Co-Opera’s hilarious new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville will tour to South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales in March, April and May 2018, and plans are also afoot for a tour to Western Australia later in 2018.
The new touring production captures the troubadour tradition of the travelling Italian Commedia dell’ Arte. For 27 years Co-Opera performers have been Australia’s operatic troubadours and this wacky new production, brimming with laughter and sumptuous costumes, is here to transport the magic of that tradition to audiences across Australia.
The Barber of Seville is the best known and most popular work in comic opera and Co-Opera’s new production, set in the Australian goldfields of the 1880’s, will show why. Marking the debut of the company’s new MD and featuring the most famous tune in opera, it is a must-see for anyone who loves a good laugh, good music and a good night out.
$70 a ticket (no concessions)
Tickets available at Magpie Music (Bega),
Brief Affairs (Merimbula)
and Hair Lamartine (Eden)
Co-Opera’s newly appointed Musical Director, distinguished South Australian conductor and organist Josh van Konkelenberg, will make his conducting debut for the company with Rossini’s, The Barber of Seville. It is an historic event for the company and one which Co-Opera hopes will also make this a very special tour for audiences. Josh is thrilled to be hitting the road as MD as he understands how significant live opera can be, and says:”Opera is about telling stories and the best of these are charged with deeply human, political, and social energy.
“Our repertoire tells stories that belong to everyone and need to be constantly retold in such a way that they touch people’s lives with a real force and immediacy.”
“At the same time, there is the sheer joy and sensuous pleasure of music, so I’m really excited to open my time with Co-Opera conducting Rossini’s hilarious and exhilarating The Barber of Seville. One of the great privileges of my life has been to see first-hand how a single performance can transform lives in an art-starved community, so I’m keen to get out there share the power and possibilities of music-making.”
SCMS concerts are hosted at Wolumla Memorial Hall, Wolumla-Candelo Rd., Wolumlla, NSW. All tickets are $25. There is no charge for children under16 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or from:
The Subscription price for any four concerts is $80 for adults ($20per ticket). Co-opera concert, $70 (Not included in yearly subscription, no concessions) For further details contact Jacqui Jaffrey (tel. 02 6496 1224)
Twilight Series concerts are free of charge but 'retiring donations' are most welcome. These concerts are a joint effort of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and the Sapphire Coast Music Society. Bega Cheese Factory are the major sponsors for these concerts.
Twilight Series concerts are held at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery. For more details contact Nan Anderson on 02 6495 9934
All Sunday concerts begin at 2.30 pm. Co-Opera and Conservatorium concerts begin at 6.30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes before start time