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Con Opera Productions
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Opera School has produced fully-staged opera since 1934, under the initial direction of Dr Edgar Bainton.
Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Join us to celebrate the next generation of opera singers as Sydney Conservatorium of Music presents Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Based on a medieval farce of mistaken identity, Mozart’s comic opera is a tale of love, deception and forgiveness. Two pairs of lovers declare their love for each other, but at the first sign of flattery from other suitors, fidelity is forgotten.
The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell
The poetic libretto and Purcell’s rich score relate subtly and metaphorically to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written as a masque or semi-opera, this Restoration Spectacular is reshaped by director Elsie Edgerton-Till. Pivoting out from the Fairy Queen’s desire, love and loss, this production weaves a world of magic and mystery. As the sun sets, natural order and the logic of love give way to a forest at night. As midsummer madness descends, drunk poets, Fairy Kings and Queens even Night and Day become tangled in the sweet torment of Love.
Sung in English, and supported by the Early Music Ensemble, conducted by Associate Professor Neal Peres Da Costa.
Show 2015 Con Opera Productions
English Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson
Through its sharp wit English Eccentrics takes a sideways look at a collection of quirky characters from English society. Bonkers and barking mad, each character more bizarre than the last, the opera introduces us to a weird and wonderful palette of aristocracy, tradesmen, maids and clergy and the eccentricities that lie within.
Sung in English, conducted by Dr Stephen Mould.
MASS by Leonard Bernstein
On the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s 100th Birthday on Wednesday 6 May, we celebrated with a unique event at the Sydney Opera House. Over 400 students, staff and alumni of the Con and the Con High School, and guest performers from Sydney Children’s Choir, all under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Chair of Conducting performed the epic MASS by Leonard Bernstein. Still controversial four decades after its conception, MASS explores the debate around religious beliefs through a young man’s crisis of faith.
Sung in English, conducted by Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz.
Performance Dates: Wednesday 6 May