In a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Opera Australia presents one of the great operatic double acts commonly known as Cav/Pag. In fact, these two short operas,Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni andPagliacci by Leoncavallo, explore the full spectrum of emotion: passionate love, consuming lust, bitter suffering and boundless rage in a way that only opera can magnify.
Following a season within the Sydney Festival,Ladies in Black makes a return visit to Queensland Theatre with its story of Sydney in the late 1950s. This Helpmann Award winning production with music by Tim Finn is a magical, modern-day fairy tale sure to leave you singing long after you leave the theatre.
Sydney Theatre Company opens the year with The Testament of Mary,adapted for the stage from the Booker Prize nominated novel by Colm Tóibín. At Belvoir inPrize Fighter, a Congolese refugee in the Australian suburbs reveals a background that seems unimaginable in his new country –a boy soldier, fighting with the forces that massacred his family.
We also take a look at what some of our member companies have planned for 2017 with new work that pushes the boundaries of artforms, from chamber music to theatre and from ballet to symphony.
A great beginning to what we all hope will be a Happy New Year.
Bethwyn Serow Executive Director
Australian Major Performing Arts Group