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
Opera Australia Orchestra

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Sydney, Opera House, La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, 27.03. – 26.04.2020

Juli 24, 2019 by  
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La Traviata  –  Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour,  Venue: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Performances  27 March – 26 April  2020

Featuring fireworks every night and a pop-up venue with comfortable grandstand seating,  La Traviata on Sydney Harbour will be a night to remember!

Violetta is the life of every party. A courtesan with a heart of gold, she’s free and free-spirited. Could a little love change everything? Experience the joy and heartache of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out, with fireworks lighting up the sky at every performance.

Violetta wears velvet and lace and drinks the very best champagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company desired. She’s free and free-spirited, living outside society’s bounds, and for this courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?

La Traviata is so popular because it puts a life we can only dream of on stage, with its risqué glamour, joys and sorrows. Verdi’s music sings of freedom with flying melodies, makes merry with rousing drinking songs and leaves us, at the last, with passionate duets between breaking hearts.

This production by Elijah Moshinsky is one of our most successful, featuring lush party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside.

Lavish, crowded sets and exquisite costumes combined with Verdi’s famous tunes offer the perfect way to experience opera for the first time, or the chance to revisit a favourite with an exciting new cast.

Adored at home and sought-after abroad, Nicole Car makes her debut as Violetta.

La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi
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Season runs from Friday 27 March to Sunday 26 April 2020 – Performances every Tuesday – Sunday at 7.30pm commencing Friday 27 March until Sunday 26 April 2020. Exception: No performance on Good Friday, 10 April 2020. Please note: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour on 22 April 2020 is a Relaxed Performance

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour
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Featuring fireworks every night and a pop-up venue with comfortable grandstand seating, La Traviata on Sydney Harbour will be a night to remember.

Recommended for ages 8+ –  Children 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult. All patrons, irrespective of age, must hold a valid ticket. This event runs for 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval

Season runs from Friday 27 March to Sunday 26 April 2020 – Performances every Tuesday – Sunday at 7.30pm commencing Friday 27 March until Sunday 26 April 2020. Exception: No performance on Good Friday, 10 April 2020.


Creative Team

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion,  Based on original production by Francesca Zambello
Director Constantine Costi,  Set Designer Brian Thomson, Costume Designer Tess Schofield, Lighting Designer John Rayment, Choreographer Shannon Burns

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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, La Bohème, Januar – März 2019

Januar 2, 2019 by  
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La Bohème

The original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin.In the Joan Sutherland Theatre  In Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible | No language barrier

The original bohemian love story, set amongst the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s.

A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher walk into a bar to celebrate a sudden windfall in a lean winter. It’s Christmas Eve, and the poet has just felt the first pangs of great love. When a seamstress knocks on his door searching for candlelight, the pair fall in love faster than she can sing “Yes, they call me Mimì…”Between the ideals of love and art and the cruel realities of cold winters, bitter jealousies and empty pockets, two sets of lovers are trying to find their way.

By the time the curtain comes down, you’ll know the answer to an eternal question: is love enough?

See it if you like: devastating love stories, gorgeous costumes and impressive sets, the musical RENT, or Moulin Rouge.


Creative Team


Conductor : Benjamin Northey (Dec 31–Jan 12) / Nicholas Milton (Jan 17–Feb 8) / Dane Lam (from 16 Mar)
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Hugh Halliday
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Assistant Director Liesel Badorrek


Artist Information


Mimì : 
Joyce El-Khoury
(Dec 31; Jan 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19)
Maija Kovalevska
(Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 21, 23, 31; Feb 2-8; Mar 16-28)
Rodolfo : 
Ivan Magrì
(Dec 31; Jan 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19)
Diego Torre
(Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 21, 23, 31; Feb 2-8; Mar 16-28)
Musetta : 
Anna Princeva
(Dec 31; Jan 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 23)
Julie Lea Goodwin
(Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 31; Feb 2-8)
Lorina Gore
(from Mar 16)
Marcello : 
Samuel Dundas
(Dec 31; Jan 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 23)
Luke Gabbedy
(Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 31; Feb 2-8; Mar 16-28)
Schaunard Shane Lowrencev
Colline : 
Taras Berezhansky
(2-12 Jan)
David Parkin
(17 Jan-28 March)
Benoît Graeme Macfarlane
Alcindoro Adrian Tamburini
Officer Clifford Plumpton
Sergeant Malcolm Ede
Parpignol :
Nara Lee (until Jan 12)
Benjamin Rasheed (from Jan 17)

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Opera Australia Children’s Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra


Season runs from Wednesday 2 January to Thursday 28 March 2019


Wednesday 2 January 7:30pm
Thursday 3 January 7:30pm
Friday 4 January 7:30pm
Saturday 5 January 7:30pm

Tuesday 8 January 7:30pm
Wednesday 9 January 7:30pm
Thursday 10 January 7:30pm
Friday 11 January 7:30pm
Saturday 12 January 7:30pm

Thursday 17 January 7:30pm
Saturday 19 January 7:30pm

Monday 21 January 7:30pm
Wednesday 23 January 7:30pm

Thursday 31 January 7:30pm
Saturday 2 February 7.30pm

Tuesday 5 February 7:30pm
Friday 8 February 7:30pm

Saturday 16 March 1:00pm

Wednesday 20 March 7.30pm
Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Monday 25 March 7.30pm
Thursday 28 March 7.30pm

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