Arts Centre Melbourne
Closing 13 October
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress – a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope, taking root.
It’s a story for young people, it’s a story for old people, it’s a story for all of us. Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia’s foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families.
Gabriela Tylesova’s kooky sets and costumes realise Tan’s pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden’s spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller-Heidke: the butterfly voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.
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.
Arts Centre Melbourne, The State Theatre
4 – 30 May
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
11 – 30 May
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
20 – 29 May
Don Carlos (Verdi)