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How to own a piece of musical history

If there’s been one constant through the history of music, it’s that there’s one genre that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

Opera is the music people turn to when they want an escape, need to hear a story, or want to feel a sentiment they didn’t know existed. A lot of its magic and majesty has been kept under lock-and-key by the singers and performers themselves, who emulate the emotions and storyline of the librettos as they were written back in the 1800s, further conveyed through their epic, totally impractical and stunningly beautiful costumery.

That spectacle alone is worth keeping, if not only in your mind, but now in your home or a gallery, which Opera Australia is making possible by selling off some of the company’s most renowned and beloved pieces, worn in some of the most stunning performances to-date.

Opera Australia costume exhibition auction

In an exhibition from Saturday 24 – Thursday 29 June 2017 at The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney, Opera Australia will have the below pieces on display for later auction to a lucky buyer:

·         Costumes from Baz Luhrmann’s famous 1990 production of La Bohème

·         Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC’s costume for the role as ‘Violetta’ in the 1978 production of La Traviata

·         Yvonne Kenny AM’s costume for the roles of ‘Sylva Varescu’ in the 2001 production of The Gypsy Princess, ‘Hanna’ in the 2004 production of The Merry Widow and ‘Armida’ in the 1999 production of Rinaldo

·         Sigrid Thornton’s costume for the role of ‘Desirée’ in 2009 production of A Little Night Music.

·         Dame Heather Begg DNZM OBE’s costume for the role of ‘The Countess Di Coigny’ in the 2001 production of Andrea Chénier 

·         Cheryl Barker AO’s costume for the role of ‘Lauretta’ in 2007 production of Gianni Schicchi

The exhibition is free. The auction is a different story and will be taking place on Friday 30 June – Saturday 1 July 2017 at The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney.

It’s worth a visit.

Listen to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing ‘Come In Quest’ora Bruna’ from Simon Boccanegra.


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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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