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With the flickering of a candle, love sparks. Two hands meet in the dark and four friends' lives are changed forever.
The way that first love grabs hold of your insides and floods you with something you've never felt before. The fire that burns you the first time jealousy flares. The growing up you do in the instant you realise love can't last forever. Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music — music that soars with the ecstacy of love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.
Some human emotions are too big for words alone, and for that, we have music. La Bohème exposes your soul to the feelings that only music can express, and it opens our season most years because that's an experience everyone should have in their lifetime.
Gale Edwards' glittering production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, offers a perfect showcase for Mariangela Sicilia and Greta Bradman, sharing the role of Mimì.
Roll up for a double dose of desperation and drama in this classic double bill of tragedies with stories that cut all too close to home.
In a small Italian town, lusting after someone who is not yours is a dangerous game. And falling in love? Even more treacherous. Two short operas explore the full spectrum of emotion: passionate love, consuming lust, bitter suffering and boundless rage.
This Olivier Award-winning co-production with the Royal Opera House lays bare the raw heart of each opera — ordinary people, driven by emotion to the limits of what we know is human. The result is pure catharsis: everyday tragedy writ large on stage.
Diego Torre sings the famous 'Vesti la giubba' as he performs both challenging tenor roles in one evening, and the Opera Australia Chorus sings the famous Easter Hymn as Dragana Radakovic's voice soars above.
Murder on Easter Sunday. Victim: male. A mourning mother, a married mistress, a spurned lover and a cuckolded husband who makes one dangerous enemy.
Put on your costume and powder your face. The people have paid, and want to laugh! Laugh, clown, at your shattered love, at the sorrow that poisons your heart!
Watching his wife dance under the stranger's spell, King Roger struggles with his own passions: choosing between the sacred love he knows and the sensuous, glittering realm of hedonism the shepherd preaches.
Szymanowski's intoxicating, iridescent music is rarely heard on the opera stage, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a 20th-century Polish masterpiece.
This co-production with the Royal Opera House was first performed in Covent Garden and was "rapturously acclaimed" by critics who described Kasper Holten's arresting staging as a "major artistic triumph" (The Telegraph, UK).
Andrea Molino conducts a cast led by Saimir Pirgu, Lorina Gore and Michael Honeyman.
The shepherd's voice is lyrical, exotic, heady with the promise of eternal ecstasy. His message is dangerously seductive, and one by one, the people abandon themselves to the worship of desire, pure in its profanity.
Raise your glass, flutter your pretty lashes, it's Paris in the salons and you're the life of this party. He's staring at you, he's singing for you... Are you tempted?
Violetta wears velvet and lace and drinks the very best champagne from crystal glasses. Her parties are legendary, her company sought after. She's free and free-spirited, living outside society's bounds, and for the courtesan, it seems like the party will never end. Could a little love really change everything?
La Traviata is so popular because it puts a life we couldn't possibly dream of on stage, with its risqué glamour, joys and sorrows. Verdi's music paints a picture of freedom with flying melodies, makes merry with rousing drinking songs and brings it all to a close with passionate duets between breaking hearts.
This production by Elijah Moshinsky is one of our most successful, featuring lush party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside. Lavish, crowded sets and exquisite costumes combined with Verdi's famous, hummable tunes offer the perfect way to experience opera for the first time, or the chance to revisit a favourite with an exciting new cast.
The season opens with Ermonela Jaho as Violetta, who The Economist called "the world's most acclaimed soprano" after she won the reader's choice award at the International Opera Awards, and also features two Australian star sopranos, Lorina Gore and Emma Matthews.
Tosca is a war drama that draws you in from the first notes and holds you fast, as a gripping story of love, lust and betrayal that unfolds at breakneck pace.
John Bell's intense production relocates the opera to Nazi-occupied Rome, seeking to recapture the shock Puccini's original audience might have felt seeing a war they remembered, depicted on stage.
Bell doesn't want you to watch a tragedy of fiction.
"This is a true story: it has happened many, many times over throughout history, it happened during the world wars, it's happening now, somewhere in the world," he explains.
"A tyrannical regime, resistance fighters hunted down, women forced to give sexual favours in order to protect a loved one — these things are still happening, and always have been, during war."
It's a reality we all recognise, that we see on the news: the everyday banality of evil.
The sets are truly awe-inspiring, from the perfect recreation of a Roman basilica, to the cold impassive power of Scarpia's fascist headquarters.
In Tosca, some of the most powerful music in opera must be sung by three powerhouse performers, and here, glorious voices led by Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta, and conducted by Christian Badea, will make you fall under Tosca's spell.