Anne-Louise Sarks makes theatre from theatre. Her stunning reworking of Medea at Belvoir in 2012 swept up awards everywhere and set a new standard for rethinking classics. Now Sarks begins her tenure as Resident Director with a show about power and freedom. All photos by Brett Boardman.
Donizetti’s 1832 romantic comedy may not be his most sophisticated score but in the right directorial hands, and with a lick of fresh paint, its simple yet clever plot can come over with bags of charm. That lick of fresh paint is just what Simon Phillips and his team has given it. Add a smart cast of Opera Australia stalwarts and you’ve got a pleasure potion as heady as anything Dulcamara might be peddling.
Tartuffe is not your run of the mill, garden-variety con artist; he’s a slimy hypocrite of the highest order. Your wallet, your wife, even your daughter: nothing and no one is safe from the prying eyes and wandering hands of this scammer. Bell Shakespeare's production stars Kate Mulvany, Geraldine Hakewill, Charlie Garber, Sean O’Shea, Helen Dallimore, Jennifer Hagan, Robert Jago and Leon Ford. All photographs by Lisa Tomasetti.
Kip Williams re-imagining of Shakepeare's Macbeth puts the audience where the actors normally belong. Starring Hugo Weaving as Macbeth, Melita Jurisic as Lady Macbeth and Robert Menzies, Eden Falk, John Gaden, Kate Box and Paula Arundell. All photos by Brett Boardman.
Sir David McVicar's gothic take on Mozart's Don Giovanni stars Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Don Giovanni, Shane Lowrencev as Leporello, Elvira Fatykhova as Donna Anna, John Longmuir as Don Ottavio, Nicole Car as Donna Elvira, Taryn Fiebig as Zerlina, Richard Anderson as Masetto and Jud Arthur as The Commendatore. It opens at the Sydney Opera House on July 25 and runs until August 30. All photos by Lisa Tomasetti.
Victorian Opera presents Stephen Sondheim's musical exploration of fairy tales and what happens after happily ever after. A star cast includes Queenie van de Zandt as The Witch, Olivia Cranwell as Rapunzel, Elise McCann as Florinda, Angela Scundi as Lucinda, Lucy Maunder as Cinderella, Matthew McFarlane as Cinderella’s Prince, Jeremy Kleeman as Rapunzel’s Prince, David Harris as The Baker, Christina O’Neill as The Baker’s Wife, Josie Lane as Little Red and Matthew McFarlane as The Wolf. All photos by Jeff Busby
Paul Stanhope and Steve Hawke's epic choral cantata turns an Aboriginal freedom fighter into a musical legend thanks to inspired performances by Gondwana Voices and a host of soloists. All photos by Jane Dempster.
Rafael Bonachela's multi award-winning work, 2 One Another, weaves a vivid, exultant and sensual study of human interaction – charting the myriad actions and reactions, gestures and relationships, connections and disconnections that make up a life.
Lucy Prebble's brilliant play about love and clinical drug trials is staged by Sarah Goodes for Brisbane and Sydney with a cast including Anna McGahan, Angie Milliken, Mark Leonard Winter and Eugene Gilfedder. Photos by Lisa Tomasetti.
An Italian chimney sweep seduces the women of the household in which he works, in order to bargain for his future. Composed by Antonio Salieri, The Chimney Sweep is a sexy, fun comedy, filled with characters all shamelessly indulging their appetites. All photographs by Keith Saunders.