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From Wagnerian epic to Puccini passion
Opera Australia has officially announced its 2018 Melbourne season program. Offering a selection of operas which ranges from popular favourites, to lesser known, to contemporary, the program is bold, innovative and diverse. It is clear artistic director Lyndon Terracini is prepared to take a risk or two along the way, the better to keep audiences interested in fresh offerings. But with what Terracini describes as "...some of the finest conductors, singers, directors and designers..." on board, perhaps the risk is not so great.
The 2018 commences with Puccini's La Traviata
The season commences in April 2018 with Verdi's La Traviata. Known to many, La Traviata features party scenes in Paris, busy sets and extravagant costumes, and would be a suitable choice for someone experiencing opera for the first time. Opera Australia is delighted to have American soprano Corinne Winters in her Australian debut in her signature role as Violetta in this production. Described by Terracini as both "a wonderful singer and powerful actor", Winters leads an exciting cast in this Elijah Moshinsky production.
In late April 2018, the operatic compass turns a little more dramatic with the opening of Puccini's Tosca. In this John Bell production, a strong cast under the baton of "extraordinary" young conductor Andrea Battistoni brings to life the gripping story that starts with a runaway prisoner bursting into a chapel and progresses to a tale of love, lust and betrayal. Young American soprano Latonia Moore takes on the challenging role of Floria Tosca.
May sees the launch of Massenet's Don Quichotte - he of the tilting at windmills and serenading the pretty girls fame. Ferruccio Furlanetto, described by Terracini as 'arguably the greatest bass in the world', takes on the role of Don Quichotte. We were played a video of Furlanetto performing, and his voice is indeed extraordinary. It's easy to see how his rich and resonant bass tones make him perfect for the role.
Ferruccio Furlanetto plays his signature role of Don Quichotte in May
In October, Opera Australia tackles a contemporary work in Brian Howard's Metamorphosis, which plays at the Malthouse. Based on Franz Kafka's work of the same name, the story is about Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Through Howard's score, which Terracini describes as "at times sinewy and aggressive, but at other times beautiful", an opera which is "riveting, shattering and morbidly fascinating" emerges.
Following on from the recent success of The Ring Cycle, Opera Australia is again tackling an epic Wagner opera in Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg. Kasper Holten, who this year directed King Roger, will take on this co-production with Covent Garden. Die Meistersinger tells the story of a singing competition which Walther (Stefan Vinke) must win to claim the hand of his beloved Eva. He is supported in his quest by master singer Hans Sachs, performed in this production by James Johnson in his signature role.
Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg plays in November
The ever popular Madame Butterfly goes on tour from July 2018. Starting in outer suburban Melbourne - in Dandenong and Narre Warren - the tour continues to regional Victoria, including Ballarat, Bendigo and Sale. Click here for more details.
Season subscription packages are currently available for 2018. Buy tickets for two or more operas and save 10%. Click here for more information. Check back here later to purchase tickets for individual performances.