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WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA 2014
THE MAGIC FLUTE
LA VOIX HUMAINE
(THE HUMAN VOICE)
Fiona McAndrew gives
a raw performance in this
confronting one-act opera
about love stripped down.
a woman’s unravelling as
she desperately calls her
on Mount Street,
Jan 24, 26, 28.
VOICE OF THE
African opera voices come
together with the West
Australian Youth Jazz
Orchestra to create a stirring
performance. This event will
feature pieces from great
romantic operas, as well as
spiritual songs from Africa
and America. Perth Concert
Hall, Feb 10.
COMING SOON... THE MIKADO
Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular opera will be the first performance from ICW Productions in 2014, pairing witty
dialogue with entertaining music for a show that won’t disappoint. The director of ICW Performing Arts Association,
Ian Westrip, believes the show’s director, Mark Barford, will help to give the production a new look, featuring West
Australian performers and young new artists, who are encouraged to match the standards of last year’s production
of CATS. Regal Theatre, May 7-10.
“Otello is, simply put, one of the great masterpieces in the entire opera repertoire,” says Joseph Colaneri of the epic tale he
will conduct for this season’s Perth International Arts Festival. “The combination of Shakespeare’s great tragedy and Verdi’s
monumental score will make for a thrilling evening. I would say it is in my top five favourite operas.”
Joseph has an extensive resume as a conductor, having worked with both
the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera, and took up the position
of Artistic Director at West Australian Opera in 2012. It’s a role that he has
thoroughly enjoyed so far. “The company is making some wonderful new
strides forward on several artistic fronts and I am very excited about the
future of opera in Perth.”
A mesmerising adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play Othello,
the production boasts a cast of brilliant performers. “Our Otello is
Antonello Palombi, who brings fiery vocalism and drama to his
performances of this great role, which is one of the most challenging
in the opera repertoire,” Joseph says. “And I am thrilled that Perth’s own
James Clayton will be singing his first Iago with us. This cast’s combination
of great singing and dramatic commitment truly excites me as I anticipate
these performances next February.”
Most singers, says
Anke Höppner, don’t
like performing in the
outdoors. She, on the
other hand, loves it.
magic about it,” she
says. “Mind you, the
weather has to play
With its emotionally
charged plot, this year’s
Opera in the Park,
Tosca, is set to take the
audience on a journey
into a world of jealousy,
betrayal and romance.
Anke will play the role
of the titular character,
a renowned singer
in her town and
hopelessly in love with
“She is a fiery
woman, probably because she feels things very deeply and is not so sure of
herself,” Anke explains.
Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera will be conducted by Brian Castles-Onion and
directed by Stuart Maunder. “I’m really looking forward to working with the new team,”
Anke says, and is quick to praise the location of the production, too.
“I love Perth!” she says. “I have really good memories with the Perth theatre
and that started a long time ago.” Anke first came to Perth about 18 years
ago to see her husband perform. “I fell in love with the city and I was so happy
when I could come on my own as a singer,” she says. “I think it’s a very sophisticated
city.” Supreme Court Gardens, Feb 15.
Anke Höppner (photography James Rogers).
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