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Melbourne Opera's superb new production of Wagner's rarely performed masterpiece Tannhauser, with a company of over 130 singers and musicians, will open the magnificent Regent Theatre to the thrilling world of grand opera for the first time.
With leading international star tenor Marius Vlad in the demanding title role, Melbourne Opera has assembled a top cast of international and local singers to perform this monumental work. HeraldSun aria winners Lee Abrahmsen and Jason Wasley appear as Elizabeth and Walther respectively with Sarah Sweeting and Manfred Pohlenz appearing in the pivotal roles of Venus and Wolfram. The superb cast, 60 voices of the Melbourne Opera Chorus and 65 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra under the direction of leading Wagnerian Dr David Kram will bring all the majesty of Wagner's magnificent arias and ensembles to life. The new production is directed by Suzanne Chaundy, acclaimed for her recent successes with Il Seraglio, Mary Stuart and Der Freischutz.
Tannhauser, not seen in Melbourne since 1992, tells the story of one man's struggle with the conflicting emotions of sensual and pure love, of flesh and spirit. The opera features some of Wagner's most well known music including the Overture, Ode to the Evening Star, Pilgrims Chorus and Elizabeth's Greeting and Prayer. The opera will be performed in German with English subtitles.