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Unveiled: Opera Queensland and Windmill Theatre announce 2015 season


New venues and new approaches feature among program announcements this week for Opera Queensland and Windmill Theatre.
Unveiled: Opera Queensland and Windmill Theatre announce 2015 season

Bear with me, a Metro Arts production, presented by Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre from 7 to 19 July at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. Image courtesy Windmill Theatre. 

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Opera Queensland takes audiences into new realms with a 2015 season that moves away from a traditional subscription model to favour a festival-style multi-ticket approach.

Artistic Director Lindy Hume said the program demonstrated the company’s new direction as it invests in the next generation of audiences and artists. ‘The future of OperaQ is grand opera, of course, but also chamber-scale projects, pop-up events in unexpected places and adventures in regional landscapes.

‘We’re creating a rich portfolio of music theatre experiences for opera aficionados and first-timers alike. There’s something for everyone. I have faith that our audiences will respond to the quality of our work and enjoy some new experiences.’

The season centrepiece is Verdi’s great romantic tragedy La traviata (7 – 16 May), which brings together some of Australia’s finest international artists in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, including celebrated baritone Jonathan Summers, Italy-based tenor Aldo di Toro and rising star Emma Pearson.

For full program details visit the OperaQ website.  


Fledermaus will be presented as a  free concert of Johan Strauss’s champagne operetta. Image courtesy Opera Queensland. 


Windmill Theatre’s 2015 season of  theatrical delights comes with relocation plans from its current Adelaide Railway Station Arcade home to new offices in Sturt Street, Adelaide's 'creative west end'.

Among program highlights is a co-presentation between Adelaide Festival and acclaimed Italian director Chiara Guidi, whose dark and engrossing take on Jack and the Beanstalk debuts at the Odeon Theatre Norwood from 28 February 28 to 8 March, 2015.

Award-winning Australian playwright Kate Mulvany presents her new play Masquerade, based on the iconic 1970s children’s picture book, and is to presented by State Theatre Company of South Australia and Griffin Theatre at Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide from 20 May to 31 May, 2015.

Windmill Theatre’s Artistic Director Rosemary Myers said the  program would have ‘something for young people of all ages’. ‘It’s a passionately curated offering of amazing theatre, all created by teams of kooky, inventive, occasionally irreverent and always awesomely talented artists.

‘Our theme for 2015 is "zoom", because not only are we zooming off to New York with Pinocchio, and zooming into a brand new company home, we'll be working the zoom lenses overtime as we produce and premiere our first ever feature film, Girl Asleep.

For more information visit the Windmill Theatre website.

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