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Why 2018 will be Opera Australia’s most creatively-charged year yet

The last few months posed a challenge – albeit exciting – for Opera Australia. Why? They went without their coveted Joan Sutherland Theatre in the illustrious Sydney Opera House and it was a whole new challenge.

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However, despite that 2018 is proving to be a year that will showcase one of the world’s leading opera companies as a creative powerhouse as it rises to fill the space of the newly revamped theatre in the heart of the Opera House.

The company has cast off the creative limitations of 2017 and will unleash one of its most inspired and innovative programs, that it unveiled recently at the new space.

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Dragana Radakovic as Santuzza, Diego Torre as Turiddu, Dominica Matthews as Mamma Lucia and the Opera Australia Chorus in Opera Australia's production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci.

“We are privileged to be hosting some of the most outstanding artists of our time [in the coming year], singing roles they have made their own around the world, with Leo Nucci and Ferruccio Furlanetto bringing their celebrated interpretations of Rigoletto and Don Quichotte to Australia for the first time,” said Opera Australia’s artistic director, Lyndon Terracini.

“Next year we’re aiming to present some big productions with some of the finest conductors, singers, directors and designers, it’s really what we’ve all been working towards for many years and it’s finally all coming together for 2018,” he said.

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The 2018 season will be a showcase of what a world renowned opera company is capable of. They’re a company so widely respected that the finest international conductors, singers and directors are jumping at the opportunity to work with them and it’s damned obvious.

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Just take a look at some of their finest productions right here to see what they’re about.

See more of the forthcoming 2018 season here at the Opera Australia website.

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