RMP present its ever popular “Carols in the Cathedral” concerts of traditional Christmas carols and readings in the stunning setting of Melbourne’s St Paul’s Cathedral. These concerts always sell out so book early!
Otello - Gioachino Rossini | Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Opera proudly presents the Australian premiere of Rossini’s dramatic masterpiece Otello, written a few months after The Barber of Seville in 1816.
This new production, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, will be directed by the legendary film and opera director Bruce Beresford, conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence and sung in a new English translation by Geoffrey Harris.
Rossini’s Otello features no less than 6 demanding tenor roles. Melbourne Opera has gathered an all star cast Australian cast led by Stephen Smith in the demanding title role, with popular international soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returning to debut as Desdemona. Other cast members include Henry Choo, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Michael Dimovski.
Rossini’s Otello is immensely influential in the history of opera as, particularly in the 3rd act (the murder of Desdemona), Rossini breaks new ground in operatic drama and sets the stage for Bellini, Donizetti and early Verdi. The score is packed with exciting ensembles arias and duets featuring duelling tenors. This is an important premiere and builds on Melbourne Opera’s outstanding reputation in bel canto opera.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
October 17, 20 (mat), 24, 27
Tickets and information click here: MelbourneOpera.com
Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini | Wellington, New Zealand
After their critically acclaimed debut production of “Don Giovanni” in 2016 and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2017, Eternity Opera is returning with Puccini’s 1903 masterpiece “Madam Butterfly”.
Performed in English by a lineup of top New Zealand singers, this will be directed by Alex Galvin and conducted by Matthew Ross, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra.
Wellington, New Zeland
For tickets and information click here: Eternity Opera
Carols in the Cathedral 2018 | Melbourne, Australia
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
Boyd Owen soloist
Adam Cook piano
Roland Rocchiccioli reader
Julie Houghton reader
The Australian Children’s Choir
Melbourne University Choral Society
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
RMP Brass and Percussion
Andrew Wailes conductor
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Friday 14 December at 8.30pm
Saturday 15 December 3pm and 8pm
For tickets and information click here: RMPS