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
Madam Butterfly follows the journey of the title character, from the young bride who renounces her religion to embrace all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honour that governs her tragic destiny. This production, set in 1950s Japan, features gorgeous period costumes and designs, visually supporting Puccini’s most lyrical music, including the ‘Humming Chorus,’ the ‘Flower Duet,’ and the stunning aria ‘One Fine Day’ (Un bel dì vedremo).
Performed in English by a stellar cast of top New Zealand and International singers, this production is directed by Alex Galvin and performed the Eternity Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Ross, and produced by Emma Beale and Minto Fung.
The cast features Hannah Catrin Jones in the title role, following on from her success as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro last year, Boyd Owen as Pinkerton in his New Zealand operatic debut and the much awarded London-based baritone Kieran Rayner as Sharpless. Laura Loach – winner of this year’s Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria competition – plays Suzuki, Declan Cudd a Freemasons New Zealand Opera Artist is Goro, and the well known and loved Roger Wilson is the Bonze.
Butterfly – Hannah Catrin Jones
B. F. Pinkerton – Boyd Owen
Sharpless – Kieran Rayner
Suzuki – Laura Loach
Goro – Declan Cudd
The Bonze – Roger Wilson / Jamie Henare (Nov 20 only)
Kate Pinkerton – Jess Segal
The Imperial Commissioner – Minto Fung
The Registrar – Chris Berentson
Yakuside – Garth Edward Norman
Mother – Ruth Armishaw
Aunt – Sally Haywood
Cousin – Tania Dreaver
Bridesmaids - Beatrix Poblacion Cariño & Milla Dickens
Friday 16 November, 7:30pm
Sunday 18 November, 2:00pm
Tuesday 20 November, 7:30pm
Thursday 22 November, 7:30pm
Saturday 24 November, 7:30pm
Hannah Playhouse 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