 7. 2017 is Sensory - a special music-meets-art creation featuring a series of live performances by OperaQ artists in Brisbane;s Gallery of Modenr Art;s (GOMA) glrious gallery spaces, with canapés and drinks as part of the gallery's 10th birthday celebrations.
Inthe Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from May 15 to June 3. 2017 OperaQ will present Bizet's exotic, colonial Ceylon inspired masterpiece The Peralfishers. Directed by Michael Gow, with designs by Robert Kemp and Matthew Scott, the production features Australia's multi Helpmann Award winning prima diva Emma Matthews, tenor Aldo Di Toro, bass Andrew Collis, and London-based Australian baritone Graqnt Doyle, under the baon f French specialist Emmanuel Joel-Hornak.

Artistic Director Lindy Hume will turn her flair for directing quirky comedy on Gilbert & Sullivan'sRuddigore, or The Witches Curse, in the Playhouse, QPAC from July 14 - 26. 2017. this new production reunites the stars of her critically acclaimed 2015 production of Candide. Bryan Probets and Christine Johnston, with a versatile cast of actors/singers including Kanen Breen, Natalie Peluso and Jason Barry-Smith, in a sepia-tinted world of gothic horror and Vistoriana created by designer Richard Roberts.
Accompanying the mainstage shows, will be pre-performance talks, dinners and special rooftopn themed evenings - the "Spiuce Market" for The Pearlfisners, An Afternoon with Jason Barry-Smith and Friends will ofer an intimate musical matinee with the OperaQ star, promising humour, backstage anecdotes and special guests.

The iconic Opera at Jimbour returns on July 22. 2017 as part of Queensland Music Festival, and is expected to draw thousands of loyal audience members, armed with icnics, to enjoy beautiful music al fresco in the magificent Darling Downs. this year, a new semi-staged version of Franz Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow will star David Hobson ad Count Danilo and Emily Burke as Hannah Glawari. Audience members will be able to participate in a pre-show rehearsal and then join in the 'Villa; chorus fpor the concert.

From August 4 - 12. 2017 in QPAC's Cremorne Theatre, OperaQ joind forces with Expression Dance Company (EDC) for MozartAirborne, clebrating the beauty and complexity of the composer's most sublime arias and ensembles. The premiere production will feature OperaQ artists and virtuosic pianist Alex Raineri onstage with EDC dancers performing new works by some of Australia's most exciting cotemporary shoreographers, all under the guidance of EDC's Natalie Weir and OperaQ's Lindy Hume.

OperaQ has just retired its hugely successful school hit Fizz!. based on The Elixir of Love, which was seen by more than 23,999 children over a three-year run. Nt resting on its laurels, the company is again partnering with shake and stir theatre co to produce a brand-new production of NHansel & Gretel, based on the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. this classic story celebrates the resourcefulness of the siblings Hansel and Gretel when they find themselves lost in the forest. It is showing for a school holiday season from September 27 0 30.2017 at the OperaQ studio during a 10-week tour to primary schools across the state.

The mighty Opera Queenswland chorus will raise the roof in the Queenslande Symphony Orchestra, OperaQ and QPAC presentation of Carmen in Concert on November 23 and 25. 2017 in the Concert Hall, QPAC, featuring Australian debuts fdrom internationally acclaimed stars Vesselina Kasarova and Andrea Caré. And on October 28. 2017, due to increased demand for tickets, OperaQ's popular annual Gala, themed Opera Exotica in 2017, will move to the larger space of the Sofitel Brisbane.

Throughout the ear OperaQ will continue to reach out to th community with its successful Opera Stage program, with multiple workshops for adults, teenagers and school groups on offer across the year. Each year this unique program gives people of all ages and interests the chance top learn performance skills and buiild confidence in their abilities with OperaQ's team od artists. Participants could join the cast of An afternoon with Jason Barry-Smith and Friends on the Lyric Theatre stage at QPAC, or perform in a Christmas-themed celebration. Ther is also the innovative Sing Story free program where an OperaQ artist-in-residence provisdes primary school students with their first experience f the art form through deconstructing well-known operas before qriting and performing thei own work/

OperaQ Artistic Director Lindy Hume said that over the last five years the company had listened to audiences and responded with programming that celebrates the unique qualities of Queensland.

