Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 3 February—1 April
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?
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 17 February—31 March
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.
Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, 28 March—23 April
This is Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: the cultural event of the year. At sunset, gather with friends over a glass of something sparkling and a sumptuous Spanish meal before settling back to enjoy our vivacious, vivid production of Bizet’s Carmen.
Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and more
Sydney Opera House Playhouse, 29 April—22 October
All of your favourite operetta waltzes, polkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kálmán come together in this raucous comedy. Two Weddings, One Bride is a brand new operetta created by Robert Andrew Greene. Gather for a fun night out at the Sydney Opera House and let the sumptuous costumes, pretty sets and joyful melodies take you all the way to French Morocco.
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
Capitol Theatre, 24 August—9 September
Regent Theatre, 12 May—29 July
Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Capitol Theatre, under the direction of Julie Andrews.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.
Joan Sutherland Studio, The Opera Centre, Sydney, 3 June—29 July
Join us in the Joan Sutherland Studio at The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, for fascinating programs of songs chosen and performed by some of our favourite singers, accompanied by Siro Battaglin.
Saturday 3 June, 2:30pm — Natalie Aroyan & José
Carbó sing Armenian and Argentinian songs and duets.
Saturday 17 June, 2:30pm — Stacey Alleaume sings a solo program, and John Longmuir & Agnes Sarkis sing The Diary of the Man Who Disappeared by Janáček.
Saturday 29 July, 2:30pm — Jonathan Abernethy & Anna Dowsley sing Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf.
VIVID Live at Sydney Opera House & Opera Australia presents
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 5 June
John Adams, Bryce Dessner, Jonny Greenwood: these are living composers with something to say, especially when given an orchestra and a few superhuman voices to say it with. This is an extraordinary era for music.
Opera Australia performs in Vivid LIVE for the first time this year with a remarkable program of contemporary works. It culminates in the Sydney premiere of The Nixon Tapes — scenes from John Adams’ operatic debut Nixon in China, refashioned for the concert hall by the composer himself.
Pinchgut Opera presents
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, 15—20 June
Vinci Erighetta e Don Chilone
Presented by Pinchgut Opera, these three perfect operatic miniatures are sparkling, diverting, lyrical pieces centered on short stories that revolve around the themes of love, wine and pleasure.
Sydney Town Hall, 22—24 July
For all the fame and beauty of the music of Thaïs, the best reason to perform this French opera is to show off Nicole Car: a star soprano with a voice that could turn a monk's attention from chaste disregard to irrepressible desire. For the best availability, book seats for the new performance on Monday 24 July.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 9—14 August
Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House to perform one of opera's most challenging roles in a rare concert performance of Wagner's final opera. In a story drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights, the fate of the knights rest on the shoulders of a pure fool, Parsifal.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 10—11 August
Sorrow, desire, anger, fear — Verdi's Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera. Performed by the Opera Australia Chorus with an international cast of Verdi specialists, this is a true choral masterpiece.
Coolangatta Beach, 21—30 September
A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, 27—29 September
Melbourne Recital Centre, 2 October
Glamourous divas and showy tenors are used to the spotlight, but it's a rare performer who can take a sonorous bass and make it world famous. Ferrucio Furlanetto is that performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice. He returns to Sydney after his acclaimed performances as King Philip II in Don Carlos to give two recitals with pianist Igor Tchetuev in the intimate surrounds of City Recital Hall.
Wednesday 27 September, 7pm — Schubert's Winterreise
Friday 29 September, 7pm — Russian Songs by Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky
Capitol Theatre, 24 October—4 November
A young Japanese geisha falls head-over-heels in love with her new American husband. She believes their love is real, even after three years without so much as a word from him. Everyone around her knows the trth. They try to convince her to move on but she won't. She can't. Rejected by her past, and forgotten by the man she loves, she waits.
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.
Pinchgut Opera presents
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, 30 November—6 December
Distinguished for its superbly crafted characterisation, Coronation of Poppea is the first opera to have been based on historical figures, and is set to sensuous, exquisitely beautiful music, culminating in the famous duet 'Pur ti miro'.