Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
The power and the passion of opera
Having recently attended the opening night of the inaugural "Opera on the Beach" event, watching Mozart's The Magic Flute, I was bowled over by the power and the passion of opera. Captivated by the beauty of the music, the vocal performances, the towering set and the joyful lateral thinking that took an opera outside and onto a beach setting, I was left wanting more. This led to the discovery of another opera to be staged on the Gold Coast, with La Boheme at the Arts Centre Gold Coast, on Sat 9th August 2014.
Puccini's story of Bohemian life is set exactly 100 years ago and holds the promise of being "the most romantic opera of all time". With a love affair, which begins on a snowy Christmas Eve, during "the last optimistic winter on the cusp of 1914", this staging is described as an "intimate and revealing new production".
Award winning theatre director Craig Ilott describes the characters as: "These Bohemians are anarchic and full of life. Their courage, hope and passion are infectious. They are scoundrels of course, without a care for tomorrow - certainly not when there is wine to be had, a kiss to be stolen and emotions to express. We love them for it - and we reminisce."
Opera Queensland have come up with a world first with the auditioning for this production. Under the banner of Project Puccini, singers from across the state auditioned to take part in La Boheme. Their goal was to be selected to perform in the chorus, singing in Italian and acting alongside principal artists and musicians, in a professionally staged opera. La Boheme will tour 8 regional centres (travelling over 21,000kms during a 6 month period) with the chorus in each being made up of local community members – everyday people with a love and a talent for singing.
The two Gold Coast performances of La Boheme on the 9th of August (at 1.30pm & 7.30pm) are set to appeal to both opera buffs and non-opera going people. If you haven't been to the opera, try it out; you may be surprised at just how much you enjoy it.