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An intimate look at how opera has shaped careers and lives
The Studio Series by Opera Queensland is a series of operatic performances which showcase operatic pieces that are near and dear to the hearts of the performers. It removes the excess of the sets and costumes to show you the individual, their talent and their personal story. This is a unique opportunity to follow the intimate musical journey of the performers and it really is accessible for both long time patrons of the arts and anyone curious to step into the world of opera.
A simple yet elegant set up for a grand operatic performance
I saw Romantic Heroes performed by Rosario La Spina accompanied by John Woods.
First and foremost I would like to say that Rosario a very talented tenor which would have made this an incredible performance on its own (seriously I am always in awe of how opera performers can truly project and fill up a theatre with their emotion), but what I particularly enjoyed was the commentary behind the selection of songs. Rosario explained why he picked particular pieces, one piece was one of the first he had learned, another was born from a collaborative project with another artist, a third was a personal favourite, and a fourth was one of the pieces that drew him to singing in the first place.
As someone who enjoys opera but does not know the first thing about famous operas, it was such a positive experience to be able to connect with the pieces through the artist. The pieces had new meaning to them, and it was also particularly helpful to be given context about a particular piece before hearing it to really understand the performance.
I really think that this is a good series for opera lovers ranging from fanatic fans to casual admirers. The talent and skill is undeniable, and the way this series has been crafted makes it an engaging and interesting insight for long time operatic patrons, whilst also being an enjoying and impressive performance for anyone who simply wants to sit and listen for the afternoon or evening.
This series of performances continues throughout the year from February all the way to November, with different artists every couple of weeks, each with their own personal experiences to share.
The full line up for the Opera Queensland Studio Series
If you are an opera fan, I would recommend booking multiple shows. Gaining insight into the history and loves of these talented singers will enrich your experience and as every individual's story is different each show will bring something new.
A single adult ticket costs $85, but ticket prices vary depending on whether you are a child, concession or adult, and whether you are purchasing for yourself or in a group.
But how do you get to Opera Queensland? Now this is the part that stumped me and left me running around in circles in the rain! The entrance to the Opera Queensland performance is only accessible from The Arbour side of the South Bank Pavilions. If you arrive at 140 Grey Street as the address says you will be on the wrong side of the building!
You need to enter via The Arbour, there is no entry via Grey Street.
There is a huge array of upcoming shows and performers, each with a different skill set and each performing vastly different styles of pieces. If you'd like to keep track of (and book your tickets for) the upcoming shows you can check out the entire series below:
Pandora's Box performed by Kaneen Breen Run away to the circus with "Australia's Clown Prince Of Opera" as he plunders Pandora's Box for musical treasures mysterious, macabre and magnificent. (Fri 13 May 7pm, Sat 14 May 7pm)
In Songs that Made Me, Jess performs a collection of songs that explore and celebrate her impressive rise to fame. (Fri 27 May 7pm, Sat 28 May 2pm)
A life together in song performed by Cheryl Barker & Peter Coleman-wright Cheryl and Peter reflect upon their phenomenal careers, sharing songs and stories and revealing many untold secrets about what it takes to make a life in opera. (Fri 3 Jun 7pm, Sat 4 Jun 2pm)
My favourite things performed by Jessica Aszodi & Alex Raineri Jessica and Alex's repertoire includes songs that are sometimes heartachingly familiar, sometimes curiously obscured, and always virtuosic in their performance. (Fri 5 Aug 7pm, Sat 6 Aug 2pm)
Homegrown performed by Rebecca Cassidy & Alex Raineri
Themes of nature, motherhood and deep spiritual connection to place pervade this program of music exclusively composed
by Australian women. (Fri 19 Aug 7pm, Sat 20 Aug 2pm)
L'invitation au voyage performed by Mariana Hong & Siro Battaglin
Mariana invites us to go on a journey with her, being enchanted along the way by some of the most exquisite and profound music ever written for the female voice. (Fri 7 Oct 7pm, Sat 8 Oct 2pm)
This is longing performed by Jacqui Dark
In this recital, multi award-winning opera and cabaret star Jacqui Dark will lead you on a poignant exploration of all the things we long for and long to leave behind. (Fri 21 Oct 7pm, Sat 22 Oct 2pm)
Some kind of wonderful performed by Marcus Corowa
Drawing on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage, Marcus combines elements of blues, jazz and funk to create a sound that is distinctly his own. (Fri 4 Nov 7pm, Sat 5 Nov 2pm)
A man of parts performed by Warwick Fyfe
To Warwick, these songs are like old friends he wants to introduce to you, the audience. Each has a particular significance and special place in his life. (Fri 18 Nov 7pm, Sat 19 Nov 2pm)