2017 AT THE OPERA STUDIO
The Opera Studio will be a hub for a range of genuinely exciting and entertaining presentations in 2017, as State Opera SA pulls out all stops to fill your opera year with a smorgasbord of activity. With easy parking, intimate audience sizes and the unique chance to experience your favourite singers up close and personal, there’s every reason to book for the entire Opera Studio season!
LOVE, SEX AND DEATH – CABARET OPERA
Saturday 17 June at 7.00pm
Love, sex and death. Why does one always lead to the other? Hear some of your favourite things, but not as you remember them! For just three nights, this extraordinary theatrical creation by director/designer Velalien will transform the Opera Studio into an unforgettable cabaret world that will leave you clamouring for more. Spanning opera, music theatre and movement, with extra layers you never imagined possible, these performances are part of the 2017 Cabaret Fringe. Leave your troubles behind and your preconceptions at the door. Opera will never be the same again.
WINTER SHOWCASE – IN THE DOME ROOM AT TWO O’CLOCK
Friday 30 June
Saturday 1 July at 7.30pm
Following a highly successful public reading in July 2016, and due to public demand, playwright Rob George and composer Dale Ringland’s musical play, In the Dome Room at Two O’clock will receive two staged performances. Based on a true story, the work centres around larger than life Australian entrepreneur Oscar Asche and his creation, with composer Frederick Norton, of the ‘musical than won World War One’, namely Chu Chin Chow. It’s a story of brilliance, egomania, excess, dignity and failure. Asche, along with his long-time partner Lily Brayton transformed the British stage, but ambition and arrogance can break the strongest bonds. With new music by Dale Ringland, interspersed with excerpts from the original Chu Chin Chow score, In the Dome Room at Two O’clock will transport you back to the forgotten, extravagant world of Edwardian theatre!
NGURUNDERI – PREMIERE STUDIO PRESENTATION
Friday 11 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 12 August at 2.30pm
Ngurunderi is a major, multi-part work in development, written and composed by South Australian musician and environmentalist Tim Fatchen. The highly evocative music draws its textual inspiration from the indigenous creation legends surrounding the lower part of the River Murray. Tim Fatchen has spent a number of years liaising with the indigenous communities of the lower Murray to develop a respectful and inclusive musico-theatrical work for singers, dancers and chamber orchestra. These two performances are the first steps in a multi-year development of this extraordinary project. A unique chance to see the birth of a new work!
STATE OPERA SA / ELDER CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC CO-PRODUCTION DON PASQUALE
Thursday 5, Friday 6 and
Saturday 7 October at 7.00pm
In October 2016, State Opera SA and the Elder Conservatorium presented its first genuine industry partnership co-production with Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. It featured State Opera SA established, young and emerging artists working closely with students from the Elder Conservatorium. It was so good that it sold out and in 2017, Die Fledermaus will be part of State Opera SA’s mainstage season. The 2017 collaboration with ‘the Con’ will be the comic opera Don Pasquale. The ageing Don Pasquale wants to marry – he doesn’t really care to whom, and so a plot is hatched by the scheming Dr Malatesta, abetted by Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto and Norina, Ernesto’s recently widowed young lover. Pasquale doesn’t stand a chance in the face of this trio, but the route to a happy ending takes many comic twists and turns. This production will be conducted by Luke Dollman and will feature a principal cast of professional singers working with vocal students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide and members of the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at 7.30pm
Each year the highly talented participants in the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Opera Program finish the year with Summer Showcase – a chance for you to see their amazing development over the preceding twelve months. The music is always sublime and it’s an unparalleled chance to see and support the next generation of singers as they evolve in their craft. As an added bonus, the Summer Showcase, directed by David Lampard, is also a chance for State Opera SA to preview some of the following year’s operatic offerings. What a great way to finish your 2017 operatic year!