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Malthouse Theatre

21 – 23 May

Renowned for their enthralling, grand-scale events, Aphids invite you to experience one of their genuine performance spectacles. This epic game of 20 questions will celebrate one of Melbourne’s most loved and loathed cultural icons.

Unravelling through a series of unexpected clues and interactions, A Singular Phenomenon irreverently investigates our fascination with pop culture and the cult of personality.

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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

20 – 29 May

Light gleams off dark marble monuments and the terror of the Spanish inquisition is captured in a stage beset with shadows.

Verdi's music masterfully controls the twisting and turning story. Vivid orchestral colours and affecting melodies manipulate his audience to devastating effect: we love, we hate, we turn and sympathise as each note reveals a little more of these complex, charismatic characters.

The opera is testament to Verdi's ability to create light and dark in a single moment, and to sing it, you need a huge cast of extraordinary performers. Don Carlos features an international cast of nearly 200 led by Mexico’s Diego Torre in the title role, Serbia’s Milijana Nikolic, Russia’s Victoria Yastrebova, Italy’s Giacomo Prestia and Australia’s José Carbó and Daniel Sumegi.

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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

11 – 30 May

The serial seducer is on the loose again, in a new production from one of the most provocative minds in opera today, David McVicar.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ Don is mad, he’s bad, he’s dangerous but, damn him to hell, his serenades are just divine. David McVicar teases out the psychological drama of these questions in a highly anticipated new production and Australian debut from the leading opera director of his generation. And in the role he was born to sing, Teddy Tahu Rhodes’ powerful magnetism, dark-hued voice and imposing physique make being bad seem oh so good.

The Don has met his match. Don Giovanni brings together two of this country’s biggest opera stars for the first time in an Opera Australia production – Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Don Giovanni and Emma Matthews as Donna Anna.