Opera Australia is set to return to its Sydney home, the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, after extensive renovations has kept the company out of the theatre for most of 2017.
Several of the company’s most popular productions will return during 2018, alongside Barrie Kosky’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, which premiered at Covent Garden last year, and a new multimedia production of Aida.
The season will see international stars such as Rinat Shaham and Leo Nucci perform the roles for which they’re most famous, while local singer Nicole Car makes her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata.
In addition to the regular line-up of classics, Opera Australia has announced a new series of contemporary Australian operas, starting with the 1983 opera Metamorphosis, by Brian Howard.
Opera Australia will announce its 2018 Melbourne season tomorrow.
Opera Australia 2018 sydney season
THE MERRY WIDOW – December 31 (2017) to February 3.
A new production directed and choreographed by Graeme Murphy, starring Danielle de Niese.
CARMEN – February 10 to March 10.
The return of John Bell’s production, featuring Rinat Shaham in the title role, and Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente as Don Jose.
THE NOSE – February 21 to March 3.
Barrie Kosky’s production, in association with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Komische Oper. The opera stars Martin Winkler, John Tomlinson and Alexander Lewis. And a tap-dancing chorus line of noses.
LA TRAVIATA – March 1 to 27
Nicole Car makes her role debut as Violetta in a revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s popular classic production.
DON QUICHOTTE – March 16 to 28
Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto plays Don Quichotte in a San Diego Opera production of Massenet’s opera.
LA BOHEME (HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR) – March 23 to April 22
Andy Morton, who was the revival director of this year’s production of Carmen, returns to the Harbour for a new take on La Boheme. Iulia Maria Dan and Maija Kovalevska alternate the role of Mimi, with Ho-Yoon Chung and Paul O’Neill as Rodolfo.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR – June 28 to July 27
Australian soprano Jessica Pratt returns to the role of Lucia, who she has previously played at La Scala. This revival of John Doyle’s moody production also features American tenor Michael Fabiano as Edgardo.
RIGOLETTO – July 6 to August 24
Veteran Italian baritone Leo Nucci reprises one of his most celebrated performances as Rigoletto in this revival of Roger Hodgman’s production.
AIDA – July 18 to August 31
Italian director Davide Livermore will create a new production of Aida, utilising high-tech projections. American soprano Amber Wagner sings the title role.
THE TURK IN ITALY – August 10 to September 1
Simon Phillips’ eye-popping production of Rossini’s comedy will be revived, with Stacey Alleaume as Fiorilla.
EVITA – September 18 to November 3
Tina Arena stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s celebrated musical. The production is a revival of the original 1978 West End production, directed by Hal Prince.
METAMORPHOSIS – September 26 to 29
Tama Matheson will direct a new production of Steven Berkoff and Brian Howard’s operatic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The intimate production of this contemporary Australian chamber opera will be performed in Opera Australia’s scenery workshop.