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Victorian Opera: The Pearl Fishers

Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
It may not boast as many hits as Carmen, but Bizet’s tale of romance and rivalry set in ancient Ceylon is a lyrical feast that grows on you with each encounter. Richard Mills conducts Elizabeth Hill-Cooper’s semi-staging, and the cast includes Kathryn Radcliffe as the hapless priestess Leïla, Carlos E.…

Blush Opera: Chop Chef

Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Chop Chef is a dark, satirical comedy where six contestants from around Australia enter the cooking battle field of a fictional reality television series Chop Chef. Faced with unusual and extreme cooking challenges, Kitty, Tom, Andy, Victoria, Kale and Renée must compete to remain alive in the game and avoid facing…

The Cooperative: Iphigénie en Tauride

Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt St, Sydney
Marking the culmination of Gluck's operatic career, Iphigénie en Tauride premiered in Paris in 1779, amidst the twilight of an old, dynastic political regime. Drawn from Euripides' accounts of the Atreidae, Iphigénie encapsulates the composer's extensive operatic reform, and explores the stories of Iphigenia and Orestes, their lives forever altered…
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West Australia Opera: The Barber of Seville

His Majesty's Theatre Perth
A hit from the early 19th century (despite a famously disastrous premiere), Rossini’s sparkling comedy has certainly stayed the course. Blessed with a cast iron plot courtesy of Beaumarchais’ original play, it remains one of the jewels of the canon. Burhan Güner conducts the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Lindy Hume’s applauded…

Blush Opera: Chop Chef

Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Chop Chef is a dark, satirical comedy where six contestants from around Australia enter the cooking battle field of a fictional reality television series Chop Chef. Faced with unusual and extreme cooking challenges, Kitty, Tom, Andy, Victoria, Kale and Renée must compete to remain alive in the game and avoid facing…

The Cooperative: Iphigénie en Tauride

Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt St, Sydney
Marking the culmination of Gluck's operatic career, Iphigénie en Tauride premiered in Paris in 1779, amidst the twilight of an old, dynastic political regime. Drawn from Euripides' accounts of the Atreidae, Iphigénie encapsulates the composer's extensive operatic reform, and explores the stories of Iphigenia and Orestes, their lives forever altered…

Opera Queensland: Sing Sing Sing

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Whether you sing in the shower or have choral experience, Sing Sing Sing is a night of music-making and merriment for all. Led by the extraordinary Jason Barry-Smith and talented Opera Queensland guest artists, experience the thrill of raising the roof with famous opera classics in a casual setting. Led…
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Opera Queensland: Are You Lonesome Tonight

Rockhampton Showgrounds New Exhibition Rd, Wandal
Starting in Rockhampton on 4 May and winding up in Roma on 25 June, the Are You Lonesome Tonight regional tour will be the most extensive of its kind in Opera Queensland’s 40-year history, visiting nearly 30 communities and covering an epic 7000 kilometres. A quirky mix of opera and country music…
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Opera Australia: Aida

Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
With its towering digital screens offering sensory and sometimes dramatic overload, Davide Livermore’s 2018 production got a mixed reaction from the critics. Limelight’s Jo Litson found some of it “thrilling”, especially the choreography, but other aspects were felt to be “verging on naff”. There is plenty of splendour, however, and some…
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Opera Queensland: Are You Lonesome Tonight

Bowen Soundshell Front Beach, Bowen
Starting in Rockhampton on 4 May and winding up in Roma on 25 June, the Are You Lonesome Tonight regional tour will be the most extensive of its kind in Opera Queensland’s 40-year history, visiting nearly 30 communities and covering an epic 7000 kilometres. A quirky mix of opera and country music…
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Opera Queensland: Are You Lonesome Tonight

World Theatre, Charters Towers 82-90 Mosman Street, Charters Towers
Starting in Rockhampton on 4 May and winding up in Roma on 25 June, the Are You Lonesome Tonight regional tour will be the most extensive of its kind in Opera Queensland’s 40-year history, visiting nearly 30 communities and covering an epic 7000 kilometres. A quirky mix of opera and country music…