Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 21 November—9 December
The Ring Cycle opens with this magnificent prelude. In the space of a single, majestic, two-and-a-half hour musical span, Wagner immerses you in a mysterious, primordial world of scheming gods, misshapen dwarfs, alluring maidens and fearsome monsters.
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, 22—27 November
Designed to introduce young audiences to the wonder, passion and drama of opera, this 50-minute family opera explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself by reimagining the much-loved story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and setting it to the glorious melodies of Bizet's Carmen.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 23 November—12 December
The second opera in the Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’. After Das Rheingold’s rarefied realm of gods, monsters and nature spirits, in Die Walküre Wagner plunges headlong into the highly emotional world of humanity.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 25 November—14 December
The Ring Cycle’s third part is intensely focused on the fortunes of a single figure. Siegfried charts the rise of the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde into the greatest hero of the age.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 28 November—16 December
The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 4—26 May
The ultimate femme fatale is here to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.
Mascagni / Leoncavallo
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 10—20 May
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.
Lerner & Loewe
Regent Theatre, 11 May—30 July
Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Regent Theatre, under the direction of Julie Andrews. Marking the show's 60th anniversary year, Opera Australia and John Frost join forces to honour the past and bring the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 19—27 May
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.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 15—25 November
Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese plays the beguiling widow, inadvertant heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance.