Opera Australia Announces Scaled-Back Melbourne Season

Classic Arts News   Opera Australia Announces Scaled-Back Melbourne Season
Opera Australia's will not open its 2006 Melbourne season with a new production of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk as previously planned, the Melbourne Age reports.

The production, intended to mark the 100th anniversary of the Shostakovich's birth, has been canceled because of budget pressures.

The company has also decided not to debut a new Mozart production in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. Instead, it will perform the composer's Requiem and excerpts from Mitridate in concert.

The season does include a new production of Delibes' Lakm_, conducted by Richard Bonynge, and a staging of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress imported from Glyndebourne, with sets by David Hockney.

Also on the schedule are revivals of Mozart's The Marriage of Fiagaro, Verdi's La traviata, Puccini's Turandot, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondeliers, and Handel's Julius Caesar.

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