From the Director: Roberto Devereux

Elizabeth I has a presence in all three of Donizetti’s Tudor operas. ‘Maria Stuarda’ depicts the great conflict of Queen Elizabeth I with her half sister, Mary Stuart, culminating in a confrontation and the subsequent execution of Mary. It imagined a love rivalry...

From the Director: Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena, is remarkably close to a true historical telling of the demise of the second wife of King Henry VIII. The opera begins as Boleyn’s “star begins to fade” in 1536, following her second miscarriage, a boy. She had already given birth to Princess Elizabeth...

From the Director: The Abduction from the Seraglio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” in 1782. The work was sponsored by the Nationalsingspiel which was set up by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II in order to create a repertoire of works performed in the German language (as opposed to...

From the Director: Mary Stuart

Maria Stuarda is based on the verse play by German Romantic playwright Frederich Schiller whose dramas have provided rich source material for many great operas. Schiller’s Romanticism led him toward taking major liberties with history as is evident in this work. In...

From the Director: The Barber of Seville

If Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais had had his way The Barber of Seville would have been performed as a comic opera as early as 1772. But this was not to be, as it was rejected by the Opéra Comique and had to wait ten years until Paisiello’s setting, and a...

From the Director: Der Freischütz – The Marksman

Melbourne Opera mentioned the possibility of a production of Der Freischütz to me two years ago. It was a piece I really knew nothing about, I had heard of Weber and knew of his influence on Wagner and the development of German Romantic Opera and that was about it....