Information: Victorian Opera Launches Season 2021

Victorian Opera returns to the stage in 2021 celebrating native expertise and Australian opera. Amongst its ten productions, Victorian Opera presents the long-awaited revival of Richard Meale’s Voss, final staged in 1990; the high-octane rock musical The Who’s Tommy; and the world premiere of 4 new operas by native composers.

to present circumstances, Victorian Opera will increase its presence at bigger
venues such because the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, launch subscription packages
and single ticket gross sales quarterly, and stream a number of productions reside and
on-demand all through its season.

Opera’s Season 2021 marks a 12 months of rebirth and rediscovery. After the darkish
days of 2020, our firm is a bit like an rising butterfly; able to fly
on the finish of a sombre time tunnel, but, in some senses, cautious of the unexpected
challenges,” notes Creative Director Richard Mills AM.

disaster may also current alternatives, and whereas the corporate’s focus has at all times
been on Australian creativity and performers, there’s a particular urgency in
these instances to treasure the expertise on our doorstep. We will allow its full
potential to flower and to have interaction our loyal and supportive viewers,” he added.

The Sleeping Magnificence – Palais Theatre, St Kilda | 20, 23, 25, 26 February

A magical fusion of larger-than-life puppetry and opera opens Victorian Opera’s Season 2021 in a charmingly playful retelling of The Sleeping Magnificence by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Written in 1921 following the devastation of World Struggle I and the Spanish flu, The Sleeping Magnificence as soon as once more speaks to a world on its knees and provides a well-known story of hope and resilience. Conductor Phoebe Briggs and director Nancy Black revive their 2017 manufacturing, assembling a solid of singers and puppeteers on stage with Orchestra Victoria within the pit.

Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra – Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse | 17, 19, 20 March

Historic myths converse to trendy instances in a double invoice commissioned as a response to the continuing COVID-19 disaster. Composer Kevin March and librettist Jane Montgomery Griffiths discover Echo and Narcissus; the parable of the talkative nymph doomed to repeat solely the phrases she hears and the younger man who, unable to tear himself away from his personal reflection, turns right into a narcissus flower on the riverbank. Composer Simon Bruckard and librettist Constantine Costi reimagine Cassandra; the younger girl gifted with prophecy but doomed by no means to be believed. Award-wining director Sam Robust makes his Victorian Opera debut and Simon Bruckard conducts.

new fee for 2021 is a part of the corporate’s response to the coronavirus
disaster. The manufacturing is being created with social distancing in thoughts and can
be concurrently livestreamed for audiences to look at on-line,” highlights
Richard Mills.

The Pearl Fishers – Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl | 23 April

Pack a
picnic and dive into an evening of soul-stirring music with Georges Bizet’s The
Pearl Fishers
– Victorian Opera’s first outing on the Sidney Myer Music
Bowl. Richard Mills conducts Orchestra Victoria with Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
directing a semi-staged live performance, starring Kathryn Radcliffe as Leïla, Carlos
Bárcenas as Nadir, Stephen Marsh as Zurga and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Nourabad.

Parrwang Lifts the Sky – Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse | 12 June

Opera premieres Parrwang Lifts the Sky, a brand new opera by acclaimed Yorta
Yorta soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO. It tells the creation story of
the dawn, from the oral historical past of the Wadawurrung folks, whose nation
extends from Ballarat to the Bellarine Peninsula. The opera shall be sung in
English and Wadawurrung language.

“This shall be a primary for Victorian Opera, a First Nations
Opera, with a creation story from our area, with sections carried out in Wadawurrung language. The story of Parrwang, the magpie  who lifts the sky
to permit mild to disclose the fantastic thing about nation, is an ideal operatic topic –
grounded as it’s in poetry and music. The entire firm is worked up and searching
ahead to this historical past making collaboration with a fantastic First Nations
artist,” Mills highlights.

