Ma­jor fo­cus on Aus­tralia

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

NEW Aus­tralian works and clas­sic op­eras fea­ture in WA Opera’s 2016 sea­son pro­gram.

Puc­cini’s com­edy Gianni Schic­chi will be­gin the year for the City of Perth’s an­nual free Opera in the Park at Lan­g­ley Park on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

Tim Win­ton’s novel The Rid­ers will be brought to life by WA com­poser Iain Grandage, while the homage to Aus­tralia con­tin­ues in Si­mon Phillips’ pro­duc­tion The Elixir of Love by Donizetti.

The Opera Con­fer­ence pro­duc­tion of The Pearl­fish­ers, di­rected by Michael Gow and con­ducted by WA Opera artis­tic di­rec­tor Brad Co­hen, will com­plete the year.

WA Opera gen­eral man­ager Carolyn Chard said the com­pany was proud to present the 2016 sea­son in a year of firsts in­clud­ing Gianni Schic­chi (new to the com­pany’s reper­toire), The Rid­ers (a new Aus­tralian work), The Elixir of Love (a new to Perth pro­duc­tion) and The Pearl­fish­ers (a new pro­duc­tion).

“We hope to en­rich the cul­tural land­scape of WA and shine a spot­light on Aus­tralian tal­ent,” she said.

Sub­scrip­tions on sale from Oc­to­ber 30 and sin­gle tick­ets from Novem­ber 11.

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