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Ferruccio Furlanetto is Don Quichotte

2018 Season

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Opera Australia

Melbourne Recital Centre, 2 July

Embark on a fabulous journey with a cantankerous cat and an exuberant owl. By the Light of the Moon is a fanciful all-ages opera explores the untold tales of Edward Lear’s beloved rhyme, The Owl and the Pussycat.

Melbourne
Melbourne Recital Centre
monday, 2 july
11:30 AM
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Brian Howard

The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre , 25—27 October

Gregor is a broken man, exhausted by eternal work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning, he awakes, and is not a man at all. Kafka’s grotesque tragedy of a man turned insect is an engrossing story. Music adds an edgy intensity: Metamorphosis as opera is riveting, shattering, morbidly fascinating theatre. 

Brian Howard’s score is percussive, inventive and courageous. Twelve musicians and six singers ratchet up the horror and pathos of this work: a story of social alienation in a modern, inhuman world. Director Tama Matheson and designer Mark Thompson combine their creative talents for a chamber opera at The Coopers Malthouse. Simon Lobelson performs the demanding role of Gregor and Paul Fitzsimon conducts.

Melbourne
The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
thursday, 25 october
7:00 PM
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The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
friday, 26 october
7:00 PM
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The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
saturday, 27 october
2:00 PM
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Puccini

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 7—24 November

The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with something you've never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. The growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can't last forever. Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music — music that soars with the ecstasy 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. Gale Edwards’ glittering production is set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s bohemian Berlin.

Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 7 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 9 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
monday, 12 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 14 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 16 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
tuesday, 20 november
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 24 november
1:00 PM
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Wagner

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 13—22 November

Exclusive to Melbourne

Wagner’s beloved comedy takes a joyful look at the art of music itself: what is wrong, what is right, and who decides. The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He’s an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn’t know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest song ever made.

Enter Hans Sachs: mastersinger, cobbler, and the beating human heart of this opera. He offers the newcomer all his warmth and wisdom, knowing it will cost his own chance at love. Hans Sachs is a prized tour de force for a baritone with a rich voice and absorbing stage presence. James Johnson leads a huge, exciting cast including Stefan Vinke, Warwick Fyfe and Natalie Aroyan.

Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
tuesday, 13 november
4:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 17 november
12:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
monday, 19 november
4:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
thursday, 22 november
4:00 PM
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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 5—30 December

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Evita will open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince.

Evita charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation' by the Argentine people.

Evita features some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', 'On This Night of a Thousand Stars', 'Oh What a Circus', 'You Must Love Me', and 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall'.

Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 5 december
1:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 5 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
thursday, 6 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 7 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 8 december
2:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 8 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
sunday, 9 december
6:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
tuesday, 11 december
6:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 12 december
1:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 12 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
thursday, 13 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 14 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 15 december
2:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 15 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
sunday, 16 december
3:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
tuesday, 18 december
6:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 19 december
1:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 19 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
thursday, 20 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 21 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 22 december
2:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 22 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
sunday, 23 december
3:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
wednesday, 26 december
3:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
thursday, 27 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
friday, 28 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 29 december
2:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
saturday, 29 december
7:30 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
sunday, 30 december
1:00 PM
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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
sunday, 30 december
6:00 PM
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Concert Performance

Melbourne Recital Centre, 7 December

One of the world’s great mezzo-sopranos, Vivica Genaux, joins an ensemble of Australia’s finest early music musicians, led by the Helpmann Award winning Erin Helyard, for a jaw-dropping evening of Handel, Hasse, Vivaldi and other baroque contemporaries.

Melbourne
Melbourne Recital Centre
friday, 7 december
7:00 PM
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