Emma Matthews – renowned as the finest Australian soprano of her generation – unveils her triumphant third album: Agony and Ecstasy.
Inspired by words from Verdi’s opera La traviata, the album presents a rich and timeless journey through the many faces of love, drawing on operas that employed the power of music to bring alive experiences of the heart as never before.
Agony and Ecstasy was recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in December 2015, under the baton of conductor Andrea Molino by ARIA-Award-winning Tonmeister Virginia Read.
Tobias Cole presents his fourth Handel production – The Vow - in the Canberra Playhouse – the first for his new professional opera company: Handel in the Theatre, on 8 and 9 October 2016.
Read about our Artists' performances in Australia and overseas during September 2016.
Antony Walker has been confirmed to conduct Semiramide for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at short notice.
The four performances, September 27, 29, October 2, 4 will open their 2016-17 season.
Congratulations to Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra on receiving a Helpmann Award in the category of Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert for French Baroque with Circa.
Stuart Skelton steps in as Siegmund in the concert performance of Die Walküre tonight in Baden-Baden
Owing to the indisposition of Jonas Kaufmann, Stuart Skelton will sing Siegmund in the concert performance of Die Walküre at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus tonight (Thursday 7 July) with Valery Gergiev conducting The Mariinsky Orchestra.
We congratulate the following artists for their nominations as follows:
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Sally-Anne Russell for Voyage to the Moon (Victorian Opera and Musica Viva)
Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Jeremy Kleeman for Voyage to the Moon (Victorian Opera and Musica Viva)
Russell Harcourt for Nerone in Agrippina (Brisbane Baroque)
Douglas McNicol for Leporello in Don Giovanni (State Opera SA)
Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Paul Dyer and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for French Baroque with Circa
Best Lighting Design - Theatre
Nick Schlieper for North by Northwest (Melbourne Theatre Company and Kay and McLean Productions)
Best Set Design - Theatre
Nick Schlieper (with Simon Phillips) for North by Northwest (Melbourne Theatre Company and Kay and McLean Productions)
Congratulations to Richard Gill on being awarded an AO in this year's Queen's Birthday honours.
Richard recived this honour for his distinguished service to the performing arts as a conductor, artistic director and advisor, to the development of music education, and as a mentor of young musicians.
Caroline Wenborne will step in to sing the role of Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Vienna State Opera with Maestro Adam Fischer.
Performance dates are March 29 and April 1, 4 and 7