Sydney, Opera House, Andrea Chénier – Jonas Kaufmann, August 2019

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Andrea Chénier – Umberto Giordano

Hear the world’s greatest tenor, Jonas Kaufmann in this concert performance (no sets or costumes) of a passionate French Revolution love story. Jonas Kaufmann performs in this passionate French Revolution love story, alongside a stellar cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek and Ludovic Tézier.

 Thursday 8 August 2019 at 7.00pm  –  Sunday 11 August 2019 at 1.00pm

Jonas Kaufmann on the challenges of performing in Andrea Chenier
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The life and soul of the world is love!

Andrea Chénier is in danger of losing his head. As France cowers under the Reign of Terror, the poet is falling madly, passionately in love. A gripping story based on true events unfolds swiftly in Umberto Giordano’s famous opera, beloved by audiences and performers for its magnificent arias, tender love story and dramatic music.

A poet, philosopher and defender ofthe poor, Andrea Chénier believes in the ideals of his revolutionary brothers: Liberty! Equality! Fraternity! Now the revolution is over, but La Guillotine hasn’t lost her taste for blood. The revolutionaries, once so idealistic, are turning on their own to keep her fed.

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns to Australia in one of his most celebrated roles. A concert performance of Andrea Chénier offers the perfect showcase for his “dark, liquid tone, which soars through the music with refined ease and intensity” (The Guardian). A stellar supporting cast includes Ludovic Tézier, one of the world’s greatest baritones, and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chénier’s lover, Maddalena, who sings the heartbreaking ‘La mamma morta’.

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

Released from the orchestra pit, and onto the stage of the Concert Hall, you’ll hear the Opera Australia Orchestra in all their glory, led by renowned conductor Pinchas Steinberg, returning after his captivating Parsifal..

Presented by Opera Australia

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Set in the social-political upheaval of the French Revolution, Andrea Chénier is a passionate tale about romance, liberty, and the high cost of both. Based on the real life story of poet and philosopher Andrea Chénier, it received 20 curtain calls and rave reviews when first performed in Milan in 1896. Despite this, Andrea Chenier has become a rarity in the 21stcentury, along with much of Giordano’s operas, and is therefore a not-to-be-missed event for opera lovers.

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

OPera Australia / Andrea Chenier Sydney Opera House August 2019 © Keith Saunders

Artist Information
Andrea Chénier Jonas Kaufmann;  Maddalena Eva-Maria Westbroek;  Carlo Gérard Ludovic Tézier;  Bersi Sian Pendry;  Madelon Anna Dowsley;  The Incredibile Benjamin Rasheed;  Roucher Richard Anderson;  Mathieu Luke Gabbedy;  Contessa di Coigny Dominica Matthews;  The Abbé Graeme Macfarlane;  Fléville Christopher Hillier;  Fouquier-Tinville / Schmidt Alexander Hargreaves;  Major-Domo/Dumas Jonathan Alley

Opera Australia Chorus
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Sydney, Opera House, Salome – Richard Strauss, März 2019

März 20, 2019 by  
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Salome –  Richard Strauss

Beneath desire, depravity. Beneath lust, bloodlust. Beneath the veils, everything is laid bare. – In King Herod’s lurid fantasies, lust has no boundaries and desire no limits. Even his own stepdaughter tempts him, taunts him: Salome, the virgin seductress, an innocent with a taste for blood. Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core: a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour.

The music is at once ravishing and repellent. Strauss augments an enormous orchestra with organ, harps and celestas. The effect is a web of exotic melodies, enticing rhythms and intriguing dissonance, famously on display in the Dance of the Seven Veils. Heard live, it is an unforgettable experience.

Lise Lindstrom is riveting as Salome, finding fragility and nuance in a role that demands a powerhouse voice and gifted actress.

Lust, violence and religious fervor all have their moments in this short, compelling opera about the worst of human nature.

Thursday 21 March 2019 at 7.30pm
Saturday 23 March 2019 at 1.00pm
Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 7.30pm


Salome
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Creative Team
Conductor Johannes Fritzsch
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Choreographer Kelley Abbey

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Artist Information
Salome Lise Lindstrom
Herodias Jacqueline Dark
Herod Andreas Conrad
Narraboth Paul O’Neill
Jokanaan Alexander Krasnov
Page / Slave Sian Pendry
First Jew Virgilio Marino
Second Jew Brad Cooper
Third Jew Benjamin Rasheed
Fourth Jew John Longmuir
Fifth Jew Andrew Moran
First Soldier Gennadi Dubinsky
Second Soldier Jonathan Alley
Cappadocian Alexander Hargreaves
First Nazarene David Parkin
Second Nazarene Christopher Hillier


 

In German with English surtitles | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible | No language barrier

For ages 15+ | Contains strobe lighting effects and adult themes; not recommended for children – Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

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Sydney, Opera House, Daniel Hope and Zürich Chamber Orchestra, 09.09.2018

September 3, 2018 by  
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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.

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Sydney, Opera House, Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, 06.07. – 24.08.2018

Juli 4, 2018 by  
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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.

Termine :
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

Besetzung :
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

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