Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 2—30 January
If you go down to the woods today, you might find a pure-hearted prince and his feathered sidekick en route to rescue a damsel in distress, a queen atop her starry throne; mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. If in danger, just follow the sound of the flute.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—16 January
A painter, a musician, a philosopher and a poet are having a night on the town. Café Momus is too pricey for them — they've nothing to weigh down those moth-eaten pockets. But why worry? The landlord is sorted, the bar tab can wait. They're young and their lofty ideals will keep body and soul together.
School Holiday Fun
Sydney Opera House, 10—17 January
In this workshop, children will explore puppetry techniques that Taymor used to create this visually stunning production of The Magic Flute. They will be assisted by Opera Australia’s expert puppeteers.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 13 January—17 March
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, 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.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 14 July—15 August
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 16th-century royal court of Spain.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3—22 July
For a modern audience, La Traviata offers everything we think of when we think of the opera: a consumptive heroine, velvet dresses and heaving bosoms, lavish party scenes and touching intimate moments. The music is rousing, the stage crowded, the story at once romantic and tragic — a perfect escape from our own lives.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 6—29 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 12—28 November
Upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, dressups and dressing downs, all in a day's work. 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.
Miller-Heidke, Katz & Grandage
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.