Opera and circus: strange bedfellows

Contemporary art form meets 17th century tradition; an unlikely pairing rich with potential.

Il Ritorno photo by Damien Bredberg

Though collaboration is common in our sector, it’s often between artists working in similar art forms or sharing methodologies. Rarer are collaborations which push audiences and artists alike outside their comfort zones, such as two upcoming productions which unite performers from the disparate worlds of opera and circus.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts