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6 Glowing Operas to Warm You Up This Winter

15 May 2019 by Anna Troiano
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Winter is essentially upon us here in Sydney, and luckily, a brilliant lineup of hot operas are playing around town to warm up the colder months. How better to escape the cold than with the soaring sopranos and booming baritones of some world-class opera productions?

So let go with a good libretto, and get tix to these stunning operas before you miss your chance.

Great Opera Hits
Are you a beginner to the world of opera? Check out Opera Australia’s delightful offering, “Great Opera Hits” and get a crash course. Hear the most-loved arias ever composed from the likes of Puccini, Verdi, and Bizet, and performed by Australia’s most talented singers. These relaxing Sunday afternoon concerts run for 90 minutes as the sun sets across the Harbour, from 7 July.

Anna Bolena
Anna Bolena” is the stunning operatic telling of the notorious tale of Anne Boleyn’s life, one of bloodiest in England’s history. Get lost in the famous story of jealousy and betrayal during its run at the Opera House 2-26 July. Donzetti’s opera is as dramatic as it is beautiful, particularly with “the world’s most-acclaimed soprano” Ermonela Jaho in the starring role.

The Return of Ulysses
Based on the ending of the classic Greek epic, this familiar story shines in Pinchgut Opera’s illuminating production playing 13-19 June at City Recital Hall. Internationally acclaimed tenor Fernando Guimarãres sings the title role in a performance that’s been captivating audiences around the world. For a touch of authenticity, “The Return of Ulysses” is sung in its original Italian, and supplemented by English subtitles.

For something a bit more contemporary, grab tix to the new opera “Whiteley” playing at the Opera House 15-30 July. This shiny new work is brilliantly Australian – written by two celebrated Australian opera-makers about one of the most famous Australian painters. Brett Whiteley led a life as colourful as his palettes – and perhaps just as deliberately unconventional.

The Marriage of Figaro
Nothing could quite lift your spirits more than an evening at the Opera House enjoying one of the most famous operas in the world. Mozart’s beloved comedy is reimagined in this stunning production by Opera Australia running 18 Oct.-2 Nov. in time to start celebrating spring. For a bit of extra charm, director Sir David McVicar adds a naturalistic edge to his version in order to sharpen the comedy and maximise the fun.

Ghost Sonata
As the winter fire fades away, don’t miss this glowing ember running 11–14 September. For a show that’s a bit less traditional but still dazzling, the operatic adaptation of Strindberg’s famous play is as captivating as it is haunting. The dense and moody chamber work will be performed at The Opera Centre deep in the cavernous, vibe-appropriate workshop.