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8 Dec, 12pm | Canberra Theatre Centre and the Royal Military College Band presents Music at Midday
Featuring a mix of Christmas classics, big band hits and musical surprises and with all donations benefiting Ronald McDonald House.
Canberra Theatre Centre
11 Dec, 6 & 8pm | Luminescence: Christmas Classics
The most beautiful carols bundled into one heavenly hour. Twelve voices, one for each day of Christmas. Luminescence performs a memorable selection of carols from around the world.
Wesley Uniting Church -Forrest
12 Dec, 3.30 & 5pm | CIMF: Barker and Barton
William Barton, didgeridoo, joins master drummer Simon Barker in a new collaboration commissioned for CIMF 2020. Two of Australia’s greatest improvisors come together in the new Verity Lane Market.
Verity Lane Market – Northbourne Ave, Canberra
12 Dec, 6.30pm & 8pm | CIMF: A Boy is Born
Puer natus est. A boy is born. The ancient chant for the midnight mass that expanded into glorious polyphony immortalised through motets by Byrd, Palestrina and Victoria. Wesley Uniting Church -Forrest
13 Dec | CIMF: A Ceremony of Carols
Britten’s ceremony of innocence features the pristine voices of Luminescence with award winning harpist Alice Giles.
Wesley Uniting Church – Forrest
17 Dec, 7pm | AHE: Mozart and Mercury
Erin Helyard Directs Australian Haydn Ensemble in a program of Mozart, Haydn and Vanhal
Albert Hall, Yarralumla
14 Feb, 2pm | Canberra Symphony Orchestra: Forgotten Romance
This Chamber Classics concert pays homage to Clara Schumann and Franz Schubert, masters of the Romantic style.
Albert Hall, Canberra
1 – 19 Dec | The Wharf Review: Good Night and Good Luck
After 20 years the comedy institution The Wharf Revue bids farewell to the unforgettable trio of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott. In 2020 they will reunite with their dazzling accomplice Mandy Bishop for one final victory lap.
Canberra Theatre Centre
28 Nov, 1pm & 5pm | Enigma Quartet: Windsong Series
During a week’s stay at Barragga Bay and Bermagui. During the week, the quartet will spend time rehearsing, immersing themselves in new repertoire, and then concluding their stay with two beautiful concerts.
Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay
28 Nov, 7:30pm | Frances Madden & Band
The Joan is delighted to present the official launch concert for Frances Madden’s new album Beautiful World released in Australia by ABC Music and produced by ARIA Award winning maestro Chong Lim AM.
The Joan, Penrith
5 – 6 Dec 2pm & 7pm | Pinchgut Opera: Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit
Pinchgut Opera rings in the holiday season with Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, one of the composer’s most joyful works. Drawing on a collection of tradtional french carols, the performance will also feature some rarely heard baroque instruments.
City Recital Hall, Sydney.
5 Dec, 2 & 5pm | Sydney Philharmonia Choirs: Messiah
Thirty-two singers will be supported by a streamlined orchestra of strings with trumpets and drums, nearly identical to the forces Handel used for the premiere in Dublin in 1742.
St Andrew’s Cathedral
5 Dec, 4 & 7pm | Willoughby Symphony Orchestra: Christmas Celebration
Celebrate the Christmas season at this delightfully jubilant one hour concert performance for the whole family. Enjoy your favourite Christmas classics under the baton of acclaimed conductor Guy Noble. The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and special guest soloists from Pacific Opera will perform festive carols that will fill your heart.
The Concourse, Chatswood
5 Dec, 7pm | TMO: 2020 We’re Back Live Again
The Metropolitan Orchestra will finish 2020 just as it started, with lots of energy, excitement and plenty of much loved live music including the return of a favourite Australian work.
Petersham Townhall, Petersham
5 Dec, 6pm | The Song Company: Book of Travelers
Ensemble Artists Ethan Taylor (tenor) and Hayden Barrington (baritone) spread their vocal wings in this Close-Up program of two works from both ends of art song history – Beethoven’s majestic An die ferne Geliebter (“To the distant beloved”), the first narrative song cycle, and Gabriel Kahane’s astonishing 2018 work, Book of Travelers, a fusion of classical, jazz, and pop that weaves a musical tapestry of stories collected during the composer’s 6000-mile train journey across the USA.
