Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Check out the 2020 program of the Sydney Opera House, the biggest opera house in Australia and book your tickets for upcoming shows.
Needless to say, throughout the season the Australians show their attachment to their opera. It must be said that the building is an icon that symbolizes the whole nation. To appreciate the hall accordingly, it is essential to reserve your seats to attend a performance. This year 2020, the famous building of Jorn Utzon continues its major renovation which will be fully completed in 2022. The Concert Hall being closed, the concerts of the famous Sydney Symphony Orchestra are hosted at the Sydney Town Hall. Fortunately, the Sydney Opera House continues to host operas produced by the great Australian company Opera Australia.
The new season is a bit special for the orchestra as its artistic director, the great conductor David Robertson leaves the institution at the end of the 2019 season. He is still on display for two fabulous concerts ( he directs Mendelssohn with Augustin Hadelich and Ein deutsches Requiem of Brahms). 2020 is therefore a transition season pending the appointment of the new leader. But the big orchestra also remains loyal to two renowned conductors, Donald Runnicles and Vladimir Ashkenazy. As Principal Guest Conductor, Runnicles conducts four outstanding concerts. An Italian opera gala brings together a fine cast of singers in sight that can be found again on Beethoven's majestic Missa solemnis. Mahler (Symphony No. 4), Richard Strauss (Ein Heldenleben) and Brahms (the violin concerto performed by a great master, Christian Tetzlaff) are on the program of other concerts that must be booked quickly to get the best concert seats. Honorary leader Vladimir Ashkenazy offers beautiful Scandinavian programs with Peer Gynt from Grieg and Finnish with the intense Sibelius. Simone Youg is another leader that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra musicians know well. Making a noteworthy passage at the Opera, the Sydney native is back in force to conduct a gala of Viennese music, the symphony No. 4 and the first piano concerto of Brahms (with the talented pianist Cédric Tiberghien) and especially the profound Symphony No. 7 of Beethoven. 2020 is the great year of the Beethoven celebrations. Chef Marin Alsop conducts Symphony No. 9, Kirill Karabits Piano Concerto No. 4 with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Elisabeth Leonskaja and Cédric Tiberghien, two other superb pianists have recorded one of Beethoven's sonatas from the program of their recital. This season 2020 at the Sydney Opera House, the great artists are performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, hence you have to book your concert tickets quickly. As for the soloists, we see the arrival of great performers like the violinist Christian Tetzlaff who also offers a solo recital where he plays the Partitas & Sonatas of Bach. Violinist Akiko Suwanai performs Sibelius' violin concerto while cellist Daniel Müller-Schott plays another famous concerto of Dvorák. The pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk attacks the Rachmaninov summit with concerto No. 2 and Ingrid Fliter demonstrates her sensitivity in Mozart's masterpiece, Concerto No. 23 K. 488. Many other events are also noteworthy because the Sydney Symphony Orchestra season is extremely abundant.
On the operatic side, the Sydney Opera House obviously hosts opera performances and the 2020 season promises to be just as rich with several events for which it is advisable to book your opera tickets as soon as possible. After the arrival of superstar Jonas Kaufmann in 2019, this season the Opera Australia hosts another tenor with an extraordinary voice, Joseph Calleja. This season welcomes many famous directors who present their productions. Scotsman David McVicar is always a sensation, especially with Mozart's Don Giovanni, where the beautiful soprano Eleanor Lyons who plays Donna Anna is a talent to follow. But the most emblematic production of the man of theater is Gounod's Faust, which must be seen especially with a good cast like here at the Sydney Opera House (Ivan Magrì, Irina Lungu, Teddy Tahu Rhodes). Another very great name of staging, Olivier Py stages his production of The Jewess of Halévy directed by Guillaume Tourniaire. Davide Livermore offers three productions with Donizetti's Roberto Devereux and two Verdi's operas. The famous Aida is on the bill as is the less known and yet beautiful Attila. Singers Leah Crocetto, Elena Gabouri, Yonghoon Lee, Andeka Gorrotxategi, Taras Berezhansky and Roberto Scandiuzzi are on display with Verdi, while Atalla Ayan, Jennifer Rowley and Elena Maximova interpret Donizetti's heroes. Another masterpiece of bel canto, Lucrezia Borgia by Donizetti is proposed in concert with the beautiful voice of Jessica Pratt in the title role. An incredible event, soprano superstar Renée Fleming who bid farewell to the opera stage returns to shine in a musical, The Light in the Piazza. Places to buy as soon as possible! But the award for glamor is undoubtedly the Australian soprano Nicole Car and her husband, the famous Quebec baritone Etienne Dupuis, who share Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin poster in the production of Kasper Holten (former director of the Royal Opera House of London). It is urgent to reserve seats to attend this representation because Nicole Car, native of Melbourne, is a real star in Australia and also in all the operas of the world as Etienne Dupuis!
The great masterpieces are on display, such as Bizet's immortal Carmen or Puccini's emotional Bohemian, two absolute masterpieces. Places should always be reserved as soon as possible to obtain show tickets. Opera Australia visits the most sophisticated directories but always with quality productions. Baroque opera is not forgotten with Rinaldo, Haendel's opera full of famous airs, or Charpentier's Medea, which offers both Caitlin Hulcup and Cyril Auvity a magnificent role. Also to note, at the Australia scenery is a contemporary creation, Rembrandt's Wife by Andrew Ford. As part of Opera on Sydney Harbor Mrs Macquaries Point, in the fall in March April, Sydney Bay hosts a production of La Traviata, the masterpiece of Verdi's masterpieces (signed Francesca Zambello), given outdoors with the iconic opera and harbor bridge as background stage. Jessica Nuccio, alternating with Stacey Alleaume, plays Violetta Valery facing Alfredo by Rame Lahaj or Paul O'Neill. It is safe to say that absolutely every opportunity is good to book opera or concert tickets at the Sydney Opera House!