Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12 November—13 December
At last they are alone. The man hunt, the interrogation, the prayers, all forgotten as he leers at his conquest. Just sign the note of safe passage and she’s his! Where’s that pen? His upper lip sweats as he readies himself for Tosca’s kiss. He doesn’t see the knife glinting behind her back.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 19 November—12 December
Four characters, four spectacular voices, and a fast-moving plot: this new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is as fresh and zingy as a lemon gelato. Enjoy!
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 1—11 December
Here comes Sir John, wide of girth, broad of humour and bold in his desires. Here come two merry wives with keen wits and cunning plans. Don’t forget: he who laughs last, laughs longest.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 4—30 May
Rejected by her past, forgotten by the man she loves, Butterfly clings to the promise of honour, just beyond the horizon.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 11—30 May
The serial seducer is on the loose again, in a new production from one of the most provocative minds in opera today, David McVicar. Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 20—29 May
While marriage brings peace between France and Spain, it sparks war between father and son. And as secrets are revealed, passion and politics run riot on a grand scale in the 17th-century royal court of Spain.
Princess Theatre, 30 May—19 July
All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes!
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, 9—13 October
John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress — a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope taking root.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12—28 November
The Countess loves the Count, but the Count is keen on Susanna, who's engaged to Figaro, who finds himself in a whirl of longing, comeuppance, and total, utter madness.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 21—28 November
Italian opera meets the Australian outback when Donizetti's tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl returns in this cheeky production directed by Simon Phillips.