Mazda Opera in the Bowl, Melbourne

There’s nothing that gets more stirring than a gigantic production that brings together so many of the world’s most renowned arias in one place. And offers it to the heaving audience for free.

Each year, Mazda teams-up with Opera Australia to put on the Mazda Opera in the Bowl at Melbourne’s huge outdoor music and concert venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the city freaks out.

 

 

Thousands pack the auditorium, awaiting such heart-stoppingly amazing performances of Au fond du temple saint from Bizet’s The PearlfishersVotre toast (the “Toreador song”) from Bizet’s Carmen and Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot as well as many other classics.

They manage the rousing two half performance with only a modest cast of some of Opera Australia’s most loved talent, the likes of Lorina Gore (who we spoke to beforehand here), Diego Torre (who killed it in Simon Boccanegra), Sian Pendry and Luke Gabbedy. Coupled with such talent as the Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia chorus, there’s no surprise the event is just as popular each and every year.

To find out more (and when it’s on again), see here.

Here’s a small playlist of what the audience was treated to…

 

 

And the full programme to whet your appetite for next time…

BIZET Prelude to Carmen
ORFF ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana
ROSSINI ‘Largo al factotum’ from The Barber of Seville
BIZET The Flower Song from Carmen
SAINT-SAËNS ‘Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Samson and Delilah
VERDI The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore
BIZET ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from The Pearlfishers
VERDI ‘Sempre libera’ from La Traviata

[interval]

ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
BIZET Seguidilla from Carmen
BIZET The Toreador Song from Carmen
LOEWE ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from My Fair Lady
RODGERS ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel
PUCCINI ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot

 

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