SYDNEY WINTER SEASON 2017
June – October 2017
Opera Australia welcomes the world’s best singers to Sydney this winter, headlined by the iconic German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Australia’s superstar soprano Nicole Car in a program of epic concert performances, choral masterpieces and intimate recitals.
Two Weddings, One Bride (Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and more)
With glorious melodies, sumptuous costumes and a vibrant set, Opera Australia’s joyful musical comedy Two Weddings, One Bride premiered at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House this April.
Inspired by the exotic surrounds of Morocco, Two Weddings, One Bride winds together some of the world’s favourite operetta waltzes, polkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kálmán with a quirky story in a brand new operetta created by Robert Andrew Greene.
Two Weddings, One Bride will be led by stunning opera and musical theatre crossover artist Julie Lea Goodwin along with Australian theatre royalty Geraldine Turner, John Bolton Wood, Nicholas Jones, David Lewis and Andrew Jones.
This new work will be directed by Dean Bryant of Anything Goes and The Rocky Horror Show fame and features costumes by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’s Oscar Award-winning designer Tim Chappel.
The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 7 – Sunday 25 June 2017
Adult tickets from $89 (fees may apply)
Over three weekends, Opera Australia’s talented Principal Artists present intimate afternoon recital programs of unique and rarely performed work in Opera Australia’s artistic home, The Opera Centre, accompanied by Siro Battaglin on piano.
Natalie Aroyan & José Carbó
Saturday 3 June, 2:30pm
Up-and-coming Armenian-Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan and renowned Argentinian- Australian tenor José Carbó join together to perform a range of works from their birth countries.
Stacey Alleaume, John Longmuir & Agnes Sarkis
Saturday 17 June, 2:30pm
Talented young soprano Stacey Alleaume presents a solo program of opera classics and John Longmuir sings Janáček’s haunting The Diary of the Man Who Disappeared, joined by mezzo soprano Agnes Sarkis.
Jonathan Abernethy & Anna Dowsley
Saturday 29 July, 2:30pm
Accomplished young singers Jonathan Abernethy and Anna Dowsley combine to sing the best of German Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf.
Joan Sutherland Studio, The Opera Centre, Surry Hills
Adult tickets $85 (fees may apply)
Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House & Opera Australia Presents
The Nixon Tapes (Adams, Greenwood, Dessner)
In a spectacular culmination of the 2017 Vivid Festival, Vivid LIVE will join with Opera Australia to present the long-awaited Sydney premiere of The Nixon Tapes — scenes from John Adams’ operatic debut Nixon in China, refashioned for the concert hall by the composer himself.
The acclaimed Opera Australia Orchestra begins the evening with orchestral works Popcorn Superhet Receiver by contemporary music giants Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and St Carolyn by the Sea by Bryce Dessner (The National). In The Nixon Tapes, five Opera Australia soloists and the Opera Australia Chorus will perform highlights of the score.
One of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years, Nicole Car has transformed from one of Opera Australia’s Young Artists to an acclaimed soprano in demand across the world.
Fresh from performances as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Opéra Bastille, Nicole will star as Thaïs, the disillusioned courtesan, opposite Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis as the man who cannot resist her charms, Athanaël.
The Opera Australia Orchestra will play the powerful score in a rare opportunity to hear Massenet’s exotic masterpiece performed live in concert.
Sydney Town Hall
Saturday 22 and Monday 24 July 2017
Adult tickets from $95 (fees may apply)
Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House to perform a rare concert performance of Wagner’s final opera – one of opera’s most challenging roles.
The power and majesty of Wagner’s music needs massive orchestral forces. Released from their usual confines of the orchestra pit, the Opera Australia Orchestra will take to the stage, under conductor Pinchas Steinberg. Passionate, epic and moving, Parsifal will be something to behold.
Verdi Requiem (Verdi)
Finalists in the 2017 International Opera Awards, Opera Australia’s highly acclaimed Chorus will join an international and Australian cast of Verdi specialists in the choral masterpiece Verdi Requiem. Italian conductor Renato Palumbo will lead Serena Farnocchia, Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torre and Roberto Scandiuzzi in a thrilling journey of intense human emotion.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 August 2017
Adult tickets from $85 (fees may apply)
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Schubert, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky)
Ferruccio Furlanetto is sought after worldwide, from the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala, to sing the conflicted fathers, tortured priests and playful devils of great operatic works.
He returns to Sydney after his acclaimed performances as King Philip II in Don Carlos to give two recitals with pianist Igor Tchetuev in the intimate surrounds of City Recital Hall.
Furlanetto’s powerful interpretation of Schubert’s stunning song cycle, Winterreise, captures the energy, despair and sensual longing of the work. Journey with him as he traverses a cold winter landscape, painted one falling leaf and shard of ice at a time by Tchetuev’s piano.
A second program explores the soulful poetry of Russian art song. Only the vast expanse of a Russian winter could inspire Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Rachmaninov’s moody romances. Somehow, the music captures the darkness, cold and longing of a people waiting for the sun, for life and love to return — sparks of light and hope in a bleak night.
City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 September 2017
Adult tickets from $59 (fees may apply)
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
For the first time in decades, Opera Australia will move out of the Sydney Opera House to explore Sydney’s beautiful Capitol Theatre.
Performed in Sydney more than any other production, Moffatt Oxenbould’s legendary imagining of Madama Butterfly will journey across the city, with South Korean sopranos Karah Son and Hyesoung Kwon singing the lead role of Cio-Cio-San.
Wrapped in silk and surrounded by fire and water, this is a unique opportunity to hear Puccini’s breathtaking music soar through the Capitol Theatre.
Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November 2017
Adult tickets from $99 (fees may apply)