Opera Queensland’s new production, The Sopranos, celebrates the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history of opera.
The Sopranos is a new commission by writer Sarah Holland-Batt. It covers rich and exciting terrain focusing on women dare to be different, love more intensely than is considered proper, refuse to play the roles they were supposedly born to play – and often face shockingly violent ends.
Yet even as they meet madness or murder, sopranos command the stage with voices so virtuosic and emotionally powerful audiences are enthralled century after century.
Shining a light on the some of the greatest dramatic moments in the repertoire, The Sopranos challenges our assumptions, inviting us to experience these unforgettable women anew.
Some of the pieces performed include:
Vissi D’arte from Tosca (Puccini)
The Mad Scene from Lucia Di Lammermore (Donitzetti)
Seguidille from Carmen (Bizet),
The Queen of the Nights aria from The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Also featured are some contemporary pieces from female composers including Sara Bareilles, Peggy Pollias and even Dolly Parton!
The show features some of Queensland’s most acclaimed vocalists including: Amber Evans, Eva Kong, Eleanor Greenwood, Jason Barry-Smith and Michael Honeyman.
The Sopranos is presented by Opera Queensland and Rockhampton Regional Council.
Opera Queensland is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.