Free Organ Recital
Get away from the city bustle and enjoy a free organ recital in historic St Michael's Church.
production of Puccini's much-loved opera
Svetla Vassileva (until 16 May), Hyesoung Kwon;
Pinkerton - James Egglestone (until 16 May),
Martin Buckingham; Suzuki Sian Pendry;
Sharpless - Michael Honeyman; Goro Graeme
Macfarlane; Kate Pinkerton - Jane Ede;
The Bonze - Jud Arthur; Yamadori - Samuel
Dundas; Commissioner - Jonathan McCauley;
Registrar - Dean Bassett and
and Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Guillaume
Tourniaire. Directed by Moffatt Oxenbould.
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes, including one 20-minute
production of Mozart's
great opera Don
Don Giovanni -Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Leporello
- Shane Lowrencev, Donna Anna - Emma Matthews,
Don Elvira - Nicole Car, Don Ottavio -
John Longmuir, Zerlina - Taryn Fiebig,
Masetto - Richard Anderson, Commendatore -
Jud Arthur and
and Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Anthony Legge. Directed by
Running time: approximately 3 hours & 15 minutes, with one 25-minute interval.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
production of Verdi's
great opera Don Carlos.
The opera is testament to Verdi's ability to create light and dark in a
single moment, and to sing it, you need a huge cast of extraordinary
performers. Leading the cast of seventeen principal singers is Ferruccio
Furlanetto, the most famous Philip II of our time, who recently sang the role in
New York, London, and Vienna. With nearly 200 performers, this will be Opera
Australia's biggest production since
The Ring Cycle.
Elisabeth de Valois -
Victoria Yastrebova, Princess Eboli - Milijana
Nikolic, Don Carlos - Diego Torre,
Rodrigo Count of Posa - José Carbó, Philip II -
Giacomo Prestia, Grand Inquisitor - Daniel
Sumegi, Frate - David Parkin, Tebaldo
= Anna Dowsley, Voice from Heaven - Julie
Lea Goodwin, Lerma - Jonathan Abernethy,
Herald - Simon Kim, Deputies - Pelham
Andrews, Luke Gabbedy, Richard Anderson,
Adrian Tamburini, Andrew Moran, Graeme Macfarlane and
and Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Andrea Licata. Directed by
Running time: approximately 4 hours & 20 minutes, including two 20-minute
intervals. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
second Culture Project, connecting opera with stories of social justice and
humanitarian issues of our time, takes a
Church Parable, Curlew
River, loosely based on a medieval Japanese Noh play and moulds to
tell a modern tale, of a hypocritical, selfish society. Confronting the
ill-treatment, abduction and death of a child, and reactions to grief-induced
madness, to an exquisitely beautiful, gripping score for small chamber ensemble,
the production will call into question society’s methods of coping with profound
loss – loss of family, of house, of mind – and how we as a group treat those who
think, act, or react to tragedy, differently from us.
Artistic Director -
Linda Thompson, Designer - Peter Corrigan, Lighting - Greg Carroll, Costumes -
Amelia Carroll, Music Direction: Evan Lawson, Dr David Kram, Pam Christie, Irina
Cherkasski. Performed with chamber ensemble.
The Australian Ballet - The Dream
Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the
visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.
Swan Lake - St Petersburg Ballet
Swan Lake is one
of the best loved ballets in the repetoire with its unrivalled “white acts”,
its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving
story Following their sold out Paris season, the internationally acclaimed St
Petersburg Ballet will present their full-length
classic production of of this wonderful work. The 55 member company of St
Petersburg Ballet continues to collect rave reviews around the world and thrill
audiences with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. This is a
full-length, fully-sytaged production but since the publicity makes no mention of an
orchestra, White Hat assumes that it is performed to recorded music. We will
update this page if we find otherwise. Further details at
St Petersburg Ballet.
Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty
Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s
most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by
Ballet's Artistic Director David
McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its
charming variations and its enchanting
is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the
traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives
thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by
Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the
much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the
Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria
The Rabbits - World Premiere
John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting
picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation
and progress — a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in
that landscape, it tells a story of hope taking root. It's a story for young
people, it's a story for old people, it's a story for all of us.
and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of
Australia's foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children
and families. Gabriela Tylesova's kooky sets and costumes
realise Tan's pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz
has turned Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the
score, Kate Miller Heidke: the butterfly-voiced,
classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is
performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will
perform in this production.
Running time: approximately 60 minutes, without interval.
The Marriage of Figaro
Australia's production of
Marriage of Figaro.
Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and
between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble
writing, it's not hard to understand why. David McVicar won acclaim for his
Covent Garden production of The Marriage of Figaro, so we look forward to his
new production for Australia.
Count Almaviva -
Shane Lowrencev, Countess - Jane Ede (until
19 Nov) & Nicole Car, Susanna - Taryn Fiebig,
Figaro - Andrew Jones, Cherubino -
Sian Pendry, Marcellina - Dominica Matthews,
Bartolo - Richard Anderson, Don Basilio -
Benjamin Rasheed, Don Curzio - Graeme
Macfarlane, Barbarina - Eva Kong, Antonio
- Adrian Tamburini, Bridesmaids - Annabelle
Chaffey & Anna Yun and
Victoria and Opera Australia Chorus conducted by
Anthony Legge. Directed by David McVicar.
Running time: approximately 3 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20 minute
interval Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
The Elixir of Love
Australia's production of
opera The Elixir of
Simon Phillip's much-loved production of The Elixir of Love is set in an
Australian country town circa 1915.
"If you're doing a comic opera it's useful to get it as close to a
contemporary world as you legitimately can," he says, "because that
affords you the possibility of laughs of recognition as well as situation."
So how does the story of Elixir pan out down under? There's Adina,
the squatter's daughter who wants to play the field before settling down.
There's Nemorino, the lovestruck labourer who loves reading romantic poetry in
his spare time. There's Belcore, the English officer who fancies having a fine
young lady on his arm. Then there's the travelling larrikin, Dulcamara, who
offers to solve everyone's problems with a drop of the good stuff.
As Phillips points out, the regiment of soldiers and all the talk of
conscription mean that a modern adaptation would have jarred, but setting the
story in Australia in 1915 provides a rich vein of comic material to add to the
mix. It also inspired set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume designer
Gabriela Tylesova to come up with one of Opera Australia's favourite entrances
when our heroine, Adina, rides into town on a corrugated iron horse.
Best of all, a knockout cast — Rachelle Durkin, Aldo Di Toro, Andrew Jones
and Conal Coad — means that Donizetti's music shines as brightly as ever under
the Antipodean skies.
Cast: Adina - Rachelle Durkin,
Nemorino - Aldo Di Toro, Belcore - Andrew
Jones (until 26 Nov) & Christopher Hillier,
Dulcamara -Conal Coad, Giannetta - Eva
with Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Benjamin
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20-minute
interval. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.