Posts Tagged ‘Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’
After the success of the 2012 LA TRAVIATA on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia has announced the return of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2013 with a production of Bizet’s famous and feisty opera CARMEN.
Opera Australia has also confirmed that the new production of CARMEN will be directed by Gale Edwards (pictured above) who directed the extremely popular 2011 production of Puccini’s LA BOHEME seen in both Sydney and Melbourne. The designer will be Brian Thompson who did a stupendous job with LA TRAVIATA this year.
No details on casting have been released so far, but Opera Australia must seriously be considering inviting Rinat Shaham back to Australia after her absolutely sensational CARMEN in 2011. Here’s hoping !
Tickets for CARMEN will go on sale later in 2012.
Opera in 4 Acts by Guiseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after the play LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS by Alexandre Dumas fils (1852)
Performance by Opera Australia on Friday, 30th March 2012 at Lady Macquarie’s Chair on Sydney Harbour.
Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Francesca Zambello
Scenery Designer Brian Thompson
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Choreography Stephen Baynes
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Site Designer Ross Wallace
Producer/Assistant Director Michael Campbell
Second Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
Violetta Emma Matthews
Alfredo Gianluca Terranova
Pere Germont Jonathan Summers
Flora Margaret Plummer
Gastone Martin Buckingham
Baron Douphol James Clayton
Marquis d’Obigny Christopher Hillier
Doctor Grenvil John Bolton Wood
Annina Sarah Sweeting
Violetta’s servant Samuel Sakker
Messanger Tom Hamilton
If you had ANY doubts about attending the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour LA TRAVIATA, I think these pictures will soon change your mind. With one last last dress rehearsal tonight, the opera opens tomorrow night.
After months of rain, the skies have cleared and sunny days and balmy nights are promised for the coming week at least.
One of the Opera Insider team is attending the final dress rehearsal tonight, but reporting on this is useless – it’s just going to be magnificent and awe-inspiring.
As you can see the production looks absolutely fantastic, so if you were planning on being a couch potato, or didn’t think it would be worth the trip to Sydney – think again, get on the net or phone and order your ticket now !
Quick, book your tickets and a jet if you are interstate. Tickets may be booked on line at:
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Last evening at the performance of Opera Australia’s COSI FAN TUTTE, audience members were able to see the ongoing preparations for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
The stage, audience stands, and set are all now installed. Only the fitting out of the restaurants and bars remains to be completed. As dusk set, the stage lights were lit, as well as the gigantic chandelier that is the focal point of the set. I have to say that the impression of the chandelier viewed from the Opera House is truly AMAZING, sparkling and shimmering in the evening dark.
During the intermission the set was still in the process of being lit and a rehearsal was in progress, the chandelier was now green and the COSI audience was incidentally treated to a demonstration of the fireworks to be used during performances. The fireworks, while not as grand as New Year’s Eve in Sydney, are still a show stopper for a Parisian party updated to the 1950′s.
If you haven’t bought your tickets to this show yet – buy one as soon as you can. Once the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has opened and the word is out, I predict you won’t be able to beg, borrow or steal a ticket !
Tickets for the opera and dinner packages can be purchased on line from the Opera Australia website:
Interstate and overseas visitors may still be able to book weekend packages from Renaissance Tours:
As can be seen below, large scale construction work is proceeding at a rapid rate at Lady Macquarie’s Point in Sydney for the inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA.
The photographs taken today, Saturday 10th March, reveal a large construction team hard at work on a thankfully bright sunny day after weeks of drenching rain and floods.
The stage can clearly be seen being prepared and sitting above the area for the enclosed orchestra and cast waiting rooms, and to the right of the top pictures – the structure for the Platinum Lounge and Northern Cantina.
The bottom picture glimpses the stage and shows the Platinum Lounge structure more clearly. Work on the stand to seat the audience of 3,000 is not seen and is in preparatory stages only at this time.
With just 17 days left to the grand opening night of the inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour on Saturday 24th March, Farm Cove Sydney is in the midst of an industrial looking transformation building the harbour stage, stands and catering facilities for Opera Australia’s riskiest production to date.
