FOR a company that was established in 1956, Opera Australia has grown a lot in a short amount of time.

So much so, it is now regarded equal to the older and great opera companies of Europe and North America.

[showads ad=MREC] To celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, Opera Australia will present Sydney Opera House: The Opera (The Eighth Wonder) outside on the Opera House forecourt with Utzon’s renowned white sails as the background. A tribute to one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the historic production will have international appeal.

As part of Sydney Festival, Opera in the Domain will return once again in January as will Melbourne’s Opera in the Bowl.

The latest instalment in the world-famous Opera on the Harbour series will also return to the foreshores of Sydney’s Farm Cove with the Chinese-inspired adaptation of Puccini’s Turandot — the opera famous for its signature aria Nessun Dorma.

Meanwhile, Opera Australia’s largest and most ambitious production, The Melbourne Ring Cycle, will run for a limited season at the Arts Centre Melbourne in November and December 2016. Directed by Holding The Man’s Neil Armfield, the production is a tribute to some of the greatest Wagnerian singers alive today.

Also in the 2016 season for both Sydney and Melbourne are The Pearlfishers, the chance to hear the great Lianna Haroutounian sing the role of Mimì in Gale Edwards’ production of La Bohème, and a co-production with Lausanne Opera of Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Meanwhile, Opera Australia’s Regional Tours company will travel thousands of kilometres to present The Marriage of Figaro throughout Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and NSW.

Details and bookings: opera.org.au

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