Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the Adelaide Festival’s centrepiece opera, live as it’s performed in the Festival Theatre in Adelaide, from the comfort of your local theatre.
Benjamin Britten’s musical transformation of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy is something of a miracle: apart from a single short sentence, every word is that of England’s finest poet; every fibre and comic nuance of the play is preserved. And while a lesser composer might have merely adorned a masterpiece, he created a new one all its own: with its graceful haunting melodies, iridescent orchestration, headily perfumed harmony, and filigree-like vocal textures – there’s nothing in the repertoire like it.
Neil Armfield’s special affinity with Britten’s operas has been lauded worldwide. “Definitive” and “staggering” was the UK and US critical consensus for his multi-award-winning Billy Budd and audiences lucky enough to have experienced his Peter Grimes and Turn of the Screw rate them just as highly. Despite its proudly Australian creative team, this missing piece of the puzzle has been seen abroad but never at home. Magical, otherworldly and playful, it bears all the hallmarks of his exceptional craft: drawing subtle and truthful comedic performances, letting his fairies rip as real kids and, in the finale, delivering a belly laugh-inducing riot.
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- Visual Arts
9th June 2021 — 26th July 2021
In this exhibition, South Australian artist Kunyi June Anne McInerney draws upon her experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation in the Oodnadatta Mission Home during the 1950’sView event
- Visual Arts
12th July 2021 — 31st October 2021
This exhibition subverts and unravels the baggage-laden yet wondrous category of making once labelled ‘domestic arts’View event
- Community Event
24th July 2021 — 24th July 2021
Presented by The Magpie Warblers
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked is the untold story of the Witches of Oz.View event