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2023/2024 SEASON ENGAGEMENTS
© Ali Wright
PAŽAISLIO MUZIKOS FESTIVALIS, LITHUANIA
ROXANA / AUG 27 2023
At the final concert of the Pažaislis Music Festival, listeners will be transported to the mystical world of medieval Sicily by the Lithuanian premiere of King Roger, the opera by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
The work is characterised by great dramatic force and rich orchestral and vocal colour, where Gregorian chant melodies, medieval mysticism and poetic oriental sensuality intertwine. With its impressive, dense and subtle orchestration, The Guardian called King Roger “the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh.”
GUTRUNE / NOV 2023 - MAY 2024
Richard Wagner began work on the text and composition of the Ring des Nibelungen in Zurich in 1849, under the influence of revolution. Some 26 years later – after interrupting work on Siegfried for 12 years – he completed his magnum opus and premiered it at the newly-founded Bayreuther Festspiele. Here at the Opernhaus, Intendant and stage director Andreas Homoki and General Music Director Gianandrea Noseda complete their Zurich Ring cycle with the premiere of Götterdämmerung.
Hansel and Gretel
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
GRETEL / DEC 23 - JAN 2024
Antony McDonald’s exquisite production of Humperdinck’s fairytale masterpiece returns in time for Christmas, sung in a lively new English translation by Kelley Rourke. A fabulous cast including Anna Stéphany and Hanna Hipp (Hansel) and Anna Devin and Lauren Fagan (Gretel) under conductor Mark Wigglesworth presents this gorgeous opera – the perfect treat for families and operatic newcomers.
Written on Skin
ORCHESTRE DE NATIONAL LILLE
AGNÈS / JAN 25 2024
According to 155 composers who responded to a survey conducted by France Musique, Written on Skin is the “most striking contemporary work of the beginning of the 21st century”. Inspired by a 12th century legend from Provence, Martin Crimp’s libretto paints unforgettable characters enflamed with passion. A faithful interpreter of Benjamin’s music, Alexandre Bloch will conduct a concert performance of the opera with a magnificent vocal cast, including Lauren Fagan and Evan Hughesse who form a brilliant central duo.
TITLE ROLE / 3-19 JULY 2024
Il Trittico is an operatic treat: a rare chance to see three one-act operas performed together. Here is a brilliant composer reaching for greatness. Always seeking human stories, Puccini wanted to explore contrast, pouring his talent into the gritty melodrama of Il Tabarro, the intimate tragedy of Suor Angelica and the surprising satire of Gianni Schicchi.
You’ll see a feast of Australian operatic talent, including Opera Australia regulars and singers returning home from successful seasons overseas. Soprano Lauren Fagan makes her Opera Australia debut singing the title role in Suor Angelica.
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