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This July, your Drum is playing host to two popular productions: John Bell's highly acclaimed production of Puccini's classic Madame Butterfly, proudly presented by Opera Australia and the heartwarming favourite Christmas in July, as part of the Encore series. Tickets are now on sale for both events and early bookings are advised.

 

Opera Australia's Madame Butterfly Spreads

Friday 13 July – Saturday 14 July, 7.30pm

Opera Australia is bringing Madame Butterfly, one of the world's most popular operas and the inspiration for the hit musical Miss Saigon, to Drum Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Directed by one of Australia's greatest theatrical minds, the production features some of Opera Australia's finest singers. Chinese-born Sharon Zhai will make her Opera Australia debut in the role of Cio-Cio-San, also known as Madame Butterfly, which she will share with rising star, Danita Weatherstone. Matthew Reardon will also make his Opera Australia debut as Pinkerton, a Lieutenant in the U.S Navy, and will share the part with Martin Buckingham who reprises the role with Opera Australia.

Madame Butterfly tells the tale of two lovers separated between culture, oceans and time. The vibrant visual display of the production is coloured further by Puccini's magnificent score, including the famous 'Humming Chorus' and heartbreaking 'One Fine Day', which is performed with an 11-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Warwick Stengårds.

Opera Australia's national performance also provides an opportunity for younger locals to become involved in the production through the Children's Chorus program. This July, students from the Emerson School and St Margaret's School will sing with Opera Australia's wonderful singers as part of the Children's Choruses.

Opera Australia's Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini is passionate about introducing opera to new audiences and offering Australians across the country the chance to experience opera performances by Australia's national opera company.

"We are thrilled to be bringing this captivating production of Madame Butterfly to audiences this year," said Mr Terracini. "It is a privilege to have such a high calibre cast and artistic team at the helm, including some of our best local and international artists, as well as internationally acclaimed conductor Warwick Stengårds who joins us from Vienna, and the iconic John Bell. This show will absolutely blow audiences away."

To purchase your ticket, please click here.

Note: Performed in English.

 

Christmas in July, A Winter Wonderland

Thursday 19 July, 10.30am

For one day only, Drum Theatre will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland! Come along with your family and friends and enjoy free tea and coffee and a slice of plum cake, then get ready for a magical performance of all your Christmas favourites.

Led by perennial favourite compere Chris McKenna, the cast includes star tenor Roy Best and international soprano Alison Jones, accompanied by pianist Len Vorster.

With a wonderful blend of traditional Christmas carols mixed with some contemporary Christmas songs and a whole lot of laughs in between, Christmas in July is set to be one of the year's must-see Encore highlights.

There are some great Christmas gifts up for grabs as well, so make sure to purchase a raffle ticket as you might be chosen as one of the lucky winners!

Christmas in July is produced by Promac Australia.

To purchase your ticket, please click here.

Note: The event is suitable for all ages.

 

For more information on either production, ticketing options and to plan your visit, please head to:

drumtheatre.com.au

www.facebook.com/TheDrumTheatre


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