Farm cove is swarming with floating cranes, mobile cranes, labourers, engineers, and technicians building the facilities in preparation for the set bump in (no mean feat in itself) and light rigging. The two casts have been rehearsing on the set in a studio for the last few weeks. Now Sydney needs only to provide clear skies, and warm early weather for the event, instead of the forecast rain for the month.
Opera Australia has recently released these pictures of the assembly of the massive stage and site facilities:
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Cast and creatives for LA TRAVIATA are as follows:
|Stage Director||Francesca Zambello|
|Set Designer||Brian Thomson|
|Costume Designer||Tess Schofield|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|Sound Designer||Tony David Cray|
|Violetta Valery||Emma Matthews (24, 28, 30 March; 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 April)
Rachelle Durkin (27, 29, 31 March; 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 April)
|Alfredo Germont||Gianluca Terranova (24, 28, 30 March; 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 April)
Ji-Min Park (27, 29, 31 March; 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 April)
|Giorgio Germont||Jonathan Summers (24, 28, 30 March; 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 April)
Warwick Fyfe (27, 29, 31 March; 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 April)
|Flora Bervoix||Margaret Plummer|
|Baron Douphol||James Clayton|
|Marquis D’Obigny||Christopher Hillier|
|Dottore Grenvil||John Bolton Wood|
Worried about how good the facilities will be for the inaugural Handa on Sydney Harbour LA TRAVIATA ?
Well don’t – they look absolutely fabulous, as can be seen above in the animation of the site, stands and facilities.
The animation was commissioned from the Sydney branch of the architectural animation and design firm, Our Vision earlier this year and what a tremendous job they have done realising Opera Australia’s plans.
If the facilities are half as good as they appear in the animation and stills below, the audience is in for a tremendous night.
Above: The North Cantina
Above: The Platinum Bar
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Construction of the set for Opera Australia’s inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA has commenced in Adelaide.
The $12m production of La TRAVIATA will open in March.
It will feature a floating stage and a huge suspended chandelier to evoke the glittering salons of 19th-century Paris.
The stage will appear to be sitting on the surface of the water but will be mounted on pylons and a support structure that can be used again.
Designer Brian Thomson ( pictured above in front of the partially constructed set at ShowTrek in Adelaide) – veteran of many stage productions and projects including the Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony – said the floating stage was “just another challenge”.
It will be installed near Mrs Macquaries Point so that audiences can watch the opera with a view of the Sydney Opera House behind.
“Other people are doing the engineering work,” said Thomson. Construction began this week at Adelaide company SHOW TREK, which worked on the Adelaide RING and the hit musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, which Thomson also designed.
For LA TRAVIATA Thomson is working with American opera director Francesca Zambello, who has previously created outdoor extravaganzas including WEST SIDE STORY for the floating stage at Bregenz in Austria.
Opera Australia will be aiming to sell 40,000 tickets during the three-week season of Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Although somewhat premature, the question of which opera will be staged on Sydney Harbour in 2013 is thought provoking.
Rumours of performances of Giordano’s ANDREA CHENIER with Arnold Rawls as Chenier in 2013 have been published. Might Opera Australia be thinking of this for the 2nd Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour ? The same work has sold well as the opera on the lake at the Bregenz Festival this year. Or might it be Bizet’s CARMEN ?
Opera Australia has just released pictures of the set models for their Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2012 production – Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA.
Previously Opera Australia has been very tight lipped concerning details of future productions, but for this exciting new and expensive venture, potential audiences are being given increasing details over time to wet (pardon the pun) their appetite (pardon another pun, as their will be catering of meals at the performances as well). The selective leaking of information has worked extremely well for companies such as Apple, but it is the first time we have seen a similar approach to opera in Australia. Other recently leaked information by Opera Australia include graphics of what the production will look like from the audience on Sydney Harbour, and a video of the director, Francesca Zambello describing some of the major features of the staging ( see my previous article entitled Official launch today of Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour).