After an absence of 12 years, Gilbert and Sullivan’s much loved operetta, THE MIKADO, will make its welcome return to Rockdale Town Hall in a brand new production.
THE MIKADO is arguably the most popular of all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. It is set in a mythical Japan and tells the story of the star-crossed lovers Nanki Poo and Yum Yum, the cheap tailor Ko Ko who has been elevated to the Exalted rank of Lord High Executioner, Pooh Bah Lord High Everything Else, Katisha an elderly lady from the Emperor’s court in love with Nanki Poo, and the Mikado himself. The opera is filled with glorious singing from the cast of principals and the ensemble. The wonderful score features some of the most beautiful and popular melodies including Three Little Maidsfrom School, I Have a Little List, and the well-known Tit-Willow.
This new production is being directed by Elizabeth Lowrencev with Musical Direction by Vincent Colagiuri. Brett Crocker will play the part of The Mikado, Daniel Verschuer will play Nanki Poo, Andrew Brunsdon Ko Ko, Gordon Costello Pooh-Bah, Vi King Lim will play Pish-Tush, Kirralee Elliott will play Yum-Yum, Zoe Yalouris will play Pitti-Sing, Imogen Bilinksy will play Peep-Bo and Carli Partridge will play Katisha.
The season will run from the opening night on Saturday 22nd June to Sunday 30th June. Performances are Saturday 22nd June at 7.30pm, Sunday 23rd June at 2pm, Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm and Sunday 30th June at 2pm.
The show will run approximately 3 hours including one 20 minute interval. Duration: Tickets range from $35 to $50. The season will run from the opening night on Saturday 22nd June to Sunday 30th June. Performances are Saturday 22nd June at 7.30pm, Sunday 23rd June at 2pm, Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm and Sunday 30th June at 2pm.
Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to give away to the opening night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with The Mikado giveaway in the subject heading. In the body of the email give your main reason why you would like to see this show. The winner will be advised by email with the tickets being available for collection at the Box Office.
Editor’s Note : This promotion has now closed and the winner has been advised.
Rockdale Opera Company’s 70th Anniversary celebrations conclude with a spectacular GALA CONCERT.
International Opera stars Jose Carbo, Barry Ryan OAM and John Bolton-Wood AM, will be joined by Soprano Lisa Cooper, Mezzo-soprano/SBS Presenter Silvia Colloca, principals both past and present, the ROC Ensemble and a Palm Court Orchestra in a celebration of glorious musical highlights from the past seven decades.
“This year marks Rockdale Opera Company’s 70th anniversary. Established in 1948, Rockdale is Australia’s oldest continuously operating opera company. We conclude our 70th year with a celebration of the glorious music performed by the Company over the past seven decades. Featuring many past performers, famous and otherwise! ”
Tickets $60, which includes a complimentary souvenir program. Tickets also available at the Box Office.
The Town Hall, on Princes Highway, is within walking distance of Rockdale Station on the Illawarra Line.
Ample parking and easy disabled access.
Refreshments and Bar facilities in the foyer.
Copies of their pictorial souvenir book "Seventy Years at Rockdale Opera Company - A Snapshot 1948 to 2018" will be available for purchase in the foyer.
Rockdale Opera Company’s 70th Anniversary celebrations continue with Jacques Offenbach’s grand fantasy opera THE TALES OF HOFFMANN and we have a give-away.
This is a new fully staged production of the opera with Benjamin Oxley as Hoffmann and Camilla Wright, Georgia Kokkoris and Michaella Zhang as his three loves.
With its amazing Doll Song and the beautiful Barcarolle, this opera is not to be missed!
With thanks to the Rockdale Opera Company, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass to give away. The pass is to the Saturday 18th of August or Saturday 25th of August at 7:30pm.
To be in the running to win a double pass to TALES OF HOFFMANN, email (email@example.com)
with ROCKDALE TALES as the subject, along with your full name AND the night you wish to attend.
Competition closes midnight Wednesday 15th August, 2018 when the winners will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the winner's name will be at the box office on the day of performance.
Calling out to all past and present members of Rockdale Opera Company! [Facebook] The company is seeking photos and memories of past productions from anyone who has shared time with them over the last 70 years.
The memorabilia drive is towards a 70th Anniversary Book as a record of the company’s history.
THE GONDOLIERS is one of the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. And no wonder, with Gilbert’s witty lyrics, Sullivan’s joyous music including the energetic Cachuca, a large cast of extremely talented principals supported by a host of gallant Gondolieri and colourful Contadine and last but certainly not least, some very interesting characters from the Sunny Spanish Shore.
Special group prices available.
Rockdale Town Hall is within easy walking distance of Rockdale Station on the Illawarra Line.
Ample parking is available in council car parks and nearby streets. There is easy access to both foyer and auditorium for disabled or frail patrons.
Coffee, tea, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks are available at the convenient Bar and refreshment area either pre or post show.
DATES FOR THE DIARY –
June 24th at 7.30 pm, June 25th at 2 pm, July 1st at 7.30 pm, July 2nd at 2 pm.
THE MERRY WIDOW is a substantial and well known work of the operetta genre. It is set in Paris and tells the tale of a rich widow, her womanising suitors, and the foreign embassy with its agenda to keep the widow’s inheritance away from Paris. In this version, lush sets and beautiful costumes ensure the production is always a visual treat.
Any revival for a fortunate twenty-first century crowd of Lehár’s charming music and colourful characters requires solid production values and choices to attract new and old fans alike. Here, a high energy performance results due to an active ensemble as well as showstopping scenes of exceptionally good dancing from the night clubs or folk tradition. It is worthwhile attending just to witness such staging. Continue reading Rockdale Opera’s MERRY WIDOW→
SYDNEY REVIEWS OF Screen + Stage + Performing Arts + Literary Arts + Visual Arts + Cinema + Theatre +