Opera Australia’s charming production of The Merry Widow glitters with art deco glamour and opulence, while the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra transports us to the Dutch golden age of the 17th Century by marrying the treasures of the Rijksmuseum with baroque performance and music in Rembrandt Live. Circus Oz whips us back to the present in an audacious unpacking of the myths of modern Australia as they back-flip, somersault and fly around a cleverly designed model-kit world.
Sydney celebrates more remarkable talent as Ghenoa Gela tells her moving, irreverent and provocative story in Belvoir Theatre’s production ofMy Urrwai,and Meow Meow and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra join forces for a gloriously subversive performance inMeow Meow’s Pandemonium.
There is a lot of action in Sydney because of the Sydney Festival, but Melbourne holds its own with Melbourne Theatre Company’s production ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — hailed as a global theatrical phenomenon — and the inauguralSymphonica concert featuring New York electronic music icon Armand van Helden on stage with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a single explosive night.
In Hobart, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra kickstarts the year with a world premiere at the ever-popular MOFO, when Violent Femmes, the original acoustic punk rockers, pull their music to pieces and put it back together with a full orchestra. Further afield, the Sydney Dance Company will be on tour, taking Frame of Mind andLux Tenebristo South American audiences.
Meanwhile, it may seem quiet in the other states but WA, SA and QLD are buzzing as designers, performers, set builders and wardrobe departments beaver away in preparation for their season openings next month.
What a way to ring in the new year!