I Puritani

by Vincenzo Bellini


Melbourne Opera is proud to present the leading Australian operatic conductor and bel canto specialist Richard Divall leading an exciting new production of Bellini’s magnificent romantic masterpeice I Puritani. The distinguished international cast is led by Joanna Cole in the highly demanding role of Elvira, a tour-de-force of bel canto singing which remains one of the pinnacles of the soprano repertoire. Joining Joanna Cole is the rising star of Australian tenors Roy Best, with international bass Steven Gallop returning from Germany to sing the superb bass role of Giorgio. Phillip Calcagno, James Egglestone, George Kozlowski and Felicity Baldock round out the hand-picked cast for this exciting operatic event.


I Puritani is regarded as Bellini’s masterpiece, and was last performed in Melbourne by the Victoria State Opera in 1986


Melbourne Opera’s new production is mounted in honour of its Patrons Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE and Maestro Richard Bonynge AO CBE, true keepers of the bel canto flame.


Directed by Hugh Halliday. Conducted by Richard Divall.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles


"Melbourne Opera maintained an audience for traditional, well-sung and economically presented opera. Its I Puritani of Bellini with Joanna Cole singing Elvira was, in its compact intelligence, one of the stand-out musical events of the year." - John Slavin, The Age 22/12/2008


Reviews and Synopsis


Sir Bruno Robertson








Lord Walton





 James Egglestone


Phillip Calcagno


Joanna Cole


Steven Gallop


Jerzy Kozlowski


Roy Best


Felicity Baldock


Giuliana D'Appio

Josephine Giles

Cheryl Darvidis

Melodee Faulkner

Jodie Jay

Helen Koehne

Myra Lowe

Sue Robertson

Kelly Williams

Sue Halls

Marree Macmillan

Anjelka Obradovic

Kylie Payman

Kylie Payman

Emmy Thompson

Norma Tovey

Wendy Trent

Craig Debono

Paul Dernelley

Te Ua Houkamau

Michael Lancuba

Tony Rainer

Matthew Toogood

Richard Wilson

David Woodberry

Nick Barker-Pendree

Michael Carr

Mark Henderson

Dick Dowling

Robert van Keulen

Bernard Nolan