Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin is the journey from what could be to what might have been. In between lies the tragedy. Danish director, and Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Kasper Holten’s intriguing new production portrays Tatyana and Onegin as two dreamers whose lives drift and dance around each other, at the mercy of capricious breezes.
Handa Opera 2014 presents Puccini's classic Madama Butterfly directed by La Fura dels Baus. We’re in Japan. A young American acquires a bride to keep him company during his stay. It’s clearly a financial transaction rather than a love match but on their wedding night the stars come out. The harbour-front site will be transformed into an exquisite Japanese garden hosting a superb range of Japanese-inspired dining options and bars.
Eight of Australia’s finest young musicians have won coveted places on this year’s prestigious Sydney Symphony Orchestra Credit Suisse Fellowship program. Chosen from among hundreds of applicants from around the country, the young performers will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an intensive, year-long apprenticeship with the SSO.
Michael Frayn’s comic masterpiece reveals the goings-on as a Z-list touring theatre company attempts to mount the somewhat dire bedroom farce, Nothing On. Jonathan Biggins directs a cast led by Marcus Graham as the despotic director, and including Genevieve Lemon, Tracy Mann and Ron Haddrick. Behind the pratfalls and missed cues is a craft so precise you never know where reality ends and the play begins.
Elektra is Richard Strauss's biggest opera, calling for more than a hundred orchestral musicians. David Robertson and the SSO share the platform with a great cast of singers and members of the Sydney Dance Company to reveal its fierceness and sublimated eroticism in a gripping theatrical event.
Created for the Royal Shakespeare Company, this work by Russian director Dmitry Krymov is genre-busting alchemy, and in a reimagining of Shakespeare’s great play he imbues such tenderness, grandeur and spectacle, that the theatre seems swollen with joy. At the heart of this exuberant production lies a love story, with endless magic whirling all around it … fruit, flowers and brilliant five-metre puppets … a massive ensemble, an opera singer, two acrobats... Dazzlingly executed
On a remote South African farm, a kitchen smoulders with brutality and tenderness. Julie, the daughter of the Afrikaans farm master, is dangerously drawn to John, one of her father’s servants, as a lifetime of nuanced and flirtatious advances explodes in a single evening of raw and intense emotion. Yaël Farber's production of Strinberg explores the visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa 18 years after the end of apartheid.
Batsheva Dance Company prove again and again that they are one of the greatest companies on the planet and one of the coolest as well with this stunning production of contemporary dance – Deca Dance.
Seven exciting young singers and a pianist have won this year’s coveted places in Victorian Opera’s Master of Music course. The unique two-year program is delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne.
The tragedy, the drama, the scheming and betrayal of Verdi's Otello presented by the West Australian Opera, Cape Town Chorus and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Sydney Theatre Company has collaborated with the Australian Defence Force to create a remarkable new piece of theatre. British director Stephen Rayne and Australian writer Daniel Keene have developed a work which illuminates the challenges of the return to everyday life of servicemen and women many of whom work here alongside professional actors as part of a broader rehabilitation program that will assist their recovery.
The ultimate femme fatale is back to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance in Opera Australia and Francesca Zambello's latest production of Carmen.
Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to both conduct and perform Mozart violin concerto's.
Colour, comedy and bikinis… that's what's promised with Simon Phillips' new production for Opera Australia of Rossini's sparkling comedy The Turk in Italy. Emma Matthews and Conal Coad lead the home team alongside international stars Luciano Botelho and Paolo Bordogna.
With the sad passing of Claudio Abbado, here is a fond look back on some of the musical moments from the life of one of the leading conductors of the twentieth century.