Opera is back: our longest interval is finally over
To celebrate our return to the stage, we’ve created a short musical film featuring some of our treasured artists and staff members. The film takes you on a journey from our rehearsal studios and workshop at The Opera Centre to the stage of the Sydney Opera House. Natalie Aroyan, Diego Torre and Anna-Louise Cole all appear alongside the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus, bringing to life some of opera’s most magical music. This film was made after almost ten months away from the stage — the longest interval in our 64-year history — as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It celebrates the extraordinary talents, passion and resilience of our artists and sees them return to the building we call our Sydney home: the Sydney Opera House. MUSIC Pietro Mascagni, 'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria Rusticana Giacomo Puccini, 'Vissi d'arte' from Tosca Richard Wagner, 'Dich, teure Halle' from Tannhäuser Giacomo Puccini, 'Nessun Dorma' from Turandot Directed by Joshua Dang.
Natalie Aroyan sings an aria from Ernani
Natalie Aroyan recently gave an intimate concert for some of our supporters, treating them to sneak peek of her upcoming performance in Ernani. Hear her sing the gorgeous 'Ernani, Ernani, involami' in this exclusive video. See our lavish production and hear this glorious score in full at the Sydney Opera House in Feburary: https://bit.ly/3p32A96
Trailer | Ernani
Duty! Youth! Honour! Beauty! Ernani is an outlaw, ready to fight for his honour and die for his ideals. But our hero is caught in a love quadrangle. Can he win the hand of the beautiful Elvira, who is already promised to her elderly uncle de Silva and coveted by the King of Spain? Ernani is at Arts Centre Melbourne in May 2021. Find out more: https://opera.org.au/productions/ernani-melbourne
An Aria A Day - Natalie Aroyan performs 'Ritorna vincitor' from 'Aida'
Filmed in the backyards, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms of artists across the globe, our new daily digital program #AnAriaADay offers you a front row seat from your home to some of the greatest arias of all time. A new performance is released every evening at 6pm until we can return to the stage. Natalie Aroyan, who is set to sing the role of Aida in #OperaQueensland's 2021 production, sings Verdi's stirring aria 'Ritorna vincitor'. Natalie is joined by Dr Alex Sahagian, who has been working on the frontline of the Covid-19 response. He spent his day off to accompany Natalie in his home. NATALIE AROYAN 'Ritorna vincitor' from 'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi Piano Dr Alex Sahagian Since the start of Covid-19 restrictions, we have been busy behind the scenes working with opera artists and musicians around the world to bring you a daily dose of opera in your home. An Aria a Day celebrates the diversity and power of opera and demonstrates the strength and resilience of Australia’s artistic community. All the artists performing in An Aria A Day are remunerated for their work, providing connection to their art form and income during these difficult times. Your donation to Opera Queensland helps us support emerging artists and return to the stage as soon as possible. #AnAriaADay #ThisIsOpera
Trailer | Attila at the Sydney Opera House
No one can stand before Attila and his hordes, until a warrior woman turns his head. As he opens his heart to his prisoner Odabella, the barbarian king reveals his weakness. So the scene is set for one of the great revenge operas of the 19th century: an early Verdi in the vein of Aida. Find out more: https://opera.org.au/attila
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg | 13 – 22 Nov
There are rules in art, and in love, but Walther is breaking all of them in search of the greatest prize of all. 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. Wagner’s score demands a huge cast of exciting voices. Stefan Vinke performs as the upstart Walther, alongside Natalie Aroyan as Eva and Warwick Fyfe in the wonderful role of Sixtus Beckmesser. After his triumphs with the Ring Cycle, Pietari Inkinen returns to Australia to conduct the magnificent score. Hear the Wagnerian forces of Orchestra Victoria and special guests in these performances, exclusive to Melbourne. Kasper Holten’s extravagant staging for the Royal Opera House celebrates change: how the deepest of traditions can give way to something powerful and new. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a glowing testament to the wonder of human artistry. https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2018/seasons/oa/die-meistersinger-von-nurnberg
Natalie Aroyan - Simon Boccanegra ACT 1 Scene
Armenian-Australian Soprano, Natalie Aroyan, performing Amelia during rehearsals of Simon Boccanegra at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy with Valter Borin as Gabriele. Conducted by: Jordi Bernàcer Directed by: Arnaud Bernard Fondazione Teatro Petruzzelli in co-production with Fondation pour l'Art Musical, Lyrique et Chorégraphique-Opéra de Lausanne Slovene National Theater Maribor Making her European debut in January 2019.
The spectacular Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida
A huge cast and orchestra perform Verdi’s famous music in a new production featuring fireworks of the vocal and exploding kind, colourful costumes, local surf lifesavers and camels parading past you on the sand. Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida is playing on Coolangatta Beach 21-30 September. For tickets and more info, visit: www.opera.org.au/beach
Experience a magical night out at Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida
A huge cast and orchestra perform Verdi’s famous music in a new production featuring fireworks of the vocal and exploding kind, colourful costumes, local surf lifesavers and camels parading past you on the sand. The site opens at 5pm, so arrive as the sun is setting and take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls. Meet your friends and family for an alfresco dinner, then settle in for a night of singing and spectacle at the water’s edge. Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida is playing at Coolangatta beach until September 30. Discover more: https://opera.org.au/beach
Listening Guide | Verdi's Simon Boccanegra
Opera Australia's Associate Music Director, Tony Legge, gives an incredible insight into the music of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra providing key points to listen for throughout the opera Personal sacrifice meets political thriller in this vast opera by a master of the genre. No composer rivals Verdi in his ability to draw the audience into complex political landscapes by telling intimate, personal stories. Grave duets, complex ensembles and majestic choruses reveal a world of intrigue and influence, where the past is never behind you and every friendly face could disguise an enemy. For more information or took book tickets, visit: https://opera.org.au/simon-boccanegra
AN ARMENIAN JOURNEY
From Tragedy to Triumph - 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Event Through the eyes of a frightened orphan girl who miraculously survives the Armenian genocide, we follow her journey of suffering and hardships to her rebirth, survival and triumph. Come and follow her on “An Armenian Journey” through spectacular and brilliant dances and musical performances in what will prove to be the Cultural event of the Season in this first ever collaboration of Armenian Artistry in its finest. Starring the Internationally acclaimed Armenian-Australian Soprano and performing artist for Opera Australia, Natalie Aroyan. In her debut Concert performance at The Concourse Concert Hall, she brings to the stage a showcase of Opera and Classical favourites by Verdi, Puccini, Komidas, Boito and more. SATURDAY, 18TH OCTOBER THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD