Discover Opera

Discover Opera

Discover Opera

GRAHAM ABBOTT

OPERA DISCOVERY

STATE OPERA STUDIO

Sat 26 October
10am-4pm

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Conductor and educator Graham Abbott leads a series of fascinating one-day sessions that get to the core of what makes opera great, why it moves us, and how it gets from the page to the stage.

Abbott’s charming, informed and witty delivery is a wonderful way to learn in a relaxed and fun environment. Each Discovery Day focuses on a different composer and is timed so that you’ll know a lot more about each of our major productions before it arrives. Bring your partner, friends or family along for the day and enjoy lunch on us. School’s in session. See you Saturday!

Puccini, Saturday 26 October, 10am–4pm

A Japanese melting pot: State Opera presents perhaps the two most famous operas set in Japan side-by-side in November. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular and most often-performed stage works in the world, while for fans of Victorian operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado is a perennial favourite. The former is a gut-wrenching tragedy, the latter a delightful farce, yet both show the European fascination with the exotic, and in particular Japan (only recently open to the West when these works were written). Beneath the surface they have much to say to us today about cultural appropriation.

This Discovery Day explores the history of both works; we’ll hear from people involved in the productions as well as experience some of the music live in the studio.

SHOWS YOU MAY LIKE

Wallis Giunta <br><h6>2019</h6>

December 8, 2019

Wallis Giunta

2019
The Mikado <br><h6>2019</h6>

October 31, 2019

The Mikado

2019
Madama Butterfly <br><h6>2019</h6>

October 29, 2019

Madama Butterfly

2019

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Graham Abbott Conductor & Educator

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Refreshments & Lunch included

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My State Opera favourite moment was performing the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. It is an Everest of a role and truly a test of mental, physical, and vocal stamina. I was surrounded by wonderful colleagues both on and off stage, and together, we created something very special. It was one of the most harmonious (no pun intended!) productions I have ever been a part of.

I treasure every single memory from the very first rehearsal to the standing ovation at the end of the sold-out final performance. Most of all, it marked my change from ensemble performer to State Opera principal artist and I will be forever grateful to have been given that opportunity from a company that I have grown up with and hold very dear in my heart. - Joanna McWaters - Lyric Soprano
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My State Opera favourite moment was performing the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. It is an Everest of a role and truly a test of mental, physical, and vocal stamina. I was surrounded by wonderful colleagues both on and off stage, and together, we created something very special. It was one of the most harmonious (no pun intended!) productions I have ever been a part of. 

I treasure every single memory from the very first rehearsal to the standing ovation at the end of the sold-out final performance. Most of all, it marked my change from ensemble performer to State Opera principal artist and I will be forever grateful to have been given that opportunity from a company that I have grown up with and hold very dear in my heart. - Joanna McWaters - Lyric Soprano

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Brilliant performance 👏👏

Was fabulous and my partners first full opera that he loved and he is a truckie ❤️

I came and saw you in this. I was right at the back of the theatre and I never had any issues hearing every word you sang it was truly beautiful

Have seen Madama butterfly 4 times! Still my absolute favourite opera🥰each one stunning & performed beautifully... Thanku🙏❤️

Was this a the festival theatre about 4 or so years ago? Absolutely brilliant and memorable production.

Your performance was a turning point in your career, I thought.

First opera in which I saw you. Great Wow! factor!

And you were wonderful xxx

Beautiful performance🤗😘

Fantastic performance! 🍾

You were wonderful

Love it!

I prefer to call you Madame Spanks

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"McWaters captured the hearts of everyone in the crowd with a voice that seemed born for the role." - Limelight Magazine

Joanna McWaters performs Dolly's Aria from Cloudstreet. Dolly is the role that Joanna created and premiered in 2016. Have you caught up on all of the Arias From the Archives episodes?
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One day I dream to sing this role as beautifully as you jo x

Such a great role Jo McWaters!

Palmer spent five years transforming Cloudstreet, one of the country’s most beloved stories into operatic form – both composing the music and adapting Winton’s 427-page novel into a libretto.

We look back on this production in our Arias from the Archives series with Joanna McWaters performing Dolly's aria watch here: youtu.be/1GcP8H63Kso
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Palmer spent five years transforming Cloudstreet, one of the country’s most beloved stories into operatic form – both composing the music and adapting Winton’s 427-page novel into a libretto. 

We look back on this production in our Arias from the Archives series with Joanna McWaters performing Dollys aria watch here: https://youtu.be/1GcP8H63Kso

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Love it too. An amazing production with our talented artists.

This was the best moment of the opera, (or one of the best). Loved it.

Still on my Bucket list!! Love , love , love it!!

I would love to see this again - it changed me forever

Must be revived as so many people missed out!

Brilliant production!

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As a company, we love connecting deeply with South Australians and are proud to bring so many Australians home to sing for you. ... See MoreSee Less

As a company, we love connecting deeply with South Australians and are proud to bring so many Australians home to sing for you.

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Looking forward to the next time you are home Grant Doyle 🎼

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