Opera Australia (OA) today announced soprano Stacey Alleaume will make her in-theatre debut as Violetta in Elijah Moshinsky’s celebrated production of La Traviata, a highlight of the Company’s 2022 Melbourne season.
The 2022 program will also feature the Australian premiere of Olivier Py’s production of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin and a one-night only concert by arguably the greatest bass alive today, Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with a highly anticipated blockbuster musical.
VERDI: La Traviata | Conductor Renato Palumbo | Director Elijah Moshinsky
Following her success at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, shining star soprano Stacey Alleaume will make her in-theatre role debut as Violetta. Renato Palumbo makes a welcome return to Australia to conduct Ho-Yoon Chung as Alfredo, José Carbó as Giorgio and Celeste Haworth as Flora. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, May 4 – 28 2022
WAGNER: Lohengrin | Conductor Tahu Matheson | Director Olivier Py
A co-production with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Olivier Py’s Lohengrin will premiere in Melbourne, using a monumental revolving tiered set to depict a decaying theatre where emblems of German Romanticism gather dust. Opera Australia’s Head of Music Tahu Matheson will conduct Wagner’s romantic opera for the first time with an all-star cast featuring Emily Magee as Elsa, Elena Gabouri as Ortrud, Marco Vratogna as Telramund and Roberto Aronica in the title role. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, May 14 – 24, 2022
BOITO: Mefistofele | Conductor Andrea Battistoni | Director Matthew Barclay
Never before performed in Australia, the music of Boito’s only completed opera will ring out in the State Theatre. After her 2021 Australian debut in Aida, American soprano Leah Crocetto will return to Melbourne to sing the part of Margherita opposite Australia’s favourite tenor Diego Torre as Faust, Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as Mefistofele. Sensational young conductor Andrea Battistoni will conduct the full orchestra, huge chorus and big children’s chorus through Boito’s lush orchestration in a tale about a dance with the devil himself. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, May 25 – 27, 2022
Ferruccio Furlanetto Concert | Pianist Natalia Sidorenko
The globally renowned Ferruccio Furlanetto will deliver a one night only concert showcasing his vast vocal range, thundering power and vocal abilities for which he is known around the world. One of the world’s most sought after singers, Ferruccio will traverse the emotional landscape of Brahms, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov along with a variety of recognisable bass arias from Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Boris Gudanov, Don Carlo and more. Melbourne Recital Centre, June 1, 2022
LLOYD-WEBBER: The Phantom of the Opera
One of the most successful musicals of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, will bring hit after hit from its musical score to Melbourne. Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary show makes its Arts Centre Melbourne debut, with new direction, scenic design, lighting, sound and choreography with the original Tony- Award-winning costume designs. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, October 30 – December 31 2022
ROSSINI: The Barber of Seville | Director Priscilla Jackman
Priscilla Jackman makes her OA national tour directorial debut with a new production of The Barber of Seville. The tour will travel across Victoria, Tasmania, Canberra, and New South Wales, bringing a world-class standard of opera to regional communities. This production will include a Regional Children’s Chorus, giving young singers from each community a chance to perform onstage alongside industry-leading opera singers.