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Experience mid-winter magic at Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia

May 15, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Opera Australia, one of the world’s most successful opera companies, has a range of exciting productions playing at the renowned Sydney Opera House mid-year, with Rigoletto, Otello and Don Giovanni taking the stage across June and July.

Australian star soprano Emma Matthews features in a glamorous new production of Rigoletto, which premieres in Sydney from June. From its lavish opening party scene, through to its closing moments of heartbreak, it features spectacular staging well matched by immense operatic talents, including renowned Italian opera stars Giorgio Caoduro and Gianluca Terranova, together with Australia’s own José Carbó.

The operatic masterpiece Otello opens in early July, featuring New Zealand star tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. O’Neill, who learned the role from Placido Domingo himself, makes his debut with Opera Australia performing opposite sensational soprano Tamar Iveri, who performs the role of the beautiful Desdemona. Romanian maestro Christian Badea returns to conduct with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes has been called ‘the Brad Pitt of opera” (!). His striking looks, seductive swagger and magnificent voice suit him well as the original casanova, Don Giovanni. Opening in July, this is a new Don Giovanni fit for a 21st century audience, by Britain’s #1 opera director Sir David McVicar who makes his Australian debut. Glamorous Russian soprano Elvira Fatykhova returns to the Australian stage to perform opposite Teddy, as the love-struck Donna Anna.

“Winter is a magical time to enjoy an opera at the Sydney Opera House” says Opera Australia Chief Executive, Craig Hassall. “This season features brand new productions of much loved operas, with sensational international and local talent. While the temperature goes down outside, it goes up inside with these hot-blooded stories of love won and lost. Every one of these productions will delight visitors to Sydney looking to enjoy the opera in one of the world’s most spectacular venues.”

Each year Opera Australia presents more than 600 performances, including seasons of opera and musicals at Sydney’s iconic Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Thriving under the leadership of Chief Executive Craig Hassall and Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Opera Australia is the country’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation, dedicated to enriching Australia’s cultural life for visitors by offering exceptional opera experiences to excite audiences.

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