Giant Dwarf, Surry Hills
6 Dec, 3pm | Ironwood Duo: Romance and Fantasy
The Sydney-based duo will draw on their extensive research to explore the intriguing performance practices of the nineteenth century – expressive portamenti, heavenly rubati and rippling arpeggiandi. Immerse yourself in the uniquely combined sounds of a beautiful antique cello by William Forster 11 and a replica of a 19th century Streicher piano.
Christ Church St Laurence
9 Dec, 8.30pm | Nexas Quartet and Emily Granger
Nexas join forces with the exuberant harpist Emily Granger to enchant you with the delights this unusual combination of instruments can deliver. Featuring adaptions of works by Debussy and Ravel the performance showcases the lush tonal palette created between harp and saxophone. The program also includes the Australian premiere of Russel Howard’s work for saxophone quartet and harp, as well as the world premiere of Wijand van Klaveren’s new work for this combination of instruments.
Venue 505 Eliza Street, Newtown
11 Dec, 7pm | Indie Ditties, Rob Hao
London-based Australian pianist Rob Hao gives the Australian premiere of Sydney-based composer Nicholas Vines’ extravagant fifty-minute portrayal of contemporary hipster subculture.
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
12 Dec, 6pm | Vazesh ✪
The Sydney Opera House’s Unwrapped season – which includes contemporary performance work across dance, music, live art and theatre – returns with events across November and December (adhering to the latest COVID-19 restrictions), including this performance by Iranian tar player Hamed Sadeghi of the Eishan Ensemble, saxophonist and bass clarinettist Jeremy Rose of The Vampires and Earshift Orchestra, and bassist Lloyd Swanton of The Necks and The Catholics. Inspired by the melodies of traditional Persian music, this improvisational performance is titled Vazesh – which means “to blow softly”.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
12 – 16 Dec Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Noël-Noël
Gather your family and friends together this Christmas and spend a joyous evening sharing rare carols, medieval hymns and a cheeky musical surprise.
City Recital Hall, Sydney
13 Dec, 3pm | Muffat Collective: Venice to Versailles
Performing some of the most stunning pieces written for the combination of two baroque violins, viola da gamba and harpsichord, the program charts a musical journey from the basilica of Venice to the Palace of Versailles with works by Marin Marais, Francoise Couperin, Jean Marie Leclair and Antonio Vivaldi.
Christ Church Saint Laurence, Sydney
16 Dec, 11am & 1pm | Jane Rutter and Bernard Walz: Together Again
A joyful 60-minute feast of favourites Classics to Musicals – Ballads to Bolero – Waltzes to West-Side Story – Christmas Cheer
The Concourse Chaswood
17 Dec, 6 & 8.30pm | Tom Burlinson: Now We’re Swingin’
This dazzling, energetic show presents a montage of swing classics by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, through to the songs made famous by supercool swingers of the current era – Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams.
Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
17 Dec, 7.30pm | Ensemble Apex presents: Symphonic Dances – Rachmaninoff
80 of Australia’s hottest young orchestral musicians return to stage to bring you a fiery performance of Rachmaninoff’s epic Symphonic Dances. Expect virtuoso performances, jazz fuelled rhythms and big, big energy.
Roundhouse, UNSW, Kensington
19 Dec, 7pm | AHE: Tempora Mutantur
AHE is delighted to return to the City Recital Hall stage this December with a performance directed by Erin Helyard. The program features Haydn’s poignantly titled Symphony Tempora Mutantur (Times are Changed) along with Helyard performing Mozart’s beautiful early Piano Concerto No.6 and Boccherini’s Piano Quintet Op.57 No.3.
City Recital Hall, Sydney
20 Dec, 2 & 7.30pm | Mark Vincent – All My Love at Christmas
One of Australia’s most successful Tenors internationally acclaimed Mark Vincent will be presenting his popular Christmas Concert.
Doltone House Sylvania Waters
5 – 16 Jan | Opera Australia: The Merry Widow
Graeme Murphy brings his signature brand of lively choreography and deft direction to the dance-packed score.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
16 Jan 6.30pm | William Barton Didge Fusion
The world’s premier didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton performs a rare intimate show.
The Old 505 Theatre, Newtown
23 Jan, 11.30am & 2.30pm | Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Guy Noble
This dynamic pair are back together to perform powerful and rapturous songs and delicate classical arias.
City Recital Hall, Sydney
8 – 11 April | Orange Chamber Music Festival
A four-day event designed to allow visitors to enjoy not only the carefully crafted programs and varied performances, but to explore and to experience the fascinating hospitality network of Orange, NSW.
