Opera Australia’s Regional Tour hits the road, bringing The Marriage of Figaro to The Arts Centre Gold Coast
This July Opera Australia brings a scintillating production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to The Arts Centre Gold Coast as part of its 2017 tour of Australia.
Mozart’s classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble writing, it’s not hard to understand why. The much-loved opera will be performed in English with a live chamber orchestra.
Not only do residents of the Gold Coast have the opportunity to attend the opera, but young locals have auditioned and 23 young vocalists will be taking the stage with some of operas greats!Opera Australia continues its community engagement program, providing hundreds of children the opportunity to be trained and perform with the third-busiest opera company in the world through the Regional Children’s Chorus program.
The children are currently learning to sing songs from The Marriage of Figaro ahead of the opera arriving in town. They’ll then rehearse with the artists, and join them on stage in full costume as part of the performance.
The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australia’s finest singers plus a touring Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. The local Children’s Chorus will be under the direction of Opera Australia’s Regional Children’s Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by local choir leader Antony Zambolt.
Director Michael Gow and Set and Costume Designer Robert Kemp give Mozart’s comedic masterpiece a makeover and retell a hilarious account of one household’s adventurous over a single day of madness. The award-winning creative duo has created an incredible production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set.
“When you add fantastic music by Mozart, some incredible singing, a small orchestra that’s producing the most amazing sounds and have something that’s actually good to look at, I think it’s like a creative explosion,’ said Mr Kemp.
Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, is on a mission to introduce opera to new audiences, and he believes it’s vital to reinvent productions regularly to make them contemporary and engaging for different kinds of settings.
“The Marriage of Figaro is a great opera to tour and with this wonderful Australian creative team this will be a show regional audiences won’t want to miss! Michael Gow and Robert Kemp are masters of storytelling, and they have created a version of The Marriage of Figaro that will be unforgettable,” said Mr Terracini.
Conductor Simon Kenway
Director Michael Gow
Adaptation by Michael Gow
Set & Costume Designer Robert Kemp
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Countess Lee Abrahmsen
Countess Olivia Cranwell
Don Basilio / Curzio James Egglestone
Bartolo Steven Gallop
Count Almaviva Christopher Hillier
Antonio / Figaro Andrew Jones
Marcellina Kristen Leich
Barbarina / Susanna Jenny Liu
Count Almaviva Simon Meadows
Cherubino Agnes Sarkis
Barbarina / Susanna SuzanneShakespeare
Antonio / Figaro Adrian Tamburini