2006 Adelaide Festival of Arts Will Feature Performances From Glyndebourne and Australian Dance Theatre

Classic Arts News   2006 Adelaide Festival of Arts Will Feature Performances From Glyndebourne and Australian Dance Theatre
 
In 2006, Adelaide Festival of Arts will present a new opera by Glyndebourne Festival Opera and a performance from Australian Dance Theatre, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The festival program includes 20 world premieres and 15 Australian premieres, and much of the programming will be exclusive to Adelaide.

Glyndebourne, in its first season performing in the Adelaide festival, will present Jonathon Dove's Flight, a comic opera about travelers stranded in an airport. Flight, with a libretto by April de Angelis, premiered at Boston Lyric Opera last spring, and was first presented by Glyndebourne in August.

Australian Dance Theatre will present Devolution, a production that sets dancers with prosthetic limbs against robotic creatures.

According to the Herald, the 2006 events, the work of new artistic director Brett Sheehy, marks the festival's return to the elite international opera, music, and dance after six years of indifferent programming.

Sheehy, who has directed the Sydney Festival four times, said, "I do think in the last decade or so, Adelaide has lots its kind of specialness. I just wondered if there was a way to grab back the baton, and I think there is."

The opening-night features Italy's Compagnia de Valerio Festi in an open-air spectacle that includes acrobatics, giant helium spheres, and the tolling of the city's church bells.


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