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Opera Australia delivering 19 performances across regional Australia
After a sell-out premiere and tour in 2016, Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro has commenced a tour of regional Australia, undertaking 19 performances across 15 regional centres in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Launched at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre on 8th July, performances are in English and are backed by a live chamber orchestra.
Aiming the captivate audiences outside of metropolitan areas, Opera Australia offers, younger residents the chance to become part of the cast.
Part of Opera Australia’s community engagement program, the tour provides hundreds of children the chance to be trained and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children’s Chorus program. Local children will learn to sing music from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in their town. They’ll then rehearse with the artists, and join them on stage in costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australia’s finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children’s Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia’s Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by local choir leaders.
Director Michael Gow and Set and Costume Designer Robert Kemp give Mozart’s comedic masterpiece a makeover and retell the hilarious account of one household’s adventures over a single day of madness. The award-winning ingenious duo created this production with stunning period costumes and a clever set, which will be transported by truck across Australia to each venue.
Kemp explains “when you add fantastic music by Mozart, some incredible singing, a small orchestra that’s producing the most amazing sound and have something that’s actually good to look at, I think it’s like a creative explosion.”
Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, is on a mission to introduce opera to new audiences, and he believes it’s vital to reinvent productions regularly to make them contemporary and engaging for different kinds of settings, adding “the Marriage of Figaro is a great opera to tour and with this incredible Australian creative team, this will be a show regional audiences won’t want to miss. Michael Gow and Robert Kemp are masters of storytelling, and they have created a version of The Marriage of Figaro that will be unforgettable.”
Program dates and locations:
Geelong Performing Arts Centre - Saturday 8th July
Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, Queensland - Wednesday 12th July
Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville - Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba - Tuesday 18th July
The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Gold Coast - Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July
Noosa Leisure Centre - Tuesday 25th July
Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns - Saturday 29th July
St Joseph’s Catholic College, Katherine, Northern Territory - Tuesday 1st August
Tennant Creek Civic Hall, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory - Thursday 3rd August
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs - Saturday 5th August
Darwin Entertainment Centre - Thursday 10th and Friday 11th August
Albany Entertainment Centre, Western Australia - Tuesday 15th August
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre - Thursday 17th August
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - Saturday 19th August
Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton - Tuesday 22nd August
Images: The Marriage of Figaro, courtesy of Opera Australia (top) and the locations where the performance will be held (below).
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