As a contemporary opra company. OperaQ should reflect our time and place, and look to the future, while celebrating the riches of an opera repertoire spanning more than 400 years", Ms Hum said.

"In 2017, we have tried to find new creative ways of engaging with pur communities whether that's collaborating with an award-winnig dance company, cdelebrating the 10-year birthday of our internationally renowned modern art gallery or helping hundreds of people find their voices through public workshops. There is something in next year;s program for everyone to enjoy. "

"We also hope that Queenslanders can take pride in the fact that their state opera company is not just playing at home anymore. In 2016, OperaQ productions travelled to Leipzig and San Diego, and in October 2017, I;m, delighted to announce that our successful co-production ofThe Barber of Seville, with Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera , will make its US debut. It just goes to show that opera with a Queensland flavour can resonate around the world. "\

The Pearl Fishers

Australia's prima diva Emma Matthews will thrill Brisbane audiences whne she graces the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Bizet's cassic opera, The Pearl Fishers
The multi aweard-winning soprano reprises the role of é after critically acclaimed performances in the Opera Australia and West Australia Opera seasons of the production. Ms Matthews has received more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award, the Remy Martin Australia Opera Award, and was recently named Limelight Magazine's Austrlian Artist of the Year for 2016.
She is joined by tenor Aldo Di toro, bass Andrew Collins, and London-based Australian baritone Grant Doyle in his OperaQ debut.
The Pearl Fishers story takes place during pearl diving season in colonial Ceylon where old friends Zurga and Nadir reminisce about Léila, a woman they both loved and who re-enters their lives when racketeer Nourabad brings a beautiful priestess to bless the fishermen.
Georeges Bizet's famous opera has been reinterpreted many times since its first performance on September 30, 1863 at the Théât
re Lynque in Paris. IN this production, direcotr Michel Gow gives it a new lease of life, while the vivid sets and ornate costumes by set and costume designer Robert Kemp evokes the exotic and enchanting setting of colonial Ceylon.
Season: May 25 - June 3. 2017.


 

Opera Australia
2017

Aida

A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous Triumphal March will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.

Fancy a break on the Gold Coast? Plan it for September and combie days spent relaxing with a spectacular outdoor production of Aida on Coolangatta Beach in the evening.
It is a night at the theatre, re-imagined for the kind of evening where you couldn't bear to go insside. A huge cast and orchestra perform Verdi's famous music in a new production featuring fireworks of the vocal and exploding kind, colourful costumes and local surf life savers parading past you on the sand.
Season: September 21. 22. 23, 28, 29, 30. 2017 at 6.30pm
Running time approxiamatley 2 hours and 40 minutes including one 30 minute interval.
The site opens at 5pm with food and drink. Strictly no BYO alcohol. For comfort ofpatrons only low beanch chairs will be permitted.

Opera Australia onTour
2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in English with a live chamber orchestra The Marriage of Figaro is designed to captivate audiences od all ages across Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australia.
Not only does each town have the opportunity to attend the opera, younger residents also have the chance to become part of the cast. Opera australia is continuing its community engagement program, providing hundreds of children the chance to be traiend and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children;s Chorus program. Local children will learn to sing music from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in their town. They'll lthen rehearse with the artists and join them on stage in costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australioa's finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children's Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia's Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by the local choir leaders.
Venues and Dates: Pilbeam theatre Rockhampton Wednesday July 12 at 7.30pm

Townsville Civic Theatre. Townsville Friday July 14 & Saturday July 15 at 7.30pm

Empire Theatre Toowoomba Tuesday July 18 at 7.30pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast Gold Coast Thursday July 20. Friday July 21 at 7.30pm, Saturday July 22 at 1.30pm

Noosa Leisure Centre Noosa/ Saturday July 25 at 7.30pm.

Munro Martin Parklands Cairns Saturday July 29 at 7.30pm