Rossini was showing off when he wrote Il Viaggio a Reims, an opera destined to dazzle the aristocracy at the crowning of Charles X and then disappear forever.
The simple plot is a marvellous excuse for a string of fantastic arias and impressive ensemble pieces. Because it’s so demanding and expensive to stage, it’s never been seen in Australia before. But in 2019, this exultant opera finally makes its Australian premiere, a spectacular vehicle for some of your favourite performers.
In Damiano Michieletto’s playful take, the eccentric cast of characters find themselves in a gallery filled with the master works of art history. Velázquez’s enormous dresses jostle for space with Keith Haring’s cheerful murals. Frida Kahlo and van Gogh compare self-portraits. It’s a surreal world, where artworks step out of the frame and come to life the moment the lights go out.
A co-production with Dutch National Opera and the Royal Danish Theatre.