Opera Queensland has unveiled a modern and cinematic new look and direction for Season 2019 under the leadership team of Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan and Executive Director Sandra Willis.

Opera Queensland’s Season 2019 offers a line up of works, including A Flowering Tree, Tosca, Orpheus and Eurydice and Verdi Requiem. With a vision to lead a change in opera, this will be Patrick’s first season as Artistic Director. He presents three main stage productions, along with regional and school touring works and a collaboration with Bleach* Festival, focusing on exceptional artistry and collaborations. “There is an intimacy to both our re-brand and Season 2019,” he explains. “I want to bring people closer to the work we do, to reveal the threads that connect us – our humanity, our fragility and our extraordinary abilities.”

There is a theme of love, death and ritual woven through the season 2019 programming, from the beautiful story telling of A Flowering Tree, to the powerful female character that is Tosca. Opera Queensland is keen to present the art form in a way that connects with the world today. “It is my hope that audiences both new and current will join us for Season 2019 and experience all that Opera Queensland has to offer; celebrating the classics and looking to the future,” said Patrick.

A Flowering Tree will open the Season from 2 to 6 April 2019 in the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The production is inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute and is composed by John Adams, one of the world’s leading contemporary composers. One of the world’s best-known operas, Tosca is also due to transform the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 13 to 22 June 2019.

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