Queensland Ballet meld dance and theatre together this month in the fantastic imaginary world of Trey McIntyre's sparkling and witty interpretation of Peter Pan. This month also sees the return of World Ballet Day on Thursday 5 October with 22 hours of live, exclusive behind-the-scenes activities streamed from five of the world’s leading ballet companies, including our own Australian Ballet as well as Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.
Music lovers are offered some unusual fare. MSO’s 2017 Composer in Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin is featured inMSO Plays Beethoven 8, a special program that highlights the best of Australian woodwind.In Bittersweet Obsessions: Monteverdi & Bach, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will ensnare you with three timeless tales that follow one woman’s journey through the bitterness and sweetness of life. Further afield, Musica Viva Australia’s Sousaphonics ensemble will take MVA’s inspiring interactive music education program to Hong Kong schools.
Opera is flying high this month with State Opera South Australia and David Lampard’s production of Strauss’s immortal operetta,Die Fledermaus making its mainstage debut in Adelaide. In Perth, the WAO features a new generation of Australian singers inLucia di Lammermoor — the role that made Dame Joan Sutherland famous.
Theatregoers have a lot to look forward to with Bell Shakespeare’s uncompromising production ofThe Merchant of Venice at the Canberra Theatre; Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning — and completely fascinating —I am My Own Wife; and the all-new, up-to-the-minute outstanding comedy of The Wharf Review — 2017.
What a month — and it doesn’t stop here! As our MPAs release their 2018 season programs, the anticipation is palpable. Next year will be a year to remember…
Australian Major Performing Arts Group
Image Credits: State Opera South Australia