2015 Season

Offenbach – The Two Blind Beggars

Offenbach’s 1855 comedy hit features two loveable rogues posing as blind beggars on a Paris Bridge. It’s a light-hearted and satirical story about couple of conmen out earn a little extra cash.

Director – Lester Morris, Conductor – Steven Stanke
Cast to be announced

Puccini – Gianni Schicchi

If you ever doubted that opera could be intentionally funny, then this opera is for you. The (very) recently deceased Buoso Donati is being grieved by his family. But we soon realize that their entire concern is over the allocation of his wealth. They are distraught to learn that he has left it to the monks in his will. Enter Gianni Schicchi, whose daughter Lauretta is in love with one of Buoso’s sons.  Can Schicchi save the day and perhaps even make a little fortune himself?

Director – Paulo Montoya, Conductor – Steven Stanke
Cast to be announced

Friday 10 July 8pm, Sunday 12 July 4pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller St, North Sydney  Get address
Tickets: $40, $36 conc, $34 (10 or more); www.theindependent.org.au or 9409 4462 Tickets available soon
Sung in English

Puccini – Tosca

Puccini’s opera Tosca is compelling and confronting, brutal and gritty, yet contains some of the most heartfelt music ever written.

Set in Rome in June 1800, with Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy,  Tosca narrows in on three characters, emotionally and politically bound in desire and betrayal.

When her lover, Cavaradossi, is captured by Rome’s secret police, Floria Tosca is forced to make a deal with police chief Scarpia. But Tosca decides that she will leave nothing to chance when it comes to saving her lover.

Tosca – Anna Louise Cole
Cavaradossi – Martin Buckingham
Scarpia– Sitiveni Talei
Conductor – Steven Stanke

Thursday 8 October 7:30pm, Saturday 10 October 7:30pm, Sunday 11 October 2:30pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller St, North Sydney  Get address
Tickets: $55, $35 conc, $20 student/child

Sung in Italian