Four performances celebrating everything we love about opera will run over three days next year.
Opera Australia has announced four new Uluru opera performances for 2021. The events had been scheduled for this year but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as travel begins to open up, Opera Australia has said it will run a weekend of performances in the desert around Uluru. The performances will use Bruce Munro’s light installation, Field of Light, as a backdrop.
A return to Uluru for Opera Australia
Opera Australia first took shows to Uluru last year with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. The show celebrated opera’s greatest arias. It included pieces from Faust, Carmen and The Barber of Seville, and concluded with Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, from Turandot.
This year’s expanded program will have four concerts across one weekend. Guests will be able to pick and choose the shows they’d like to see.
On Friday night, an open-air dinner of native ingredients will accompany a performance of arias from the final act of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
The next morning, a performance at sunrise will feature a selection of Brahms’ most powerful love songs, the Liebeslieder Waltzes.
On Sunday morning, celebrated soprano and cellist Taryn Fiebig will perform a selection of solo cello pieces. Only 90 guests will get to go to each of these morning performances.
The centrepiece of the weekend though is the Gala Concert on Saturday night. This will include many of opera’s greats: Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and more, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
The Uluru Opera Gala will run from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September 2021. Tickets are on sale now at the Ayers Rock Resort website.