Art world - Opera Australia: Season 2016

 

During 2016, Opera Australia offers some of the world's great Opera's and musical events:

Greatest Hits of Opera

JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 26 DECEMBER—20 MARCH

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.

Mozart - The Magic Flute

JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 30 DECEMBER—16 JANUARY

Julie Taymor's (The Lion King) fantabulous production of The Magic Flute returns for the summer holidays. Shortened and sung in English, full of dancing puppets, colourful costumes and enchanting music, this production is a marvellous way to introduce children to the magical world of opera.

Puccini - La Bohème
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 2 JANUARY—23 MARCH

Nearly 120 years after Puccini wrote his smash-hit La Bohème, this story of first love still tops the list of most performed operas around the world. Perhaps the tale of four friends living for their art reminds us of a person we weren't brave enough to become. Perhaps Puccini's talent for capturing emotion in music takes us back to the first time we felt love stir in our hearts.

Miller-Heidke, Katz & Grandage - The Rabbits
ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE, 14—24 JANUARY

Some of Australia's foremost creative talents have adapted Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s captivating story into a new opera for children and families. The result is "a triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story", wrote The Guardian. 

Bizet - The Pearlfishers
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 15 JANUARY—12 MARCH

The Pearlfishers paints a picture of paradise, of golden sands and colourful silks. That soul-stirring, chart-topping Pearlfishers duet is just one highlight of a beautiful score.

Rossini - The Barber of Seville
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 28 JANUARY—22 MARCH

This delightful rollicking comedy took a young Rossini just 13 days to write. Playful energy sparkles through as many famous tunes as you can pack into two-and-a-half hours. 

A cast of great voices and high spirits play among a marvellous set of cartoonish proportions — a world inspired by 1920s silent films.

Verdi - Luisa Miller
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 11—29 FEBRUARY

Who is Luisa Miller? A woman in love, a woman in anguish — trapped by a man she does not love and a father who loves her too much. And to play her, a woman finding international stardom: Australian soprano Nicole Car, making another role debut after her successes in Europe.

Puccini - Turandot on Sydney Harbour
OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR, FLEET STEPS, MRS MACQUARIES POINT, 24 MARCH—24 APRIL

In 2016, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot: a story of a death-marked love told with salt in the air, light on the sails and the city skyline reflected in your glass. It's the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets and sparkling wine, in perfect harmony. Join us at the water’s edge in a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.

Bizet - Carmen
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 16 JUNE—12 AUGUST

The ultimate femme fatale is here to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.

Prokofiev - The Love for Three Oranges
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 22 JUNE—9 JULY

Take a melancholy prince, a cantankerous witch and the curse of a love strange and strong: an unquenchable passion of unusual fashion for not just one orange, but three! Add an infectious march, some fantastical farce and a kingdom of curious characters, and you have Prokofiev's surreal, screwball fairytale for adults.

Mozart - Così fan tutte
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 19 JULY—13 AUGUST

Mozart's opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other's lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet. Absurd? Yes, but Mozart's luminous music takes the absurd and makes it sublime.

Verdi - Simon Boccanegra
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 26 JULY—13 AUGUST

Boccanegra is a powerful man with a great tragedy in his past: 25 years earlier, his young lover died and their baby mysteriously disappeared. Just as he thinks he might have found his daughter, his enemies start to move against him.

Lerner & Loewe - My Fair Lady
JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 30 AUGUST—5 NOVEMBER

Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.

John & Watkins - Sydney Opera House — The Opera (The Eighth Wonder)
FORECOURT, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 28 OCTOBER—5 NOVEMBER

The architect walked out. The Premier died. The costs ballooned, and the years marched on. Building the Sydney Opera House is a story with more twists and turns than an opera. See it performed outdoors on the steps of the Sydney Opera House with the building itself as the set: a momentous performance on and about the world’s most famous building.

 

The iconic, Sydney Opera House will provide a perfect setting for Opera Australia's spectacular and star-studded, 2016.

For information on Opera Australia's - Sydney Opera House - performances during 2016 visit: The Sydney Opera House.

For Qantas flight and hotel information to Sydney, Australia: Qantas.

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