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Opera Australia kicks off 2021 in style with The Merry Widow

December 12, 2020 Lifestyle News No Comments Email Email

More than nine months since its last performance, Opera Australia is thrilled to be back at the Sydney Opera House, opening on January 5 with Lehár’s uplifting The Merry Widow.

In this magnificently opulent production, all the glitz and glamour of art deco France comes alive thanks to the creative dream team of director/choreographer Graeme Murphy, set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume designer Jennifer Irwin. Their vision combines spirited choreography with lavish costumes and stunning sets, creating a show to be enjoyed by all.

Following their acclaimed performances in West Side Story on Sydney Harbour last year, two of the country’s finest performers, Julie Lea Goodwin and Alexander Lewis will lead an all-Australian cast in this dance-packed show.

The pair will reunite on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage to play former lovers Hanna Glavari and Danilo Danilovich in this entertaining tale of a newly wealthy widow who is suddenly the hottest catch in town.

Performing alongside the duo will be David Whitney as the comic Baron Mirko Zeta and soaring soprano Stacey Alleaume as Valencienne. Joining them on stage will be an ensemble of celebrated local talent including Jane Ede, Luke Gabbedy, Richard Anderson, Benjamin Rasheed and Angela Hogan.

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion will lead the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus in their performance of Lehár’s fantastic music.

With magnificent sets, brilliant choreography and fabulous costumes The Merry Widow is the perfect start to 2021.

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