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Australia
Sydney

Patricia’s weekends are very popular as we go to top class operas including the favourites and the innovative. Meeting artists over Sunday lunch is always a great treat when we hear the story from backstage!

Sydney

Three spectacular contrasting performances in one weekend! Stay at five star Langham Hotel. Or take your choice! Visit Dame Melba's estate!

Tosca by Puccini

She lived for love. On this desperate day, can she find the strength to kill for it? American soprano Latonia Moore takes on Floria Tosca in John Bell’s thoughtful production set in Nazi-occupied Rome. Puccini was a true theatre composer, using every means available to move the emotions of an audience. His aim was dramatic truth. The sweep and flow of the music propels Tosca’s riveting drama of love, jealousy and sacrifice with astonishing vigour and force.

La Traviata by Verdi

Elijah Moshinsky’s production is one of Opera Australia’s most successful, featuring lush party scenes in Paris and beautiful autumn afternoons in the countryside. Starring Amerian soprano Corinne Winters as Violetta, the beautiful but vulnerable courtesan who is coerced into sacrificing her hope of personal happiness. It is Verdi at his best in one of the most subtle and passionate of tragic operas.

Don Quichotte (Don Quixote) by Massenet

From a time of brave knights comes the dreamer, Don Quichotte, who chases bandits, tilts at windmills and serenades pretty girls. It takes a special performer to charm you with this eccentric character. Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Don Quichotte is hugely acclaimed. What a thrill to hear this foremost Italian bass in this delightful production from San Diego Opera. His sonorous bass finds all the colours of Massenet’s lush, romantic score.

This opening night performance will be a new and exciting experience for us all!

Patricia’s opera weekends are very popular. Last year was sold out so BOOK NOW!


WHEN
3 - 6 May
COST

OPTION ONE
3 nights hotel accomodation at The Langham Hotel.

Easy walking distance to venue.

Extra nights available

Share NZ$2,050

Single NZ$2,650

Airfares not included

OPTION TWO

Arrange your own accommodation and join in our programme

NZ$1,550

Airfares not included.

 

Sydney

Opera Australia returns to the renovated Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Three popular performances in one weekend or take your choice!

PLUS optional tour of Opera Australia’s workshops and rehearsal studios to see firsthand how an opera is produced.

Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti

Australian soprano, Jessica Pratt, well known in Italy especially at Teatro alla Scala Milan now makes her debut at the Sydney Opera House and we are very excited to hear her in this daunting role. Lucia is on the edge of insanity: deceived by her brother, bereft of her lover, she marries a man she does not love and descends into madness. Her “mad scene” is one of the greatest of all opera. Passions run hot on the cold moors of Scotland and Donizetti traces every moment with exquisite music.

Rigoletto by Verdi

Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands as he rehearsed for the premiere in Venice. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, love, lust and revenge and the music was sensational. Roger Hodgman’s plush, period production presents a dark and dangerous world at the Court of Mantua with sets and costumes rich in detail.

Aida by Verdi

Verdi’s monumental, transcendent music makes this epic a perennial favourite. The celebrated Italian director, Davide Livermore, brings a new production to Opera Australia. Renowned for his high-tech, projected sets, we look forward to this taste of the future of spectacle on stage. Amber Wagner is Aida and Riccardo Massi will sing that stunning tenor aria, “Celeste Aida”.

WHEN
19 - 22 July
COST
3 nights hotel accommodation

Easy walking distance to Sydney Opera House

Extra nights available

Share NZ$2,050

Single NZ$2,620

Airfares not included.

OPTION TWO

Arrange your own accommodation and join in our programme

NZ$1,590

Airfares not included.