Dream run for Conal

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per­former Conal Coad stars in Opera Australia’s lav­ish pro­duc­tion of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, which opens at the Lyric Theatre, at QPAC, in Bris­bane, to­mor­row night. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s In­dia-in­spired ver­sion of the Shake­spearean clas­sic, the pro­duc­tion stars Coad as Bot­tom and Tyler Cop­pin as Puck, with an out­stand­ing cast in­clud­ing To­bias Cole as Oberon and Lo­rina Gore as Ti­ta­nia. Jud Arthur and Jac­que­line Dark are Th­e­seus and Hip­polyta, with James Eg­gle­stone, Luke Gabbedy, Jane Parkin and Sian Pendry as the lovers. ‘‘It’s a dream come true,’’ Opera Australia artis­tic di­rec­tor Lyn­don Ter­racini says of the Bris­bane sea­son. ‘‘Since I took on the role of artis­tic di­rec­tor of Opera Australia I have been de­ter­mined to bring Australia’s na­tional opera com­pany to Bris­bane. This pro­duc­tion is a won­der­ful demon­stra­tion of where this amaz­ing art form can take you.’’ The story be­gins with a feud be­tween fairies – Ti­ta­nia is be­sot­ted with a young In­dian prince and Oberon plans his hu­mil­i­at­ing re­venge, con­jur­ing a web of en­chant­ment. When a merry band of mor­tals wan­der into the fairies’ do­main, Oberon dis­cov­ers more en­chant­ment than he imag­ined. Film and theatre di­rec­tor Luhrmann and de­sign­ers Cather­ine Martin and Bill Marron cre­ated the pro­duc­tion in 1993. Af­ter tri­umphant sea­sons in Syd­ney and Melbourne, the pro­duc­tion went on to win the Crit­ics’ Prize at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val and is now a much-loved part of Opera Australia’s reper­toire. Di­rec­tor Julie Ed­ward­son is restag­ing it for its first-time sea­son in Bris­bane. The pro­duc­tion runs along­side Opera Australia’s sea­son of The Magic Flute in the Lyric Theatre.

plays the Lyric Theatre, at QPAC, Bris­bane, from to­mor­row un­til June 9. plays the Lyric Theatre un­til June 8. Tick­ets are $60 to $185.

Gold Coast per­former Conal Coad (sec­ond from right) in Opera Australia’s Bris­bane sea­son of

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