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Opera Australia - La Bohème on Sydney Harbour

Spectacular opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with La Bohème, in a lavish new production set against the backdrop of the 1968 riots that swept through Paris’ iconic Latin Quarter and nearly brought down the government.

In this heady atmosphere, Puccini’s beloved tale takes on a timeless quality. We love Puccini’s Bohemians with all their flaws because we appreciate what it is to be young and to know only infinite potential, untrammelled by responsibilities or anything as mundane as 'the future'. And that makes it an ageless opera that will never cease to be relevant, no matter where or when it is set.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in the same frame as the Eiffel Tower, with brilliant fireworks illuminating this stunning scene. La Bohème is one of the most performed operas around the world every year, inspiring adaptations as diverse as Rent: The Musical and Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning film Moulin Rouge. Puccini’s beautiful music adds so much more to the story, inspiring and heartbreaking with every note.

Iulia Maria Dan stars as Mimì, our tragic heroine. Ho-Yoon Chung is Rodolfo, the lovestruck poet who falls in love with Mimì at first sight. And Julie Lea Goodwin is superb as Musetta, the star of Cafe Momus. This is the first DVD release of a Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production since Turandot in 2016, and is sure to be met with excitement by dedicated fans nationwide.

DVD | Available 25 October 2019 | ABC 076 3068

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion

Director Andy Morton

Set and Costume Designer Dan Potra

Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall

Choreographer Kate Champion

Sound Designer Tony David Cray

Video Designer Marco Devetak

Mimì Iulia Maria Dan

Rodolfo Ho-Yoon Chung

Musetta Julie Lea Goodwin

Marcello Samuel Dundas

Colline Richard Anderson

Schaunard Christopher Hillier

Benoit/Alcindoro John Bolton Wood

Officer Douglas McRae

Sergeant James Olds

Parpignol Simon Gilkes

Opera Australia Chorus

Chorus Master Anthony Hunt

Assistant Chorus Master Michael Curtain

Opera Australia Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster and Leader Sun Yi

This production was first performed by Opera Australia on 23 March 2018

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney

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Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.