Queenslanders are dying to see the brand-new touring work from Opera Queensland, Songs To Die For, a cheeky, celebratory and ultimately reverend look at Opera’s relationship with the art of dying.
Touring across regional Queensland from 2 July to 8 August 2019, Songs to Die For is directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan and stars leading artists; Soprano Rebecca Cassidy, Mezzo Soprano Jessica Low, Baritone Jason Barry-Smith with musicians Scott Saunders and Trevor Jones.
Weaving some of the great operatic death scenes from Purcell to Wagner with contemporary pop songs from artists like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, Mr Nolan believes Songs To Die For reveals that a great song speaks to the soul regardless of when it was written.
“Art through the ages – whether visual, musical or theatrical – from Shakespeare to Goya, Mozart to Cobain, often focuses on mortality as a major theme.
“Songs to Die For draws on the power of music to explore our relationship with death in ways that are both tender and laugh out loud funny”.
“At the heart of Songs To Die For is our commitment to introduce new audiences to the diversity and power of opera as an art form.
“Opera Queensland is delighted to continue its program of extensive regional touring, performing in traditional and unexpected locations and embracing the many unique creative communities that exist throughout Queensland,” Mr Nolan said.
Featuring operatic classics such as Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto and La traviata alongside reimagined hits from the likes of The Doors, Billie Holliday and Nirvana.
Songs To Die For celebrates the end of things with joy and wonder, brought to vivid life for one night only. Tickets on sale now.
Opera Queensland Presents Songs to Die For
Ipswich 2 July, 7.30pm – Ipswich Civic Centre
Caloundra 4 July, 7.30pm – Events Centre Caloundra
Sunnybank 10 July, 7.30pm – Sunpac
Bundaberg 15 July, 7.30pm – Moncrieff Theatre
Gladstone 16 July, 7.30pm – Gladstone Entertainment Centre
Townsville 21 July, 7.30pm – Riverway Arts Centre
Ingham 23 July, 7.30pm – TYTO Wetlands
Innisfail 24 July, 7.30pm – The Con Theatre
Cairns 25 July, 4.00pm – Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Winton 29 July, 7.30pm – Waltzing Matilda Centre
Longreach 30 July, 7.30pm – QANTAS Founders Museum
Windorah 2 August, 7.30pm – Windorah Rodeo Ground
Charleville 4 August, 7.30pm – Cosmos Centre
St George 5 August, 7.30pm – Balonne Shire Council Multicultural Centre
Roma 6 August, 7.30pm – The Big Rig
Gold Coast 8 August, 3.00pm – HOTA, Home of the Arts
Contemporary works (subject to change)
The End – The Doors.
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Lithium – Nirvana
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Be Careful – Patty Griffin
Song to the Siren – Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Good Morning Heartache – Billie Holiday
Banks of the Ohio – Olivia Newton John
Dido’s Lament- Purcell
With Drooping Wings – Purcell
Soave sia il vento – Così fan tutte
Don Giovanni – Mozart (Commendatore Scene)
Rigoletto – Verdi (Trio and Storm)
La Traviata – Verdi (No 16 Addio del passato)
Liebestod – Tristan und Isolde
Concept and Direction Patrick Nolan
Musical Director Scott Saunders
Designer Leigh Buchanan
Soprano Rebecca Cassidy
Mezzo Soprano Jessica Low
Baritone Jason Barry-Smith
Musicians Scott Saunders and Trevor Jones
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