Contemporary Opera Season

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This July, STUDIO takes you into the world of contemporary opera featuring the Australian television premieres of Alban Berg’s Lulu and french opera Billy Budd.

Julian Temple’s Eternity Man – Tuesday 3 July 9.30pm
Punk filmmaker Julian Temple turns his hand to opera with this original operatic film about graffiti artist and recovering alcoholic Arthur Stace who spent years chalking his timeless ‘Eternity’ message on the streets of Sydney.

Lulu  - Tuesday 10 July 9.30pm
Originally inspired by Frank Wedekind’s plays Pandora’s Box (1904) and Earth Spirit (1895), the Alban Berg opera Lulu courted much controversy for its graphic depictions of sex and violence. It follows the promiscuous character of the title; a young woman whose self-destructive tendencies and casualness with her own body lead her to a brutal death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House lends symphonic accompaniment, alongside a minimalist set and stunning costumes.

Billy Budd – Tuesday 17 July 9.30pm
Herman Melville’s 1924 novella Billy Budd is brought to life in this captivating 2010 opera. This live performance scrupulously recreates the claustrophobic environment aboard HMS Indomitable, with some of the opera world’s brightest stars.

George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – Tuesday 24 July 9.30pm
Trevor Nunn’s highly acclaimed staging at Glyndebourne of Gershwin’s famous opera, is considered by the Gershwin family to be the best production ever made.

Jerry Springer The Opera – Tuesday 31 July 9.30pm
The multi-award-winning, hit musical filmed live in London’s West End. This theatrical spectacle made theatre history by receiving an unprecedented four awards for Best Musical.