Opera Australia Releases Set Details for La Bohème

  • Written by John Quertermous


Flurries of snow will take the outdoor opera experience to a whole new level with this stunning new production of La Bohème set in a wintery 1960's Parisian streetscape and featuring beautiful cobblestone laneways, glowing street lamps and classically bohemian costumes.

Director Andy Morton has been charged with bringing this vision to life, alongside celebrated set and costume designer Dan Potra who is making a welcome return to the outdoor stage after working his magic on Turandot in 2016.

Mr Morton has worked on the past five Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions and is delighted to be taking the reins of a new show for the first time:
“On the one hand it is of course extremely exciting. I have to pinch myself occasionally. On the other hand I have seen first-hand how Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is put together and the amount of preparation that goes into it, so I'm under no illusions about what a challenge it is,” Mr Morton said.

“It's my job to tell the story and, above all, obey the first rule of theatre: "thou shalt not bore!" So expect amazing lights and projections, soundscapes, bangs, flames, performers flying and the rather singular sight of freezing snowy weather in the middle of Sydney harbour. And fireworks? Well that goes without saying”.

The costumes will bring to life the classic bohemian love story reflecting the counterculture aesthetic of the era and include a range of colourful pea coats, flower power mini dresses and mariniere sailor tops.

Described as one of the great outdoor opera events in the world Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar, attracting more than 250,000 attendees from around Australia and across the globe over the past six years.

The custom-built site has an impressive range of dining and drinking options that make the most of the magnificent harbour views and nightly fireworks. The stunning Platinum Club – a pop up dining room, bar and lounge set amongst the tree tops – offers fine dining before the show, high tea and drinks at interval. Dinner and show packages are available with variable components that include a three-course dinner, interval drinks, program and performance.

To complete a glamorous night out, guests can arrive at the site by Water Taxi. Pick up points are around Sydney Harbour, dropping guests at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, just metres from the entrance to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Creatives
Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Andy Morton
Set & Costume Designer Dan Potra
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Video Designer Marco Devetak
Choreographer Kate Champion

Cast
Mimi Iulia Maria Dan* | Maija Kovalevska †
Rodolfo Ho-Yoon Chung* | Paul O'Neill †
Musetta Julie Lea Goodwin
Marcello Samuel Dundas* | Christopher Tonkin †
Colline Richard Anderson
Schaunard Christopher Hillier
Benoît/ Alcindoro John Bolton Wood
Parpignol Simon Gilkes
Officer Douglas McRae
Sergeant James Olds
* March 23, 25, 28, 31; April 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
† March 24, 27, 29; April 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

With the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus

Performance information
March 23 – April 22
Performance begins at 7:30pm
Site opens at 5:00pm for bar and restaurant venues

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Running time
Two hours and thirty minutes including one interval

Performed in Italian with English and simplified Chinese subtitles.

Bookings
Tickets from $99 (fees may apply)
Group and concession prices available for most performances.
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200

www.opera.org.au

ENTERTAINMENT

The Imperial Hotel Launch Party Re-Excites Sydney!

Within the Quaint historical mid streets of Sydney’s inner city suburb Erskenville comes a great grandiose extravaganza launch of the Imperial hotel. Since 1983 The Imperial has been illustrated as an...

Who will make the A-League Finals?

The A-League Finals race is heating up with just a month to go of the regular season. With only eight points separating third and eighth place, it’s going to be...

INTERGENERATIONAL TRIVIA @ The Lady Hampshire

Just dropping by to let you know about a Sydney local ladies night coming up on 13th March! It's been happening regularly at the Lady Hampshire pub in Camperdown and...

Audible releases WEST CORK, an original true crime series

AUDIBLE RELEASES WEST CORK, AN ORIGINAL TRUE CRIME SERIES ABOUT IRELAND’S MOST NOTORIOUS UNSOLVED MURDER   ALL THIRTEEN REVELATORY EPISODES AVAILABLE TO LISTENERS NOW, ONLY ON AUDIBLE Audible.com.au, the Australian arm of the...

SANTANA RODRIGUEZ Producer & Host “Shaping Up With Santana”

Bringing unbridled passion, soulful creativity and dynamic leadership to her multitude of endeavors over the years, Santana Rodriguez has impacted thousands of lives as a fitness champion, international print magazine...

LYDELL WILLIAMS RELEASES HEARTFELT & RAW NEOSOUL WITH "THE SOUND OF MY MELODIES"

LYDELL WILLIAMS KEEPS THE RAW, HEARTFELT NEO-SOUL FLOWING ON HIS EPIC 17-TRACK SET ‘THE SOUND OF MY MELODIES’ – FROM WHICH HE PLANS TO DROP AN UNPRECEDENTED EIGHT SINGLES! ...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

Changes You Can Make To Lead An Eco-Friendly LifeMore Than a Third of Australians Feel 'Too Busy' With Work to Take a HolidayDemand for reusable shopping bags skyrocketsBest Hidden Gem Hong Kong RestaurantsAustralian betting giant Sportsbet gets additional investment from Paddy Power BetfairMatakauri Lodge and Mahu Whenua Lodge5 Simple Steps to Find the Right Workbenches for SaleFirst-Timer Tips For Your First Lip Filler AppointmentHappy Glass Pool Fences are Safe Glass Pool FencesThe Big Freeze is Coming … How to Protect Your Garden Oil the Sewing Machine, or Face the Dire ConsequencesBest Aussie Road Trips for an Ultimate Adventure7 Easy Ways to Lift Up Your Home StyleCall Upon the Forces of Experts & See Your Carpets ShineChoosing your Water-Fed Poles: A Difficult Path Made Easy