The Ultimate Opera Weekend – Melbourne
Friday 24 May – Monday 27 May 2019
From $1,490 pp
Take centre stage and join us for this ultimate opera weekend, packed with premium inclusions and luxury accommodation.
This exclusive tour is operated in partnership with our friends at Opera Australia and offers a more independent experience. Enjoy three operas, plus discover all the action behind the scenes with exclusive meet and greets, tours and much more…
- 3 nights’ accommodation in a Studio Queen room at the Quay West Suites Melbourne, including breakfast.
- Welcome Gift
- Premium reserve tickets to 3 Operas – Il Viaggio a Reims, Cosi fan tutti and Rigoletto
- Pre-performance talk about Così fan tutte
- Pre-performance talk about Rigoletto
- One Lunch
- Dinner in the foyer of Arts Centre Melbourne with CEO Rory Jeffes
- Dinner at Arts Centre Melbourne with Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini
- Backstage tour of Arts Centre Melbourne
Company: Opera Australia
Conductor: Daniel Smith
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Il Viaggio a Reims
In 2019, Rossini’s exultant opera finally makes its Australian premiere with some of your favourite performers…
If Rossini made a showreel of his best work, it would sound like Il Viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Reims). The prolific composer was unabashedly showing off when he wrote this incredible work, destined to dazzle the aristocracy at the crowning of Charles X and then disappear forever. The simple plot is a marvellous excuse for a string of fantastic arias and impressive ensemble pieces.
In Damiano Michieletto’s playful take, the eccentric cast of characters find themselves in a gallery filled with the master works of art history. Velázquez’s enormous dresses jostle for space with Keith Haring’s cheerful murals. Frida Kahlo and van Gogh compare self-portraits. It’s a surreal world, where artworks step out of the frame and come to life the moment the lights go out.
Gaze at the world’s most famous art through the magnificent (and thoroughly tongue-in-cheek) sets and costumes. Paolo Fantin and Carla Teti have recreated iconic works with remarkable fidelity.
Young Australian conductor Daniel Smith makes his long-awaited debut with Opera Australia, bringing his characteristic sparkle in the pit to a huge cast of talents.
Company: Opera Australia
Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Director: David McVicar
Cosi fan tutte
Laugh at love, old man, for you and I both know that women are all the same. But don’t say your heart isn’t moved when I sing of love…
Mozart’s opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty.Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other’s lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso. Absurd? Yes, but Mozart’s luminous music takes the absurd and makes it sublime.
Come along for a merry ride and you’ll see that under that veil of farce is a poignant drama about love, faith, loss and sex.
Acclaimed director Sir David McVicar sets this bittersweet romantic comedy in the early 1900s, just before WWI changed the world forever. Moritz Junge’s ravishing costumes and sun-bathed set designs add to the beauty on stage. Leading maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson makes her Australian debut.
Company: Opera Australia
Conductor: Andrea Licata
Director: Elijah Moshinsky
He’s hideous. He’s hated. He’s untouchable. But in this shimmering world of secrets and seduction, can he keep the one he loves most safe?
From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge.
And the music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tunes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his premiere cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy ‘La donna è mobile’ outside of rehearsals.
Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of Rigoletto returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumes, and scene-stealing car. The revolving dollhouse style set gives a cinematic detail to each scene.
Andrea Licata returns to conduct an exciting cast of international and homegrown stars. Melbourne soprano Stacey Alleaume makes her debut as Gilda with Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat, who won the Audience Prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, as Rigoletto, and remarkable young Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan sings the Duke of Mantua.
Quay West Suites, Melbourne
Quay West is a 5 star apartment-style hotel, offering luxurious and elegant accommodation, a 24 hour reception, modern gym, pool and spa facilities. Ideally located on Melbourne’s Southbank, the hotel is nestled in the creative Melbourne Arts Precinct and adjacent to shops, restaurants and bars. Just steps away from Hamer Hall and the National Gallery of Victoria.