National Opera is a new opera company based in Canberra and led by the famous Australian baritone, Peter Colement-Wright AO. It is set to premiere its upcoming 2021 season with La Clemenza di Tito, with a début on April 10.
La Clemenza di Tito, with an all-Australian cast, is the company’s first production in the post-COVID landscape. The cast includes Queensland-based Bradley Daley as Tito, Australian expats Helena Dix as Vitellia and Catherine Carby, trained at the ANU School of Music, as Sesto, Canberra born-and-bred Eleanor Greenwood as Annio, young Sydney-sider Mikayla Tate as Servilia and Queensland’s Andrew Collis as Publio.
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will accompany, conducted by Dane Lam – one of Australia’s youngest and most vibrant conductors.
With a vision to develop the National Opera into a hub of Australia’s creative talent, Mr Coleman-Wright is delighted to announce this opening production.
“We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing company to enable both seasoned Australian singers and those at the beginning of their career to feel included. I see our role as one of stewardship, developing the next generation of talent through the support of Australia’s best.” Mr Coleman-Wright said.
La Clemenza di Tito will be followed by the premiere of La Rondine in October 2021. Once more accompanied by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and directed by Gale Edwards AM, the production will feature a host of local talent, including Canberra’s own Lorina Gore as Magda, Henry Choo as Ruggero, Adrian Tamburini as Rambaldo and young, up-and-coming talent in Georgia Wilkinson as Lisette and Daniel Todd as Prunier.
These two productions showcase the National Opera’s ongoing mission to foster a national and local community of opera professionals and enthusiasts, helping to support local Australian artists develop and perform their craft in a supportive and collaborative environment.
In championing this vision, Mr Coleman-Wright recalled the wonderful public statement by Claudio Alcorso, the first Chairman of Australian Opera (now Opera Australia), in 1973, where he emphasised the setting up of Australian Opera as “an ‘ensemble’ company, in the sense of being a body of individuals of diverse talents who constitute an organic unity. The singers are the core of the ensemble, but linked with them are musicians, designers, choreographers, producers, stage managers and administrators. We believe that the bringing together of these talents into the ensemble gives the company a distinctive artistic quality.”
Mr Coleman-Wright added: “This is the premise on which we are growing and building National Opera.”
National Opera, a Canberra-based arts organisation and registered charity, provides opportunities for artists to develop and perform their craft in a supportive environment of professionalism, collaboration and inclusion. Through our vision we are fostering a national and local community of opera enthusiasts and building a sustainable organisation to support the opera artists of the future. Visit our website to learn more or support our work – www.nationalopera.org.au