Rodgers & Hammerstein
Crown Theatre, Crown Perth, 10 November—6 December
Festival Theatre, Adelaide, 29 December—12 January
The smash hit production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is coming to Perth in 2013.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 20 November—9 December
Die Walküre plunges us headlong into the world of an emotional humanity, powered by some of Wagner’s most remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 25 November—13 December
It is in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction that the Ring cycle reaches its devastating finale.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
The last night of 2013 is the first night of La bohème. If ever there was a night to dress up, this is it.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
Ringside seats to the greatest show on earth are hard to come by, but we’ve saved some great ones, and you’re invited.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 4—21 January
Gale Edwards’ lavish production inhabits 1930s Berlin, a hub for young impoverished creatives contending with the high cost of round-the-clock hedonism in a city seething with glitzy excess.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 5 January—23 March
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 10 January—26 March
Welcome to Mozart’s imagination run wild, in a playground on the path to enlightenment, brought to life with spellbinding costumes and effects... An adventure for the whole family, with special ticket prices for children and youth under 16.
Sydney Lyric , 16—21 January
Renowned for her boundless visual imagination, Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz has come together with celebrated baroque orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: a majestic reimagining of one of the world’s great romantic tragedies, Dido & Aeneas.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 22 January—12 February
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 1—13 May
Take two pairs of lovers, mix them up and introduce a clash of cultures for added colour. Rossini's The Turk in
Italy is “just about as much fun as you can have in an opera house”.
The Domain - Sydney, 1 February
Every year we head to the park in our thousands to hear our brightest stars, under the stars and anyone who claims opera is an elitist art form should look at the size of the crowd at this cultural, communal celebration.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3 February—29 March
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 14—25 May
The ultimate femme fatale is back to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 February—28 March
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 16 April—9 May
Tchaikovsky's romance - a journey from what could be, to what might have been - in a new co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 21 March—12 April
What is opera to you? The rush of adrenalin as a soprano or tenor’s voice soars, the hum of the chorus, the larger-than-life costumes and scenery, the moving stories, or just the whole sense of occasion? Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is all this, and more.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 June—24 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12 April—10 May
Verdi’s dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in this glamorous new production. Tell your jokes, lock up your daughter and trust nobody.
Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta, 9—11 May
Sometimes it feels like a crime to go indoors when the skies are clear, even for a night at the opera. That’s why we’re taking the opera out of the theatre and onto the beach.
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 7 September—1 November
Princess Theatre, 13 June—17 August
Whilst the sumptuous costumes and gilded sets have travelled the world, it all started in Australia, with a dream to create a version which was not just a remake of the iconic 1956 film, but a real consideration of this clash of cultures and meeting of minds.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 5 July—2 August
Otello is the hero and Desdemona is the lover, but Iago is the puppetmaster in this vivid re-telling of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Three outstanding singers go head-to-head for this bold production, created by Harry Kupfer.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 25 July—30 August
Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 10 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 14 August
Jonas Kaufmann: the most thrilling voice on the planet. Join us for his longed-for Australian debut, accompanied by full orchestra and treating us to arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and more. A once in a lifetime experience.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 11—31 August
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. Donizetti’s music shines as brightly as ever under the Antipodean skies.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12 November—13 December
“Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore,” Tosca bemoans her fate with devastating beauty and poise. “I lived for art; I lived for love.” Vissi d’arte could equally be the catchphrase of Tosca's director, John Bell...
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.