Opera fans are encouraged to forget about the black tie and ball gowns and pack their pajamas when Opera Australia hosts its first event on Cockatoo Island, with sleepover options including tents and apartments on the island.
And boaters will even be able to attend the new production of Carmen from the deck of their ship, with moorings also available for hire in front of a giant screen.
Plans for the new event, which opens on November 25, 2022, were unveiled this week by Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini. He also confirmed, as widely expected, that the 2022 performance on Sydney Harbor will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s. The Phantom of the Opera.
Terracini said the Cockatoo Island production, which is set to run through December 18, will be very different from the annual Handa Opera House on Sydney Harbor (HOSH).
“I think people will be really excited to see shows outdoors after COVID, but I didn’t just want to replicate HOSH,” he said. “I wanted to do it as a more grungy kind of show. This isn’t a black tie this one – you can wear your jeans and t-shirt. It’s more of a burger and fries and a beer than champagne.
Terracini said customers should expect high-energy car chases and shootouts in the reworking of Bizet’s classic tale of love and jealousy.
The Phantom of the Opera will open on March 25 and will be directed by Helpmann Prize winner Simon Phillips, perhaps best known for the theatrical adaptation of Priscilla queen of the desert and Les Noces de Muriel the musical.
Opera Australia’s announcement precedes the publication of what is expected to be a full summer and winter season for 2022 and follows a disastrous period for the company, which has seen more than a thousand nights lost due to the pandemic shutdown .