Attend the Opening Nights of La Bohème, The Pearlfishers, and Luisa Miller.
A poet, a painter, a musician and a philosopher are having a night on the town. It's Christmas Eve and the poet has just felt the first pangs of great love. When a seamstress knocks on his door searching for candlelight, the pair fall in love faster than she can sing, "Yes, they call me Mimì..."
120 years after Puccini wrote his smash-hit La Bohème, this story of first love still tops the list of favourite operas around the world.
Perhaps the tale of four friends living for their art reminds us of a person we weren't brave enough to become. Perhaps Puccini's talent for capturing emotion in music takes us back to the first time we felt love stir in our hearts.
Perhaps it's just that La Bohème is a story we understand. It's about friendship and falling in love. It's about sacrifice and never giving up, even if it means parting with your lover — or your favourite coat.
Gale Edwards' glittering production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, returns to Melbourne with international stars Lianna Haroutounian and Gianluca Terranova, conducted by Andrea Molino.
By the time the curtain falls, you'll know the answer to an eternal question: is love enough?
The Pearlfishers paints a picture of paradise, of golden sands and colourful silks. That soul-stirring, chart-topping Pearlfishers duet is just one highlight of a beautiful score.
In the hands of master storyteller Michael Gow, Bizet’s romantic opera is a compelling tale. Two men swear loyalty to each other but as the opera unfolds, temptation duels with duty, true hearts turn black with jealousy and rash choices bring regrets.
The Australian playwright and director is drawn to the history behind the lavish cultural stereotypes. The lustre of a pearl can't tell the story of its gruesome industry, a trade where cruel men count pearls above a fisher's life or livelihood. But Gow can.
Robert Kemp's sets and costumes honour Ceylon's colonial past, marrying vivid colours and exotic beauty with signs of decay: a crumbling temple and a once-great manor against a tropical sky.
Conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire, and featuring Emma Matthews, Dmitry Korchak and José Carbó, this new Pearlfishers offers audiences a chance to hear Bizet’s passionate music in a new light.
For every pearl, a price.
For every vow, a broken promise.
For every heart, a choice.
Who is Luisa Miller? A woman in love, a woman in anguish — trapped by a man she does not love and a father who loves her too much. And to play her, a woman finding international stardom: Australian soprano Nicole Car, making another role debut after her successes in Europe.
This early piece by Verdi gives us a heroine every bit as fragile as Gilda or Violetta, a lover as jealous and nuanced as Alfredo, and a worried father who ultimately destroys his only love. The music is sumptuous and intimate, the story at once domestic and political, and the characters compelling in their humanity.
We are sharing this glamorous new production from Opéra de Lausanne. Director Giancarlo del Monaco and designer William Orlandi have created a stylish, glossy world for the three acts of this opera, aptly titled Love, Intrigue and Poison.