Various venues, Orange
Until 29 Nov | Belvoir: CURSED!
A mixed-up family returns to the roost; a brother living a big lie, a daughter swimming in little lies, and a mum who can’t tell the truth to save herself. Read the review
Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills
Until 12 Dec | Griffin Theatre Company: Wicked Sisters ✪
Griffin finishes the year with a revival of Alma de Groen’s drama Wicked Sisters, which the company first staged in 2002. The revenge tragi-comedy tells the story of four women in their 50s. Meridee was married to a famed social Darwinist and artificial intelligence researcher who is now dead. However, his computer is still working on an algorithm about the inevitability of human extinction. When two of Meridee’s friends arrive to shake her out of her isolation, followed by another woman, secrets are revealed. Though ahead of its time, Wicked Sisters is still a period piece so it will be intriguing to see how it plays today. Nadia Tass directs actors Di Adams, Vanessa Downing, Deborah Galanos and Hannah Waterman.
Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Until 19 Dec | Sydney Theatre Company: Rules for Living ✪
Sam Holcroft’s frenetic, sharp-witted, intelligent comedy, which serves up a deliciously dysfunctional family Christmas lunch. Described by The Guardian as a “knowing comedy” which “layers on family dysfunction like icing on a Christmas cake”, Holcroft plugs the audience into the characters’ survival strategies early on so that we can quickly read their tics, twitches and destructive patterns of behaviour. Rules for Living premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2015. Susanna Dowling unleashes the madness in Sydney, making her STC directorial debut. Let the games begin.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
24 Nov – 3 Jan | Sydney Lyric: Pippin ✪
Following an outcry about the lack of diversity in Australian musical theatre with the announcement of 30 all-white semi-finalists in this year’s (subsequently cancelled) Rob Guest Endowment Award, there was a ruction when the producers of Pippin announced they were importing American performer Gabrielle McClinton to portray the Leading Player rather than casting a local performer of colour. The producers maintained they were unable to find a Sydney-based Australian with the requisite skills in singing, dancing and acrobatics. The production, directed by Diane Paulus, which premiered on Broadway in 2014, has a circus setting and features breathtaking acrobatics. They’ve got magic to do . . .
Lyric Theatre, Sydney
24 Nov – 19 Dec | Sydney Theatre Company: The Picture of Dorian Gray ✪
Exceptional actor Eryn Jean Norvill returns to Sydney Theatre Company to star in a radical reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s dazzling 1890 novel, adapted and directed by Artistic Director Kip Williams. The one-person play will see Norvill portray every role in Wilde’s witty, wicked tale about a handsome young man’s Faustian wish for eternal youth. Indulging in excessive immorality, a portrait he keeps in the attic grows ever more grotesque. As with Suddenly Last Summer (in which Norvill also performed), Williams will use live video from multiple cameras to help Norvill morph from character to character, and convey the world of Victorian era England.
Roslyn Packer Theatre
1 Dec – 21 Mar | Disney’s: Frozen The Musical ✪
Disney’s 2013 film Frozen is the highest grossing animated movie of all time. The stage adaptation, featuring an enhanced book by the original screenwriter Jennifer Lee and a dozen new songs by composer/lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, opened on Broadway in March 2018. Reviews were somewhat mixed but Limelight Editor at Large Clive Paget was won over, saying in a 4.5 star rave: “in the sure hands of British director Michael Grandage, Disney sails a steady course where humanity succeeds over mere effect and good old-fashioned theatricality triumphs over any temptation to overdo the technology”. The Australian production stars Jemma Rix (Wicked) as Elsa, Courtney Monsma (SIX The Musical) as Anna, and Matt Lee (Mary Poppins) as the talking snowman Olaf.
Capitol Theatre, Sydney
5 Dec – 31 Jan | Belvoir: My Brilliant Career ✪
A fiery tale of female emancipation, Miles Franklin’s 1901 novel My Brilliant Career tells the story of headstrong Sybylla Melvyn who longs to escape the restricted life on offer for young women in rural Australia. The novel was famously adapted into a 1979 film starring Judy Davis. Earlier this year, Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant released the original cast recording of their impressive new musical, based on the book. Now comes a new play by Kendall Feaver (The Almighty Sometime), directed by Kate Champion and starring Nikki Shiels. “Dark, funny, and roughly a century ahead of her time, Sybylla’s voice is one that demands to be heard – a guttural cry of rage against the inequities set at birth,” says Feaver.