Lorelei – Palais Theatre, St Kilda | 29, 30 June, 1, 2 July

Opera’s Inexperienced Room Award-winning hit Lorelei, an operatic cabaret for a
woke world, offered out its world premiere season in 2018 and enjoys a
much-demanded second season. Divas Ali McGregor, Antoinette Halloran and Dimity
Shepherd return because the high- trend sirens questioning whether or not their songs are
as deathly as they’ve at all times believed. Phoebe Briggs returns to conduct this
manufacturing directed by Sarah Giles.

provides: “Lorelei is again by in style demand after a sold-out season in
2018. As considered one of Victorian Opera’s most profitable latest new works, it
epitomises Victorian Opera’s repute as a contemporary opera firm.”

Voss – Palais Theatre, St Kilda | 4 August

Meale’s lauded 1986 opera Voss, primarily based on Patrick White’s famed novel
with a libretto by David Malouf, receives its long-awaited revival. Thought of
the ‘nice Australian opera’, it traces the journey of obsessive explorer Voss
within the perilous Australian outback and his lover Laura, whom he leaves behind
in colonial Sydney.

Mills conducts the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music (ANAM) in a semi-staged
live performance directed by Stuart Maunder AM – a co-production with State Opera of
South Australia. Samuel Dundas and Emma Pearson seem as Voss and Laura within the
one-night-only efficiency.

is Richard Meale’s first opera and a fantastic landmark of music in Australia.
It takes Patrick White’s novel to areas of expression that solely opera can
embody; its genius is uniquely Australian, and it speaks to us and for us
about our heritage and panorama,” notes Mills.

The Who’s Tommy – Palais Theatre, St Kilda | 13 – 21 August

Who’s Tommy
its Australian premiere, a 12 months later than deliberate, in an electrical manufacturing
directed by Roger Hodgman, starring Mat Verevis, Amy Lehpamer, Paul Capsis and
Kanen Breen. The five-time Tony Award-winning rock musical, that includes hit songs
‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’ and ‘Acid Queen’, is about to supercharge Melbourne.

The Butterfly Lovers – Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse | 13, 15 and 16 November

collaboration with main Singaporean theatre firm Wild Rice, Victorian
Opera premieres The Butterfly Lovers; a retelling of the Chinese language legend
of doomed lovers who discover freedom as butterfly spirits. Richard Mills composes
music to a libretto by Singaporean playwright and poet Joel Tan. Wild Rice’s
Creative Director Ivan Heng directs the manufacturing, which will even be staged
in Singapore. “The Butterfly Lovers is a narrative concerning the energy of affection
to transcend struggling and obstacles. Based mostly on a well-known Chinese language story, this
opera transcends all boundaries within the basic humanity of its characters
and story. It is a gigantic privilege to create this opera with Joel Tan as
nicely as Ivan Heng and the outstanding staff at Wild Rice,” Mills highlights.

The Buddies of Salamanca – Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse | 19 and 20 November

Season 2021 is rounded out with two works celebrating the following
technology of expertise. Franz Schubert’s The Buddies of Salamanca receives
its Australian premiere as Victorian Opera’s annual Youth Opera. Fabian Russell
conducts a manufacturing directed by Elizabeth Hill- Cooper.

The Merry Wives of Windsor – Melbourne Recital Centre, EMH | 3 and 4 December

In affiliation with the Lisa Gasteen Nationwide Opera Program,
Victorian Opera presents Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor,
primarily based on Shakespeare’s Falstaff. Johannes Fritzsch conducts Ensemble Q
in a semi-staged live performance directed and tailored by Heather Fairbairn.

As Victorian Opera’s first quarterly launch, subscriptions to The
Sleeping Magnificence
and Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra can be found now
with a variety of advantages and a 20% low cost when bought collectively. Single
tickets go on sale on 10 December. Digital entry for Echo and Narcissus /
, Parrwang Lifts the Sky and
Voss could be bought as a subscription or individually, with
each reside and on-demand streaming choices out there.

For full particulars, together with quarterly subscription and single
ticket on-sale dates, go to:

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