Free Organ Recital
Get away from the city bustle and enjoy a free organ recital in historic St Michael's Church.
Der Freischütz / The Marksman
presents a new production of
Der Freischütz / The Marksman,not
seen in Melbourne since 1969!
Sung in English, directed by Suzanne Chaundy and conducted by David Kram and
Greg Hocking, Der Freischütz / The Marksman is a strong depiction of
sinister forces at work in the life of rural Germany containing much memorable
music including the famous Overture, the Huntsman's Chorus and the soprano and
Melbourne Opera has assembled an international cast led by Jason Wasley,
Steven Gallop, Sally Wilson and Andrea Creighton, combined with the Melbourne
Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a setting drawing on German Expressionism of the
early 20th Century.
Der Freischütz / The Marksman continues Melbourne Opera's commitment
to perform less frequently seen German masterpieces, building on the company's
successful performances or Fidelio and
Rienzi over the last 2 years.
Theatre; Saturday Jan 31st 7:30pm, Thursday Feb 5th 7:30pm,
Saturday Feb 14th 2pm - Book on 9650 1500 or Ticketek 13 28 49
Alexander Theatre, Monash University; Friday Mar 13th 8pm
Handel: Heaven and Harmony
Mariana Flores (Argentina) soprano, Fernando
Guimarães (Portugal) tenor, Brandenburg Choir,
Brandenburg Orchestra with Artistic Director and Conductor - Paul
triumphant 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' also heralds the arrival,
for the first time in Australia, of two of the most exciting young singers
working in the world today. Portuguese tenor Fernando Guimarães’ skill as an
actor brings a rare dramatic realism to Handel’s seldom heard, but glorious
cantata Look down, harmonious Saint. Guimarães’ total command of the
stage is underpinned by a formidable technique, and a searching, academic mind.
To hear the masterful Ode for St Cecilia’s Day in its entirety is
to experience exactly what music meant to Handel. Taken from a text by the poet
John Dryden, it celebrates music as the central force in the creation of the
world. Argentine soprano Mariana Flores’ clear toned authority and sensual edge
will take this ravishing showcase for soprano, tenor, orchestra and choir to new
heights. And finally, the distinct and contrasting sounds of these two very
special singers are brought together in the love duet Tra amplessi
innocenti (Only amid innocent embraces), from the cantata Cecilia,
creating, for a few moments, a singular perfection.
Lyric Opera’s L’Heure Espagnole and Gianni Schicchi
Opera of Melbourne starts 2015 with a bang, presenting a double
bill of comic masterpieces.
(Spanish Time) is a delicious farce accompanied by the tick of metronomes and
sultry Spanish dances. While her husband is out repairing the town clocks, this
housewife moves heaven and earth to get a clock of her own. Katrina
Waters, Nigel Huckle and Shoumendu Ganguly
make their Lyric debut's in the Ravel, joined by Raphael Wong
and Daniel Sinfield.
the Donati family outdo the Kardashians in how far they will go to get their
hands on their dead relative’s money. James Payne returns to
Lyric in the title role alongside the formidable Kerrie Bolton,
with Rebecca Rashleigh and Nick Renfree-Marks as the lovers,
and a whole stable of Lyric artists.
Sung in English, these operas will be brought to the stage by Jane
Millet and Nicholas Cannon, and conducted by Lyric's
Artistic director, Pat Miller.
More information at Lyric Opera
. Tickets from
Chapel Off Chapel or (03) 8290 7000
Australian Ballet - Giselle
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.
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.
SBS TV - The Turn of the Screw
This year is the centenary of
birth and this is the shatteringly powerful Glyndebourne performance of one of
his operatic masterpieces,
The Turn of the Screw,
adapted from the Henry James novel. Recorded in 2012
This performance can be viewed on SBS ON DEMAND until 4pm 7th March
SBS TV - Opera Stories
- Some of the greatest contemporary stars of the opera world: Renée
Fleming, Elina Garanca, Roberta Alagna and Béatrice Uria-Monzon are our guides
as they explore four major operas in which they are singing major roles. We go
backstage at the Opera National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Fenice in Venice
and Bavarian State Opera in Munich, discovering how the works are prepared for
the stage. (Part 1 of 4)
This documentary van be
vireed on SBS ON DEMAND until 5:30pm, 7th March 2015,.