Opera Queensland Archives - The Creative Issue - News for Creatives
As you make your way into the theatre, an image of two large hands in black and white appear on the curtains. They grasp for one another but slip away after a brief touch. It sets the tone for what is to come. Hope, love, loss.
It’s true that opera is often seen as conservative and old-fashioned. Even powerhouse opera countertenor Owen Willets agrees that elitism sometimes reigns supreme across the genre. However, he also attests to the cutting edge nature of opera, stating that it’s always been on the cusp of what’s new.
QPAC’s Lyric Theatre was packed with well-dressed friends of the opera on Thursday to experience Tosca, the latest presentation by Opera Queensland.
First performed in 1900, Opera Queensland (OQ) is bringing Tosca to Brisbane, presenting themes just as important today as they were 120 years ago.
Featuring some of Australia’s best performers, Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival returns for its eighth year with a world-class line-up.
Think Barcoo Shire in central west Queensland – an area equal to Belgium and Taiwan combined, with a population that couldn’t fill two CityCats – and it’s unlikely you’ll think of opera.
Imagine if you had to commit one crime every day for the rest of your life, and youâ€™ll know exactly what itâ€™s like to be a cursed baronet of Gilbert and Sullivanâ€™s, Ruddigore, or the Witchâ€™s Curse! While Jason Barry-Smith couldnâ€™t imagine ever committing a felony himself, his character, Sir Despard Murgatroyd, in Lindy Humeâ€™s version of the famed opera, spends his days indulging in wicked deeds like kidnapping children and building orphan asylums.
Brisbaneâ€™s performing arts lovers have the opportunity to experience Opera Queenslandâ€™s extremely accessible production of the macabre and brilliantly funny Gilbert & Sullivanâ€™s, Ruddigore, or the Witchâ€™s Curse!