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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.
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.
Six dancers intertwine their limbs in a pulsing clump of bodies.Â A mesmerisedÂ audience watches with breathless fascination, attempting to dissect the contemporary movement and throw theirÂ own interpretations of the pieceÂ into the mix.
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!
As The Rabbits hops into QPAC, we spoke to designer Gabriela Tylesova to get a closer look at this unique Australian production.