It isn’t a new production, although there are definite plot possibilities for aspiring librettists!
Sydney has tried and embraced Opera Australia’s initiative, and now, this season, it is coming to Melbourne. It is called Opera for One, but it in fact is more about finding companions to share the opera with. A recent press release from the Opera gave the details.
Opera Australia initiated this program as a direct result of a survey that found the number one reason people do not attend the opera is because they have no one to go with. One in five people said they had not yet seen a performance because they were unwilling to go on their own.
Opera for One aims to bring together solo attendees so they have someone to enjoy the show with and chat to during those awkward moments pre-show, during interval and that all-important post show critique.
Ticketholders will be invited to complimentary drinks and canapès an hour before the performance to meet other solo guests in a welcoming and relaxed environment. The group will be treated to a pre-performance talk by a member of the OA creative team before all being seated together for the show.
After successfully launching as part of the 2019 Sydney summer season, Opera for One will run as part of the upcoming Melbourne season this May. The Sydney program welcomed opera fans whose friends would not come along, widows, solo travellers and young creatives who were seizing an opportunity to explore something different.
“We want everyone to feel they are welcome, whether they have someone to come with or not.” says John Quertermous, Head of Marketing & Tourism at Opera Australia. “We were excited by the response in Sydney and are hoping that we can encourage a new audience in Melbourne”.
The upcoming season offers the choice to indulge in the glamorous Rigoletto, be charmed by Così fan Tutte or enjoy the brilliance of Il Viaggio a Reims in an Australian premiere – or join newly made friends to attend all three.
The Melbourne performance dates are as follows, tickets on sale now;
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne – Wednesday 15 May
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne – Thursday 23 May
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne – Thursday 30 May