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OPERA & CLASSICAL MUSIC
THE MUSIC OF
Kate Ceberano once again graces the Concert Hall
stage with WASO, this time for a showcase of 007
classics. Expect all the hits including Diamonds are
Forever, Skyfall and Goldfinger.
Perth Concert Hall, Apr 10-11 .
Have you never really ‘got’ opera? Find the whole idea of it slightly baffling? Penny Shaw gets your dilemma. One
half of the Divalicious duo, Penny’s new show Opera Undressed shakes off the pretences and replaces them with
a “few cheap laughs”. Having been in the opera industry for more than 20 years, Penny says she has experienced her
fair share of hilarious incidents. “The opera stories are written about such extreme events, ones that lend themselves
to exaggeration, which can also end up being quite funny when they go wrong,” she says. While the show certainly
includes some beautiful arias from Penny herself, she assures it’s not wall-to-wall music. “A lot of it is just me chatting
and telling funny stories.” A perfect intro to the world of opera, the show will give opera newbies some much-needed
tips on picking the right show. And, as the name suggests, Perth audiences may get slightly more than they bargained
for... ahem. Casa Mondo in The Pleasure Garden, Feb 19-22 .
DR WHO SYMPHONIC
This monster musical
event, featuring a cast of
more than 145 musicians,
actors and singers,
celebrates more than
50 years of the much-
loved TV series. After
sell-outs in New Zealand
and the East Coast, get in
quick to secure tix.
Perth Arena, Jan 31.
Dutch violinist Rudolf
Koelman plays his
the youthful energy
of the Fremantle
Ballroom, Jan 31,
Hall, Feb 1.
OPERA IN THE PARK
A night under the stars
with some of Australia’s
top opera singers and
food truck feasts sounds
pretty good to us. Oh,
and it’s free!
Gardens, Mar 6.
THE LEEUWIN CONCERT
Head down to Margs for
this awesome summer
opera event, as Welsh bass
baritone Bryn Terfel and
soprano Rachelle Durkin
headline alongside the
Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Check out Leeuwin’s picnic
hampers and packages, and
stay late for some Soul City
Groove-ing at the marquee
Leeuwin Estate, Mar 7.
Flagged by The Huffington Post as the
“best visual theatrical production opera
currently has to offer”, Anthony Minghella’s
award-winning Madama Butterfly comes
to Australia for the first time. Cinematic
images and traditional Japanese
theatre tell the story of a young
Japanese girl (Butterfly) who falls in
love with an American naval officer
(Pinkerton). Soon after their wedding,
Pinkerton returns to America, leaving
Butterfly alone and waiting. Late director
Minghella (known for his work on The
English Patient and The Talented Mr
Ripley) breathed new life into this tragic
tale of devotion and betrayal, with the
help of Giacomo Puccini’s beautiful
operatic melodies. Perth audiences are
lucky to witness both Minghella’s original
Butterfly, Mary Plazas, and his original
conductor, David Parry, in what is now
one of the world’s most performed and
His Majesty’s Theatre, Feb 24, 26 & 28,
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
harmonies from Asher
Fisch’s clarinet and mezzo
soprano Stefanie Iranyi
make up this ‘musical
kaleidoscope of America’,
as Gershwin himself put it.
Perth Concert Hall,
Cello legend Mischa Maisky
plays passionately romantic,
energetic performances of
Bloch and Strauss in his first
ever Perth appearance.
Perth Concert Hall,
WASO honours the 100th
anniversary of the Gallipoli
landing in this moving
concert, in partnership
with the Returned and
Services League and the
Army Museum of Western
Australia. Along with special
guest artists, the chorus will
take you through a special
evening full of music and
Perth Concert Hall, Apr 23.
VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS
Almost 300 years after
it was first played by
orphans in eighteenth-
century Venice, Four
Seasons will take Perth
audiences on a journey
from the summer sun to
the chills of winter, led by
director Paul Dyer, WASO
string players and violin
soloist Shaun Lee-Chen.
Perth Concert Hall, Apr 30
& May 1-2.
Indie-pop darling Kate Miller-Heidke embraces her
classical side in this opera transformation of the much-
loved children’s storybook. Kate will grace the stage
with her enchanting vocals, performing all of her own
compositions. John Marsden’s words and Shaun Tan’s
pictures are brought to life through Barking Gecko
Theatre Company’s kooky sets and costumes, to reveal
an eerie story of colonisation. “In partnership with
Opera Australia, we aim to make a production that
fires imagination and empowers younger audiences
to embrace the world and their future in it,” says John
Sheedy, artistic director of Barking Gecko. This one’s for
both kids and big kids.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Feb 12-16.
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