Daniel Hope and Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Hope’s imagination and intelligence leading the intrepid and versatile Zurich Chamber Orchestra erupts in an astonishing performance of well-loved classics.
One performance on Sunday, 9 September 2018 – In the Concert Hall
Classical music’s great Hope lives up to his name
Since 2016, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra has been directed by the British virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope. Hope’s imagination and intelligence has refreshed even the most familiar music. He always finds a surprising colour, or reveals something new, so he’s a great fit for the intrepid and versatile Zurich band who can turn on a dime from baroque music to electronica. The Orchestra, established in 1945 boasts an impressive line-up of collaborators and conductors. Hope’s appointment was something of a homecoming – he’s had a relationship with the orchestra from a young age.
Hope’s program for this Australian debut pays tribute to his mentor, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, with a meditative commission, Unfinished Journey, and pieces that were Menuhin’s calling cards by Elgar, Mendelssohn and Bach. The intricate interplay of voices in Bach’s double concerto was inspired by another Baroque legend: Antonio Vivaldi. Hope’s acclaimed recording of the perhaps over-familiar Four Seasons makes the piece sound brand new, with every bird song, barking dog, autumnal hunt and winter wind leaping out of Vivaldi’s imagination and into our astonished ears. Hear this beloved work again for the first time.
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.
Presented by Sydney Opera House.
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RIGOLETTO – Giuseppe Verdi
In Italian with English surtitles
At the Duke’s infamous parties, ……. one man’s words light the darkness with a sinister glitter. Among the glamorous girls and greasy gangsters, Rigoletto serves his master with sharp wits and averted eyes. He’s hideous. He’s hated. He’s untouchable. But in this shimmering world of secrets and seduction, can he keep the one he loves most safe? This production of Rigoletto by Elijah Moshinsky, with Dalibor Jenis in the title role has replaced the production by Roger Hodgman originally announced for Opera Australia’s 2018 season.
A shimmering world of secrets and seduction From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge.
And the music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tunes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his première cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy ‘La donna è mobile’ outside of rehearsals. The morning after Rigoletto’s triumphant première, that melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after. The title character Verdi called the “greatest creation” in the history of theatre had found a home in a masterpiece of music. Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the Sydney Opera House stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumes and scene-stealing Fiat 500. The revolving dolls-house style set gives a cinematic detail to each scene.
Friday 6 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 14 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Friday 20 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Wednesday 25 July 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 28 July 2018 at 12:30pm, Thursday 2 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 4 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Wednesday 8 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday 11 August 2018 at 12:30pm, Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Friday 17 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Tuesday 21 August 2018 at 7:30pm, Friday 24 August 2018 at 7:30pm
Conductor Renato Palumbo
Director Elijah Moshinsky
Revival Director Hugh Halliday
Set & Costume Designer Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer Robert Bryan
Assistant Director Kate Gaul
Rigoletto – Dalibor Jenis
Duke of Mantua – Gianluca Terranova (until Aug 2), Atalla Ayan (from Aug 4)
Gilda – Irina Lungu (until Aug 2), Jessica Nuccio (4–14 Aug), Kristina Mkhitaryan (17–24 Aug)
Monterone Gennadi Dubinsky
Sparafucile Taras Berezhansky
Maddalena Sian Pendry
Marullo Luke Gabbedy
Borsa Benjamin Rasheed
Ceprano Christopher Hillier
Giovanna Dominica Matthews
Countess Ceprano Ileana Rinaldi
Opera Australia Chorus, Opera Australia Orchestra
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Jonas Kaufmann im Sydney Opera House
So schreibt man in Sydney über „the superstar tenor“
Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House for a rare concert performance of Wagner’s final opera, PARSIFAL.
Season runs from Wednesday, 9 August to Monday, 14 August 2017
Wednesday 9 August, 2017 at 6pm, Saturday 12 August, 2017 at 2pm, Monday 14 August, 2017 at 6pm, Tickets from $145 + $8.50 Booking Fee
[Von Jonas Kaufmann wurden verschiedene Aufnahmen bei der Sony Classical veröffentlicht.]
This show runs for 5 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intervals A ‘lock out’ period applies to this event. NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ADMITTED. PLEASE NOTE: NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THIS EVENT.
Power and Majesty
In a story drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights, the fate of the knights rest on the shoulders of a pure fool, Parsifal. Kaufmann describes the opera as a „transcendent journey led by the music“. “Lean back, give in to the music, and something extraordinary can happen,” Kaufmann says.
