In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe. What grander setting could there be for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself?
Much, much more than a musical. The adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel, accounting the life of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage.
A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
A heart-warming musical classic about Mary Poppins, a magic super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella to cheer up the kids in an unhappy family, puts things right with her extraordinary powers, and flies away again. With the stirring opening strains of its Oscar-winning score and our first glimpse of London from high above the clouds, this timeless family classic begins to works its magic.
In 1964 fourteen children were interviewed for the documentary, 7 Up. All of these children were seven years old and from completely different backgrounds. The basic premise was to examine the Jesuit theory, "Give me a child until he is 7, and I will show you the man." Is a person's fate sealed at birth? Every seven years after that acclaimed director Michael Apted returned to those children to chart their progress through life. In so doing, Apted has created the longest running real-life documentary ever made.
This Oscar-winning musical stars Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as sailors enjoying an eventful shore-leave and includes a dance for Kelly with Jerry the cartoon mouse.
A high society lawyer in a passionless marriage is enchanted by a ravishing woman with a scent of sexual scandal in 1870s New York.
This Opera Australia (OA) co-production with Opera de Montreal sees two of its most distinctive voices performing the famous duet. Emma Matthews brings her crystalline coloratura to the role of Lakme, while Dominica Matthews is the darker-voiced Mallika.
Stanley Donen directs this lavish tribute to Broadway composer Sigmund Romberg (Jose Ferrer). Features Gene Kelly dancing with his brother Fred for the only time on screen.
An adaptation of The Wizard of Oz that captures the essence of the African American experience.
This endearing story evolves into a profound and moving study of personality, class and culture. As Stevens becomes engrossed in orchestrating his employer's grand banquets, receptions and conferences - which turn out to involve a pact with the Nazis, he realises his unquestioning faith has cost him dearly, both in love and in his neglect of his ailing father.
It is 1912 when Pollyanna Whittier arrives in the town of Harrington where, since being orphaned by the death of her missionary father and mother, she is to live with her aunt, Polly Harrington, the social and economic arbiter of the community. Met at the train station by aunt Polly's first maid, Nancy Furman, the 12-year-old girl's arrival is duly noted by the local gossip, Amelia Tarbell and her husband, Ben, and by 10-year-old, Jimmy Bean, who lives at the orphanage. Arriving on the same train with Pollyanna is Dr Edmond Chilton, successful Baltimore surgeon and one-time fiance of Polly Harrington, who is returning home for the first time in five years.
An English widow accepts a job as a live-in Governess for the King of Siam. There she finds the customs very different which brings her into regular conflict with the King.
Mary Haines, Crystal Allen and Sylvia Fowler battleground is the beauty parlour and fashion-show runway. The engagement begins when Mary's husband takes up with shop girl Crystal, and scandalmonger Sylvia gives Mary advice that quickly results in divorce - but that is only the opening salvo in this cracklingly sharp, classic comedy.
This fantastic production of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, celebrates 275 years of Russian ballet. The Mariinsky, under the direction of the legendary Valery Gergiev, has some of the world's greatest dancers and plays to sell-out audiences wherever it performs.
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
The second of the Miyazaki anime films, this tells the story of Sheeta, an orphan and a descendant of the people who once lived in Laputa. She is taken by the secret service, her only connection with the past a stone inscribed with a strange emblem. Pirates attack the secret service's airship and in the commotion Sheeta falls. The the stone lights up and slows her descent and she floats down into the arms of Pazu, an orphan boy. He too has an interest in Laputa and so they set off together to find the legendary floating city. In English. From Studio Ghibli.