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1984 | shake & stir theatre co

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Brisbane’s shake & stir theatre co cement themselves as masters of adaption with 1984, the 2012 production remounted this year for a four state tour and currently playing at QPAC in Br...

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Poetic Songs | Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The title of this concert didn’t quite describe it. Yes, the concert included Richard Strauss’ sublime epitaph for the Romantic era, Four last songs, but the remainder of the concert was purely or...

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Caligula | The Danger Ensemble

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Narrative and character were thrown overboard into a sea of plastic cups and replaced with random text from a range of amazing writers like Plath, Cave and Camus but the delivery of their snippets of prose failed to en...

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Carnival of the Animals | Circa and Out of the Box

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Carnival of the Animals is a delightful and unique circus and visual theatre experience for children (and their grownups) that beautifully uses and is inspired by the music of classic French composer Camille Sa...

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Thursday, 26 June 2014

It’s Out of the Box Festival time again at QPAC and one of the many performances on offer this year is the theatrical interpretation of Oliver Jeffers’ The Incredible Book Eating Bo...

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Virtuoso | Southern Cross Soloists

Monday, 16 June 2014

Konovalov’s playing was mesmerising, like an acrobat on a rope between skyscrapers.

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Opera on the Beach - The Magic Flute | Opera Australia

Saturday, 10 May 2014

In the wake of the success of open-air opera performances in Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia's energetic and imaginative artistic director Lyndon Terracini had the idea of putting on an opera on one of Australia’s glorious expanses of coastal sa...

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Beyond | Circa

Friday, 2 May 2014

Beyond is full to the brim of all of Circa’s trademark spectacle and quirk communicated through stunning visuals and circus choreography that will inspire, stir and warm your so...

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The King and I

Monday, 21 April 2014

Prayer chimes, incense and ‘buff’ monks take to the stage, glittering with red elephants and stylised Siamese dancers. Welcome to the 2014 Australian Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I and prepare to be blown aw...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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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