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 the baton of Pinchas Steinberg and joined by a cast of international and Australian stars, will be something to behold.
The superstar tenor, Jonas Kaufmann performs alongside a cast of acclaimed Wagner interpreters, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg.
CONDUCTOR Pinchas Steinberg, PARSIFAL Jonas Kaufmann, KUNDRY Michelle DeYoung, AMFORTAS Michael Honeyman, KLINGSOR Warwick Fyfe, GURNEMANZ Kwangchul Youn, TITUREL David Parkin, FLOWER MAIDENS, Stacey Alleaume, Jane Ede, Anna Dowsley, Eva Kong, Julie Lea Goodwin, Dominica Matthews
ALTO SOLO Anna Dowsley, ESQUIRES Eva Kong, Anna Dowsley, Graeme Macfarlane, Simon Kim, KNIGHTS Dean Bassett, Alexander Hargreaves, Opera Australia Chorus, Opera Australia Orchestra, PMOpera Australia
The SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – Eine Beschreibung
Das Opernhaus von Sydney, Meisterstück moderner Architektur, 1973 eingeweiht, ist eines der drei großen Wahrzeichen Australiens. Neben der über 100 Jahre alten Harbour Bridge und dem Legenden-umwobenen Ayers Rock in der Mitte des Kontinents. Das Sydney Opera House beherbergt mehrere kulturelle Einrichtungen: Die Concert Hall mit 2700 Sitzen und das Opera Theatre mit 1547 Sitzplätzen. Das Sydney Opera House, obwohl erst 1973 erbaut, wurde bereits 2007 zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt wurde.
Der Bau des Sydney Opera House war zunächst ein Desaster: Ursprünglich mit 7 Millionen Au$ veranschlagt, überstiegen die Baukosten am Ende über 100 Millionen AU$. Die Bauzeit erstreckte sich wegen bautechnischer Streitigkeiten über sieben Jahre. Äußerlich mit verzaubernder Optik lebt die Oper im Innern mit erheblichen Einschränkungen: Der Bühnenraum besitzt keine Tiefe, Bühnenbilder müssen flach sein, deren Anlieferung ist schwierig. Das Ensemble agiert häufig gefährlich nah am Orchestergraben. Der Orchestergraben verschwindet, Bayreuth-ähnlich, zur Hälfte unter den Bühnenboden, welches dem Orchesterklang ein wenig Brillianz raubt. Doch der verzaubernde Flair der Sydney Opera verzeiht alle baulichen Mängel. Für Europäer wird ein Besuch der Sydney Opera zu einem lebendigen Traum. IOCO
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
This event does not take place at the Sydney Opera House. The venue for this performance is the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.
One of Opera Australia’s most loved productions makes its Capitol Theatre premiere, ready to capture your imagination and your heart, whether for the first time or all over again from 24 October – 4 November 2017.
Madama Butterfly composed by Giacomo Puccini, one of the world’s most famous love stories, is a heartbreakingly beautiful romantic tragedy about a Japanese Geisha who marries a US sailor, only to be abandoned by him.
Fire, water and ice: A young Japanese geisha falls head-over-heels in love with her new American husband. She believes their love is real, even after three years without so much as 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.
With set and costume design inspired by Japan, this production’s combination of wood, water, silk and flame is astonishingly elegant.
Karah Son and Hyesoung Kwon sing Puccini’s much-loved music, breathtakingly beautiful from first love to tragic end.
ARTIST INFORMATION: CONDUCTOR Brian Castles-Onion, ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY Moffatt Oxenbould, REVIVAL DIRECTOR Hugh Halliday
SET & COSTUME DESIGNERS Peter England & Russell Cohen, LIGHTING DESIGNER Robert Bryan, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Andrew Frith
CIO-CIO-SAN Karah Son *, Hyeseoung Kwon †, PINKERTON Diego Torre * Andeka Gorrotxategi †, SUZUKI Sian Pendry * Agnes Sarkis †, SHARPLESS Barry Ryan, GORO Graeme Macfarlane, THE BONZE Gennadi Dubinsky, YAMADORI Sitiveni Talei, KATE PINKERTON Jane Ede, COMMISSIONER Ryan Sharp, REGISTRAR Gregory Brown, Opera Australia Orchestra
* 24, 26, 28, 31 October; 2 November at 7:30pm – 4 November at 1pm, † 25, 27 October; 2, 4 November at 7:30pm, 29 October at 3pm: Sydney Opera House
Pressemeldung Opera Australia