Belvoir St Theatre
16 – 20 Dec, 9pm | Up Late With Belvoir: 44 Sex Acts in One Week
Part gig, part radio-play, part stab in the dark. From the audacious theatrical mind of David Finnigan (Kill Climate Deniers) comes a fruity, apocalyptic Rom-Com.
Belvoir St Theatre
17 – 19 Dec | Siblingship
Siblingship is a show for everyone who ever fought with, told secrets to, stood up for, laughed and cried with, absolutely couldn’t stand—but always loved and could never live without—their siblings.
Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatre
27 Dec – 31 Jan | Rent
This legendary rock musical. Join the bohemian revolution and celebrate the 25th anniversary of this global musical phenomenon with a never more prevalent message: “no day but today”.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
20 – 23 Jan | UTP and Sweatshop: Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls
Experienced as an immersive, multi-screen four-part monologue installation Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls is an oral storytelling experience from the heartland of multicultural Australia, a four-part monologue that weaves together a portrait of young people of colour growing up in the Western suburbs of Sydney.
Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres
26 Nov – 12 Dec | Sydney Dance Company: New Breed ✪
Sydney Dance Company is performing live for the first time in 12 months with New Breed – the company’s fascinating annual showcase of new works by emerging choreographers. Exciting pieces to have emerged since the program began in 2014 include Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest and Melanie Lane’s WOOF. This year, the four choreographers are Melbourne-based Joel Bray, Sydney-based Raghav Handa, and SDC dancers Chloe Leong and Jesse Scales. Social distancing is intrinsic to the choreography, with none of the performers touching. Bray, who trained at Indigenous dance college NAISDA, is creating a piece inspired by the murmuration of birds to a new score for string quartet and percussion by Brenda Gifford, a Yuin woman who is part of the current Composing Women program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
11 Dec, 8pm | Celtica
A high octane modern Irish Dance, staring an elite troupe of dancers, including stars of Riverdance and Celtic Illusion.
Sydney Coliseum Theatre
8 Dec, 8pm | MYTH by George Maple
MYTH is the intimate narrative of fractured love story, starring George Maple and Jordan Barrett. An Anti-voyeuristic, emotional journey into the hyperreal and surreal. Each scene is a spectacle of music, dance, performance art, and futuristic theatre.
Sydney Opera House
2 – 14 Feb | Circa: Peepshow
Seductive, playful, and surprising. Plunge into a world of fun and temptation as Australia’s most ground-breaking circus company exposes your deepest desires.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
5 Dec, 7.30pm | DSO: Where I Roam
Dance and orchestra combine to define place in a compelling new performance. This collaboration with choreographer Gary Lang set to a suite of beautiful symphonic music, Lang creates distinctive and evocative contemporary dance grounded in the traditions of Indigenous Australia, featuring diverse local dancers that reflect the rich cultural identity of Darwin.
Darwin Entertainment Centre
Until 27 Nov | Topology: We Will Rise Recovery Tour
A live performance of original music curated to heal, recover and rebuild. Part performance, part conversation, join the principal artists of Topology for an evening of music designed to inspire community conversation, collective reflection and renewed strength. Read Limelights review
Brisbane, Mt Perry, Bundabery, Texas, Bell, Wondai, Longreach, Mt Alford, Winton
28 Nov, 7pm | Opera Queensland: Under the Stars
Ten principal artists, a mighty 60-strong Opera Queensland Chorus, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and a choir of young singers from Yeronga State High School, are gathering to celebrate 40 years of Opera Queensland.
29 Nov, 3pm | Sunshine Sounds
Return to the magic of live music with renowned artists Katie Noonan, Louise King and Andrea Kirwin in concert. Internationally renowned cellist Louise King will play alongside five-times ARIA Award winning and seven-times platinum selling singer/songwriter Katie Noonan, with support from Fijian-Australian soul songstress Andrea Kirwin. Join these three women as they share stories of their music and friendship while bringing some much needed sunshine and succour to your soul.
4 Dec, 7pm | Ensemble Trivium: Czech Mates
Ensemble Trivium presents an exciting concert of Bohemian gems plus a world premiere by local violist/composer Michael Patterson. Works by Schulhoff, Martinu, Sperger, and Patterson.
