A jewel-toned joy, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella transports audiences back to the magic of Broadway’s Golden Age, when an evening of musical theatre meant a magical discovery of new and wondrous work.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Lohengrin in Melbourne
In a mighty coup for Melbourne, world-conquering tenor Jonas Kaufmann graces the ranks of Opera Australia for a fully-staged production of Wagner gem Lohengrin.
FROM DOWN UNDER: La Traviata in Sydney
In celebration of the ongoing return to live theatre, Sydney turned on perfect conditions for the opening night of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Faust in Melbourne
In a production as spectacularly staged as it is intelligently conceived, Faust is another mighty achievement from Opera Australia, demonstrating the full extent of their resources to sterling effect.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Così fan tutte in Melbourne
Intelligently conceived and handsomely staged, David McVicar’s production of Così fan tutte matches elegance and wit with the simple pleasure of Mozart’s heavenly music.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto
Verdi’s richly melodious tragedy glistens again as Opera Australia returns its much loved Moshinsky staging of Rigoletto to the Melbourne stage.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s West Side Story in Melbourne
Opera Australia complements their dazzling new outdoor production of West Side Story in Sydney with the return of this traditional staging to Melbourne, differentiating the casting by showcasing a new generation of fresh young triple threats in this (indoor) Australian tour.
FROM DOWN UNDER: West Side Story – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
A brilliant choice for the first musical to be presented as the annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, West Side Story is given lavish, large scale treatment in what is essentially a highly respectful, traditional production.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Evita in Melbourne
In much the same way that the history of Broadway is peppered with legendary performances, years from now Australian theatregoers will ask each other if they saw Tina Arena in Evita.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
The sterling result of the determined and loving labours of countless talents, Opera Australia’s Melbourne presentation of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a shimmering musical and visual treat, with added interest coming from some intriguing directorial choices.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s La Bohème in Melbourne
In its third Melbourne appearance, Opera Australia’s splendid 2011 production of La Bohème is as appealing as ever.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Evita in Sydney
A perfect match of star and show, Evita benefits mightily from the powerhouse vocals and intense presence of Tina Arena.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly – Touring
Opera Australia delivers an authentic, high-quality opera experience with their 2018-2019 regional tour of Puccini’s exquisite tragedy Madame Butterfly.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Sydney
Opera Australia’s world-class revival of Lucia di Lammermoor is a heart-pounding thrill ride, in which the magic ingredients of opera blend to memorable perfection.
DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Don Quichotte in Melbourne
The all too short season of Don Quichotte provides an opportunity to admire Furlanetto in a signature role. The overall combination of charming music, stirring dance and high production values makes for a rather irresistible package.
DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Tosca in Melbourne
Melbourne welcomes sumptuous soprano Latonia Moore in a glorious performance, as Opera Australia revives its spectacular production of Tosca.
‘Deserves to be a resounding popular success’: FROM DOWN UNDER: La Bohème in Sydney
Opera Australia neatly balances the spectacular with the intimate as the seventh season of firmly established opera attraction Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour turns its sights on one of the most beloved operas, La Bohème.
Looking back: The best of Australian opera this year > #theatre2017 #YearInReview
Visiting superstars, theatre renovations, a maestro exposed and the untimely death of a beloved international baritone dominate the 2017 year of opera.
FROM DOWN UNDER: The Merry Widow
Merrier than ever, The Merry Widow returns in a decadent new production: The 1920s art deco update is a completely natural fit for the Widow’s world, placing the pleasure-loving characters in a world of protected privilege and opulent glamour.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Parsifal
With regular Sydney home, Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for most of this year for multi-million dollar renovations, Opera Australia has curated an alternative series of events at other Sydney venues. Arguably the flagship attraction, the concert staging of Richard Wagner’s epic opera Parsifal benefits mightily from the seaward of international superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
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