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.




















James Ash

Matt Biscombe

Ariel Chou

Myfanwy Coghill

Ian Cook

Ken Courtis

Maddie Crombie

Robin Czuchnowski

Timothy Daly

Elisabeth Denk

Paul Dernelley

Annette Dick

Andrew Dickinson

Michael Dimovski

Dick Dowling

Finn Gilheany

Esther Gresswell

Alicia Groves

Sue Halls

Peter Hanway

Kathy Hatton

Mark Henderson

Angela Hennel

Catherine Hoffman

Piri Jakab

Sherryn Kew

Geoff King

Rebecca Kmit

Marius Vlad,

Jason Wasley

Sarah Sweeting

Manfred Pohlenz

Eddie Muliaumaseali'i


Jason Wasley

Jacob Caine

Michael Lampard

Geoffey Harris

Roger Howell


Harry Hendel,

Isaac Pearson

Sophie Cowall,

Audrey Ryan

Della Gondwana,

Anjali Moorthy,

Riley Flood

Jade Leigh

Helen Ling

Terence MacManus

Maree Macmillan

Bianca Majchrzak

Aurélie Marqué

Steve Marsh

Alison McIntosh

Kate Millett

Trevor Mills

Robert Moroni

Bernie Nolan

Rosemary O’Brien

Debra O'Connor

Alexandra Oke

John Overberg

David Preston

Susan Robertson

Roland Seidl

Cameron Sibly

James Sybren Penn

Norma Tovey

Erin Towns

Te Ua Houkamau

Robert Van Keulen

Lynda Watkins

Nicholas Webb