Katherine treated to opera under the stars

OPERA Australia's full-scale touring production of the much-loved Marriage of Figaro is coming to Katherine on August 1. 

Come join the Katherine community to sit under the stars on a dry season night and watch opera. 

Head to  St Joseph’s Catholic College for a pre show drink at 6.30 before showtime at 7.30. 

Young people from the Katherine Cantarbillay youth choir will sing and perform on stage with the cast of Opera Australia in some scenes. 

Performed in English with a live chamber orchestra, The Marriage of Figaro is designed to captivate audiences of all ages during its tour across 15 regional centres in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The Melbourne City Ballet is also coming to Katherine.

Mozart's brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. 

Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters. 

The cast of The Marriage of Figaro includes some of Opera Australia’s finest principal artists plus a live touring chamber orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Kenway. 

The local Children’s Chorus in each centre will be under the direction of Opera Australia’s Regional Chorus Master Josh van Konkelenberg, supported by local choir leaders.

Director Michael Gow and set and costume designer Robert Kemp give Mozart’s comedic masterpiece a makeover and retell the hilarious account of one household’s adventures over a single day of madness. 

The award-winning ingenious duo created this production with stunning period costumes and a clever set, which will be transported by truck across Australia to each venue.

“When you add fantastic music by Mozart, some incredible singing, a small orchestra that’s producing the most amazing sound and have something that’s actually good to look at, I think it’s like a creative explosion,” Mr Kemp said. 

Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini is on a mission to introduce opera to new audiences, and he believes it’s vital to reinvent productions regularly to make them contemporary and engaging for different kinds of settings.

“The Marriage of Figaro is a great opera to tour and with this incredible Australian creative team, this will be a show regional audiences won’t want to miss. Michael Gow and Robert Kemp are masters of storytelling, and they have created a version of The Marriage of Figaro that will be unforgettable,”  Mr Terracini said.

The Marriage of Figaro is a delightful night out, suitable for the whole family.

This is a licensed event and food will also be on sale.

Synopsis

It's a big day on the estate of Count Almaviva, just outside Seville.

The Count's servant Figaro and the Countess' maid Susanna are to be married. But not everyone is happy about the wedding.

The Count has had his eye on Susanna for some time.

The housekeeper Marcellina finds herself strongly attracted to Figaro and her former flame, Dr Bartolo, who was once in love with Susanna and would prefer the wedding not to happen.

Marcellina has lent Figaro money and the contract states if he doesn't repay the loan he has to marry Marcellina.

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