Old Government House, Brisbane
12 – 13 Dec | Canticum Chamber Choir
CCC with Orchestra, soloists, conductor Emily Cox and Director Anatoly Frusin present a unique semi-staged production of the Christmas Oratorio, following the Holy Family as they seek refuge from tyranny.
Kelvin Grove State College
14 Nov – 12 Dec | Queensland Theatre: The Holidays ✪
Queensland Theatre finishes its year with the world premiere of David Megarrity’s The Holidays, originally programmed for July. Megarrity, a Brisbane theatre-maker, writer, composer, musician and academic, won the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for the play, which follows The Holidays on holiday. Oliver has been pulled out of school for an unexpected trip with his parents to grandad’s seaside shack. But grandad, an eccentric artist, is not there. Combining live performance, music and projections, The Holidays is described as “a disarming and lyrical chronicle about families, for families”. Bridget Boyle, who helmed QT’s award-winning play The Longest Minute, directs a cast that includes Bryan Probets and Louise Brehmer.
Bille Brown Theatre, South Brisbane
16–24 December | shake & stir theatre co: A Christmas Carol ✪ Renowned for lively adaptations of popular fiction, Brisbane’s shake & stir theatre co returns to QPAC for a third season of A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless Christmas tale features live music, cutting-edge technology, lavish costumes and an on-stage snow storm. Eugene Gilfedder plays the mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge who rediscovers his humanity when ghosts whisk him away him to Christmases past, present and still to come. Directed by Michael Futcher, the cast includes multi-instrumentalist Salliana Campbell and shake & stir’s Artistic Directors Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij.
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
10–12 Dec | Queensland Ballet: 60 Dancers: 60 Stories ✪
Instead of the big celebration it had planned for 2020, Queensland Ballet was forced to postpone its 60th anniversary season to 2021. Instead, during the dark days of isolation, the company dancers created a series of short ballets around the theme of love for a digital program called 60 Dancers: 60 Stories. Three live performances at the Brisbane Powerhouse in August quickly sold out. “A resilient Queensland Ballet re-emerges from the COVID darkness like a radiant phoenix,” said Limelight reviewer Olivia Stewart. Now, QB is performing the piece again at QPAC and once again tickets have jeté-ed out the door.
25 Nov 7pm | A Night Of Jazz With Lyndon Gray & Friends
Renowned Adelaide jazz musician, composer and ARIA award-winner Lyndon Gray curates a line-up of some of South Australia’s best local jazz talent to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music.
Her Majesty’s Theatre
2 Dec, 11:30am & 3pm | Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Mozart at Elder Four ✪
Australian violinist Emily Sun wowed audiences with her stunning performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the ABC Young Performers Award in 2018, taking out the top honour in the competition. Here she sets her sights on Mozart, with the brilliant virtuosity of the composer’s Fourth Violin Concerto, written for Mozart himself to perform in Salzburg and revised to meet the technical prowess of his replacement in the orchestra Antonio Brunetti. Sun performs this early Mozart masterpiece alongside Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony No 1, in a concert conducted by Fabian Russell.
Elder Hall, Adelaide
5 Dec, 1 and 3pm | Christmas Junior Proms
Performed by the talented Adelaide Youth Orchestra and led by the vibrant and talented Eve McMillan this interactive 50-minute performance is perfect for children 1 –7 years and their families.
Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
10 – 12 Dec | Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Adelaide Festival Centre: A Christmas Celebration
Featuring Johanna Allen, Mitchell Butel, The Idea of North and your Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, bringing you “tidings of comfort and joy”
Festival Theatre Adelaide
1 – 13 Dec | State Theatre Company SA: Ripcord ✪
After a sell-out season of Gaslight, State Theatre Company South Australia ends the year with an extended season (to accommodate the 50 percent venue capacity) of Ripcord. David Lindsay-Abaire’s razor-sharp comedy is set in a nursing home where two formidable septuagenarians duke it out. Described by STCSA Artistic Director Mitchell Butel as “halfway between The Golden Girls and Survivor”, a small bet between the two women quickly becomes an epic battle of wills that uncovers their darkest secrets. Butel directs, with Nancye Hayes and Carmel Johnson as the two rivals.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
9 – 19 Dec | Theatre Republic: The Bleeding Tree
A mother and her daughters take revenge for a life of misery, greeting the man of the house with a crack on the shins and a bullet in the neck. But what do they do with the body? Darkly poetic and brutally funny, award-winning theatre company Theatre Republic brings Angus Cerini’s epic drama roaring to the stage in an electrifying new production led by beloved South Australian artist Elena Carapetis
Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute
28 Nov, 6.30pm| Amazing India 2020
Kalalaya School of Indian Performing Arts in association with Adelaide Festival Centre presents Amazing India. This vibrant cultural extravaganza plots a journey through Indian classical, folk, contemporary, and Bollywood dance and music.
