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Samson | La Boite Theatre Company and Belvoir

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Written by first time playwright Julia Rose-Lewis, Samson covers a lot of ground in a short time, but at its heart it is a play about friendship, grief and gu...

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Pirates of Penzance | Harvest Rain

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Orchestra, curtains, lights and a plethora of pirates with a whole lotta ‘aaarrrrrrr’ burst onto the stage on Friday night at the Concert Hall, QP...

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The Queen of Heaven | The Sixteen

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Sixteen is on of the great choral ensembles currently on the world stage. Founded in the late 70s, it is still directed by its founder, Harry Christophers, who has been decorated for his work with the ensemble over several decades. It was a great privilege to hear the ensemble in Brisbane last ni...

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Wicked - The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Monday, 16 February 2015

From the Land of Oz our story sprung, with some early-college-antics where our two witches became best, worst, best and ‘whatever’ friends, setting the scene for the show to follow. And what a show fo...

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Gasp! | Queensland Theatre Company

Friday, 21 November 2014

With his trademark mix of sly metaphor and sarcastic humour, Ben Elton’s satirical offering Gasp!, now showing at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre for QTC, both delights and demands attention from au...

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How To Keep An Alien | Rough Magic

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

How To Keep An Alien is a mostly one-woman show, and Sonya Kelly, as the key performer is simply wonderful to watch on stage.

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Monkey ... Journey to the West | Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image

Friday, 26 September 2014

Monkey…Journey to the West combines the beautiful multi-artform presentation of Theatre of Image and an old Chinese story steeped in tradition to make its mark in the last few days of Brisbane Fe...

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The Button Event | Queensland Theatre Company

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Relating the true story of the illness of MacDonald’s young daughter Lola, this autobiographical work acts as a testament to family, community, science and fa...

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Orlando | The Rabble

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Rabble have wrenched apart this classic text and created a new work that highlights the fractured psyche of Orlando, the malleability of gender and the precarious volatility of id...

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Opera Queensland Presents Season 2009
Sunday, 05 October 2008 04:29
RigolettoRight - Acclaimed Australian baritone Michael Lewis sings the title role in Rigoletto

With Viva Verdi on their lips, lovers of Italian opera will be treated to two of the greatest examples of the genre when Opera Queensland presents the celebrated composer’s masterworks La traviata and Rigoletto as the top and tail of its 2009 Season.

Next year’s season boasts five productions and a major recital, with an Australian première production of Beethoven’s sole opera Fidelio in July as well as two world première productions, Dirty Apple and Waltzing Our Matilda, in the same month.

Three magnificent sopranos Elvira Fatykhova, Emma Matthews and Anke Höppner will grace the Lyric and Conservatorium stages to deliver the roles of Violetta (La traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Leonore (Fidelio), respectively. For Matthews, it will be a role and company debut. Commanding Australian baritone Michael Lewis AM will dazzle audiences with his compelling performance as the scornful jester Rigoletto, a role which has garnered him critical acclaim here and overseas throughout his extensive career.

An exciting youth opera, Dirty Apple, will make its world première in July as part of the Queensland Music Festival and Q150 celebrations. This provocative new work, which deals with the contentious issue of cyber bullying, is a collaboration between Opera Queensland and Backbone Youth Arts. It has been developed by a team of 14 young people (aged between 13 and 18) in conjunction with composer Jonathan Henderson and librettist Shaun Charles, under the direction of Fraser Corfield. The themes of Dirty Apple are relevant to the youth of today and the wider community. The seven-performance season will be staged at the Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, marking the first time that the company has presented a production at this venue. Co-production partners include Q150, Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Two additional events will complete the season: David Hobson & Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Recital starring two of the hottest names (and bodies) in opera, and Waltzing Our Matilda, a theatrical journey which will take audiences through the wonderful music and history of Queensland to mark the State’s 150th year of independence. Following the two-performance Brisbane season of Waltzing Our Matilda in July, the production will tour regional Queensland in August with performances in centres such as Toowoomba, Maryborough, Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Moranbah, Proserpine, Innisfail, Atherton and Cairns. The tour will be co-presented with the Queensland Arts Council.

“2009 promises our many and varied audiences a veritable feast – an operatic degustation providing dishes for every taste, exploring the human condition in the most appetising ways,” said Chris Mangin, Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive. “Not only will this musical banquet mine the greats of the opera canon, it will celebrate the State’s 150th anniversary, provide a platform for a world first that draws on the immense talents of our people and the very real strengths of our artists in every respect. With six courses you shouldn’t miss a morsel.”

The year will also be rich in experience for young and old through our education and community outreach programs as well as our unique program for emerging young talent under the directorship of Jason Barry-Smith.

Subscriptions to Opera Queensland’s Season 2009 are now on sale. Phone qtix 136 246. Request a free season brochure by phoning Opera Queensland on 3735 3030 or visit the company’s website at www.operaqueensland.com.au

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