29 March – 2 April 2022
QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank
Opera Queensland’s first mainstage production of 2022, the world premiere of The Sopranos, celebrates opera’s bold and rebellious women and examines the representation and contribution of women throughout the history of the art form.
In this rich and exciting terrain, women dare to be different, love more intensely than is considered proper, refuse to play the roles they were supposedly born to play – and often face shockingly violent ends. Yet even as they meet madness or murder, sopranos command the stage with voices so virtuosic and emotionally powerful that audiences are enthralled, century after century.
A new work, written by Australian poet and author Sarah Holland-Batt in collaboration with dramaturg Jane Sheldon, The Sopranos is conceived and brought to life by a powerhouse team of artists and creatives, with women at the heart of the production team. The repertoire has also been chosen from across the history of opera, from Monteverdi right through to contemporary 21st Century Australian work written by women.
Traversing the form of opera from its beginnings in Florence to the present day, The Sopranos is co-directed by Laura Hansford and Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan, with set design by Marg Horwell, costume design by Karen Cochet and Bianca Bulley, and lighting design by Christine Felmingham. Jessica Gethin will conduct the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for this production.
More than 90 artists and arts workers are bringing The Sopranos to the stage, including sopranos Lisa Harper-Brown, Leanne Kenneally, Sarah Crane and Eva Kong, baritone José Carbó and the Opera Queensland Chorus.
Following the season at QPAC, The Sopranos will also tour regionally in May 2022, with dates and venues to be announced.