Our roundup of goings-on in the world of opera this week.
By Charlotte Moore
Close to home
- All aboard for Opera Australia and John Frost’s first ever Cole Porter musical! Australia’s queen of music theatre, Caroline O’Connor headlines in a sensational new production of Anything Goes as the vivacious Reno Sweeney. Look out for Todd McKenney as the delightfully British Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Carmen Duncan as the glamourous Evangeline Harcourt and Wayne Scott Kermond as the failed criminal Moonface Martin.
- The countdown is on for Sydney’s Opening Night of The King and I, as Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune reunite in a second Rodgers & Hammerstein classic at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are available on the Opera Australia website.
- Mickey is waiting in the wings as the Brisbane Festival production presents The Perfect American. An operatic biography of Walt Disney’s life, the piece was composed by composer Philip Glass.
Around the world
- The “Dutch Nightingale” Cristina Deutekom has passed away at the age of 82. She was renowned for her crystal clear timbre with many regarding her as the definitive Queen of the Night.
- Halloween in Chicago is going to be particularly colourful this year. The city’s Lyric Opera will sell off 3000 costumes dating back to the 1960s to keen opera fans. Expect to be trick or treated by The Mikado, Rigoletto or maybe Madama Butterfly herself.
- The Telegraph have released their list of the Top Ten Operatic Stars. He’s already graced the Sydney Opera House stage, but where will Kaufmann rank?
- Ilya Demutsky, the Russian composer of the immensely controversial opera New Jerusalem was beaten and threatened in an attack on the opera’s premiere performance. The opera follows the actions of an individual who hunts and tortures paedophiles.
- Edgy and colourful, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will present a chamber opera exploring LGBT relations. ‘As One’, a work by Laura Kaminsky tells the story of Hannah, a transgender woman in the process of transformation. The two stages of Hannah’s story are played by the husband and wife team Kelly Markgraf and Sasha Cooke.
- The career of an opera singer is testing at the best of times, but for women in Iran, it’s illegal for women to even sing by themselves. The Tehran Bureau documents the struggle onstage and off as Austrian opera director Hadi Rosat fights to bring Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi to the stage.
Just for fun
- The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made its way into the opera world. Have a giggle at Placido Domingo, The San Francisco Opera and Andrea Bocelli (along with his dog), get involved and then donate to Motor Neurone Disease Australia