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
2 – 6 Dec | Australian Dance Theatre: Of All Things
An enthralling, dizzying, immersive performance experience created by visionary Adelaide-based choreographer Alison Currie in collaboration with award-winning design firm Enoki.
The Odeon, Norwood
28 Nov, 3pm | Junction Arts Festival: Claire Anne Taylor
Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal vocals, honest storytelling and powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
Prince’s Square, Launceston
6 Jan | PSMF: TOGETHER Marshall McGuire and Ben Opie
Two of Australia’s leading musicians come together to open the 2021 Peninsula Summer Music Festival. National treasure, Marshall McGuire on harp joins PSMF Artistic Director and oboist Ben Opie for an evening of sublime music on the balcony of the breathtaking Port Phillip Estate. Music across a multitude of styles, from baroque to German lieder, romantic songs and new Australian works.
Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
8 Jan, 6pm | Behind the Vines: Evergreen Ensemble
Evergreen Ensemble bridges the gap between folk music and baroque music. Celebrated for their virtuosic programs bringing together the best of Australia’s early music talent and folk icons, they weave stories back through time, rediscovering the sounds of folk melodies performed on period instruments. Performed outside amongst the vines, a perfect evening to stimulate the senses.
Main Ridge Estate, Mornington Peninsula
3 – 7 Feb | Melbourne Opera Melbourne Opera is thrilled to present the pinnacle of operatic excellence, indulgence and excess – Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Das Rheingold, the first of the Ring’s four operas.
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
17 Dec, 7pm | Christmas Celebration Concert, Australian Baroque
Curated and directed by Giovanni Consort’s Hugh Lydon, this is a classic English Christmas celebration concert, Westminster Cathedral style with a stunning program of festive works by Bach, Handel and Corelli.
Christ Church, Claremont
18 Dec, 7.30pm | Voyces: Christmas ✪
Fancy a little Christmas cheer? Perth-based choir Voyces will present a Christmas concert in the Ballroom of Perth’s Government House based around modern settings of Marian carols, including music by Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, William Byrd, Roxanna Panufnik, Nico Muhly, Ola Gjeilo and many more. The concert will also showcase the winning entry from the choir’s 2020 Aspire Composition Competition, which this year asked composers to provide a new setting of a traditional carol text.
Government House Ballroom, Perth
28 Nov – 20 Dec | Black Swan State Theatre Company: Oklahoma! ✪ When Richard Carroll first approached the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization to ask if he could cast a woman as the cocky cowboy Curly McLain in Oklahoma! the answer was ‘no’. However, Carroll followed up with another request discussing storytelling and the future of musical theatre, and this time the answer was ‘yes’ – as long as the Estate could sanction the actor. Emily Havea quickly got their nod of approval. Carroll believes that casting a woman in the role will add more complexity to the show, which centres on the love triangle between Curly, farm girl Laurey Williams, and sinister farmhand Jud Fry. The production will be staged in the round, with nine actors and a bluegrass quartet.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth
Until 11 Dec, 7.30pm | West Australian Ballet: Gala
A feast for the senses and a show like no other! Celebrate West Australian Ballet’s rich history and bright future with their special GALA performances.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Until – 13 Dec West Australian Ballet: The Nutcracker ✪
Could there be a more traditional, feel-good Christmas ballet than The Nutcracker? As COVID restrictions relax, and seating capacities increase, new tickets have been released for WA Ballet’s delightful production, first staged in 2016. Set in a 19th-century English winter wonderland, this magical, classical ballet will charm the whole family with its story of Clara, her brave Nutcracker soldier, the evil Mouse King, dancing sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score under conductor Jessica Gethin.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
5 – 27 Febuary | West Australian Ballet: As One – Ballet at the Quarry
Be treated to two world premieres in this program of three ballet and contemporary dance works.
City Beach Quarry Amphitheatre.
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Griffin Theatre Company: Wicked Sisters ✪
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