Jimmy Chi & Kuckles
Comedy Theatre, 12 June—12 July
Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. A feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made this first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990.
Relaxed performance: Saturday 20 June 2020, 2pm
A relaxed performance is designed to ensure guests with disability and their families, or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, can more fully enjoy the performance experience together.
Opera Australia and Opera Queensland present
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 17 November—4 December
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 25 June—10 August
Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic epic a popular favourite. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 30 June—16 July
Elizabeth has been the Virgin Queen too long. She relishes the attention of a younger courtier: the ambitious Roberto Devereux. But Devereux stands accused of treason. Elizabeth has to choose between her country and her heart.
This tale of love, lust and betrayal in the Tudor royal court strays a long way from history, but makes a sensational plot. Add Donizetti’s luxurious music, a brilliant cast and an extraordinary new production, and it becomes a must-see.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 10 July—26 October
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 14 July—7 August
A young couple begin a dangerous, passionate affair. In their world, a Jew cannot love a Christian.
The punishment is death. When it all comes out, Rachel faces two impossible choices. Deny her love, and save her lover. Deny her God, and save herself.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 25 July—8 August
Tatyana is a dreamer, lost in romantic stories. When the dashing Eugene Onegin walks into her world, she feels her own love story beginning. But Onegin rejects her passion.
Eugene Onegin is the journey from what could be to what might have been. Between lies tragedy.
Norman & Simon
Sydney Lyric , 2 August—17 October
For the first time in twenty-five years, The Secret Garden musical returns to Australia. Based on the much-loved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this heart-warming story comes to life on-stage with the same magical qualities, in this sophisticated take on the literary classic.
Australia’s leading man, Anthony Warlow, will once again create theatrical magic in the role of Archibald Craven.
John Berry and Anthony Lilley for Scenario Two Ltd & Karl Sydow present
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 14—22 August
Margaret and her daughter Clara are taking in the wonders of Florence during a languid 1950s summer. A windborne hat sparks an intense romance between Clara and local dreamer Fabrizio. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must confront a secret kept in the shadows for far too long.
Four-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming stars in this enchanting Broadway musical which won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.
Stein, Bock, Harnick & Friedman
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3 September—31 October
Comedy Theatre, 15 November—27 January
Experience Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler afn Dakh) in a new way — performed in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family!
Following sold-out seasons in New York, Australian audiences now have the chance to experience a unique, authentic language version of this much-loved musical theatre classic.
Canberra Theatre, 3—5 September
Carmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget. In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera, and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.
Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes.
Ford & Smith
Opera Australia Scenery Workshop, The Opera Centre, Dawson St, Surry Hills, 16—19 September
The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre , 30 September—3 October
Rembrandt was famous for his portraits: rosy cheeks, smiling women, luscious naked curves. He lived with his wife, Saskia, in love and luxury. But as an old man, Rembrandt did not paint laughing women. He died alone, destitute.
Discover this extraordinary story in the first revival of this 2009 chamber opera by Andrew Ford and Sue Smith.
Andrew McKinnon in association with Opera Australia presents
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, 16 October
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 3 October
Joseph Calleja is one of the most exciting lyric tenors in the world today. In this, his eagerly anticipated debut Australian tour, the Maltese-born singer described as the young Pavarotti will be joined by two of Australia’s best-loved artists, soprano Amelia Farrugia, who is also of Maltese heritage, and internationally acclaimed pianist Piers Lane, for an unforgettable performance.
Sydney Town Hall, 8—10 October
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 13 October
It’s got poison and betrayals galore. But the best reason to see Lucrezia Borgia in concert is to bask in the skills of an extraordinary soprano. Impossible trills and stratospheric notes make this classic Donizetti an important conquest for the best coloratura sopranos.
This is your chance to hear Jessica Pratt perform the title role of Lucrezia Borgia (including the infamous final aria) in concert.
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 10—28 November
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. The Ring Cycle is sold as a four-opera cycle only.
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 12 November—1 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’. The Ring Cycle is sold as a four-opera cycle only.
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 14 November—3 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. The Ring Cycle is sold as a four-opera cycle only.
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, 16 November—5 December
The Ring Cycle reaches its devastating finale in Götterdämmerung’s tale of treachery and destruction. All seems lost after love is betrayed by naked ambition and villains outsmart heroes. The Ring Cycle is sold as a four-opera cycle only.