Lerner & Loewe
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 August—5 November
Regent Theatre, 11 May—30 July
Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Julie Andrews.
IFAC Handa presents
Forecourt, Sydney Opera House, 28 October—5 November
The Premier had a vision for an opera house. The architect had a dream of a building unlike any other. The young soprano had a great talent and a big choice ahead of her. This is a story of a building — but few buildings in the world catch so many personalities, so many agendas and so many dreams in its sails.
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.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 26 December—26 March
Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
Step into the the Sydney Opera House's magnificent Concert Hall to watch the Opera Gala concert of popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks at interval.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 31 December
Leave the crowds behind as you enter the Sydney Opera House, then settle back for an evening with Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello and Musetta in Puccini's La bohème.
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. Gale Edwards' glittering production, set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, offers a perfect showcase for Mariangela Sicilia in the role of Mimì.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 4 January—24 March
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. 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.
Mascagni / Leoncavallo
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 12 January—4 February
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.
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 20 January—15 February
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 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, 24 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.
Sydney Opera House Playhouse, 27 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 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.
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.
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
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'.