What is happening with Opera Queensland ?
This vibrant State opera company to the north seems to have fallen into the doldrums with their planned 2012 season, which is positively underwhelming.
The recently announced season consists of only 2 staged works – THE MIKADO and CARMEN, and concert performances of Verdi’s MACBETH. Yes only ONE true staged opera in 2012 !
The production of Stephen Schwartz (composer of the Broadway musical WICKED ) first opera, SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON planned for October 2012 has been shelved.
During the 1990′s Opera Queensland usually staged 4 operas per year and one or two major concerts. This fell to 3 staged operas in the 2000′s. Often Opera Queensland would have their own home grown productions as well.
Has the return of Opera Australia to Brisbane taken all the vacant spots at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre ? Or is Opera Queensland underfunded while extra State dollars have been channeled into contributing to the resurrection of Opera Australia seasons in Brisbane ? I suspect both.
A shame really when Opera Queensland has such a great record of well staged operas with excellent casting and exciting guest artists. It is even more of a shame when the Queensland Government is not sufficiently supporting their State opera company to enable them to maintain their current working level, and is not enabling them to make the leap to staging new, different and exciting repertoire and c0-productions with other and overseas opera companies.
Queensland opera fans love their State opera company and want to see it flourish, not flounder due to poor government subsidies and poor co-ordination with the National company.