“Welcome to a world where a song can change everything. Where heroes tilt at windmills and dream impossible dreams. Where opera is both grand spectacle and an intimate, contemporary affair.” –Opera Australia
Welcome to Opera Australia’s 2018 season; a journey into the romantic world of some of the greatest composers and writers of our time. Balancing old with new, Opera Australia reprises classics like Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La Bohème, while introducing Australian audiences to celebrated interpretations of Rigoletto and Don Quichotte, new productions of Aida and The Merry Widow, and Nicole Car singing Violetta in La Traviata for the very first time.
As Opera Australia gets ready to welcome you to the theatre, we invite you to discover the ‘Top Five’ moments of 2018’s line-up.
1. La Bohème on Sydney Harbour
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become known as a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar and was described as one of the top four opera open-air events in the world by Signature Luxury Travel and Style Magazine. This year Puccini’s beloved opera, La Bohème, calls its audience to Paris for a bohemian love story set beneath the stars.
2. The Merry Widow
Waltz into a show-stopping spectacle oozing glitz and glamour as acclaimed star, Danielle de Niese, returns to Australia to play a charismatic widow who inherits a city’s fortune when her husband passes away after a mere eight days of marriage. High-energy ballads, Graeme Murphy’s spirited choreography and an enviable collection of sparkling outfits bring masterpiece to life and start the 2018 season with a definitive bang.
3. Lucia di Lammermoor
A tragedy of epic proportions, a woman driven to the edge of insanity and an audience destined to be captivated by all three acts of Donizetti’s opera: this is one date you will not want to skip. Audiences across the world wait with bated breath for Lucia’s infamous ‘mad scene’, one of the most technically demanding scenes for sopranos in history. We cannot wait to see how conductor, Carlo Montanaro, interprets this scene when the opera arrives at Sydney Opera House on 28 June.
4. The Turk In Italy
Stepping away from the dark throws of tragedy and into the warm light of riotous comedy comes The Turk In Italy. Mistaken identities, gelato-coloured costumes, side-splitting humour and a mix of unlikely characters including a gypsy and a prince make this production, in the director’s own words, “just about as much fun as you can have in an opera house.”
Dubbed the future of spectacle, Aida’s high-tech projected sets may almost steal the spotlight away from the performers in this new production directed by Davide Livermore. Set in Cairo, where the opera first opened in 1871, the plotline deals with the conflict between love and loyalty as an Ethiopian princess is enslaved by Egyptians and a military commander has to make the ultimate choice between patriotism and love.
To find further information regarding performance dates or ticket purchase, please visit Opera Australia here.
Photos courtesy of Opera Australia.