The final performance of Götterdämmerung takes place at the Arts Centre Melbourne tonight, and for every single person involved, it’s been a wild ride. You can listen to the glorious music and world-class singing this evening from 3.40pm on ABC Classic FM. Tune in!
We set ourselves the challenge of adapting Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute into a bedtime story, something that could be enjoyed by children and adults alike. We think it turned out pretty charming! It’s a great way to introduce the colourful world of the opera to children, especially if you’re thinking of seeing Julie Taymor’s puppet-filled production at the Sydney Opera House this summer. Read the story here.
If you’re stuck for a Christmas idea for the person who has everything (or maybe seeking a new year full of incredible experiences), make sure you check out the Opera Australia Annual Online Auction. You can bid for all kinds of money-can’t-buy goodies.
Around the Web
- La Scala has appointed Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly as Music Director from 2015.
- New interviews reveal Jimi Hendrix had a classical bent:“I did Strauss and Wagner, those cats are good, and I think they are going to form the background of my music.”
- La Scala has debuted a new La Traviata which is ruffling feathers at home and abroad (an odd design aesthetic, a Violetta who missed her entrance…). See some pictures and read more about it here.
- A Western Sydney McDonalds has taken to playing opera music to discourage youths from loitering outside. It seems to be working.