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.
Working With Jane is an entertaining portrait of Jane Campion and her special qualities as a film director. It is also a poignant recording of the truly unique process that created her latest film Bright Star.
Monteverdi's exquisitely melancholy vocal music is transported from its 16th century roots into a 21st century dramatised environment. Passions run high as six couples break up and go over the painful details of their complex relationships in a restaurant. The music, in turn serene and brutal, combines with this drama in a heady yet satisfying mix.
This world renowned director of stage and screen, set and costume design is a modern-day Renaissance Man. Zeffirelli muses about the highs of his career, and life in general. He speaks about making Jesus of Nazareth, and his Shakespearian experiences such as The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet. The program also looks at some of his numerous stage and screen adaptations of famous operas such as Tosca, Traviata, Carmen, Aida and Cavalleria Rusticana.
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Scarlett is putting on a puppet show and you're invited. Scarlett works with a professional puppeteer to learn how to make a sock puppet. Scarlett creates a fairy puppet and puts on a fairy dust puppet show.
Justine and guest dancer Bec Morris are backstage rehearsing for today's Dance of the Wind Show. Dash is doing his very best to design and create an extravagant costume. But it's nothing short of a big little disaster.
Justine Clarke is sick and can't reach the high notes for today's show. But her no-nonsense vocal coach Eva Kong has some tips that just might get her out of trouble, unless Dash turns things around with his own surprise. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Justine has invited some young singers to join her for today's rainbow spectacular show! But Dash's rainbow painting has bombed - it's all just a big brown mess. But the biggest rainbow surprise is yet to arrive.
Building a set in time for the country music boot scooting show is going to be a huge challenge for Justine Clarke, especially because set builder Denise Scott loves an old-fashioned country yarn. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
When special guest percussionist Bree Van Reyk's musical instruments don't arrive in time for the show, Justine, Dash and Bree all have to put their heads together to come up with a new way to create some amazing new sounds.
There's to be a classical quartet performance with eccentric conductor George Ellis. However, there are blowflies in the theatre and George can't stand blowflies. Justine and Dash now have a very big, buzzy challenge on their hands.
Five Australian playwrights talk candidly with Dr Tess Brady about their best known plays. In this episode, Andrew Bovell discusses recurring patterns of family and global histories in When the Rain Stops Falling.
It's five minutes until show time and Justine Clarke has a major problem - she doesn't have a song to sing! Luckily, snack bar attendant Shari Sabeans has some ideas, and it's all to do with making lemonade. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
The theatre's box office attendant Rhys Nicholson and Dash are terribly worried. They haven't sold a single ticket for the show. But does a show really need a big audience to go on? Dash is in for a treat he'll never forget.
Justine Clarke is trying to put together a special dance routine for today's funky disco dance show when she's interrupted by the super loud super-clean cleaner, David Collins. But it might be just what Justine needs! Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Justine Clarke is getting ready for her glam rock show when Dash arrives with a guitar case that has no electric guitar inside. With help from wardrobe consultant Tim Rogers, can Justine find a new way to rock in time for the show? Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
When Justine Clarke accidentally stomps on the foot of ballroom dancer partner Paul Mecurio and Dash chews her fancy dancing shoes the ballroom dancing spectacular show suddenly turns very wobbly. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Justine and Dash are getting ready for their jazz show, but props master Ben Woods has had a giant clean out and there are no props left! By learning how to improvise, can they imagine their way out of trouble in time?
It's the theatre's big birthday bash but it's raining and the theatre is leaking. The guest sax player Melissa Mony can't stop playing the blues and it's making everybody sad. Can Justine Clarke get the party started in time? Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Dash is writing his first ever stage play for today's show. But two of the cast haven't turned up. Can actor Sheridan Harbridge play every role? Justine has a musical idea that might turn Dash's theatre dream around!
Justine Clarke is preparing a special gift for Dash and desperately needs help with the finishing touches before the show starts. With help from their audio engineer-come-rapper Hau Latukefu the show takes a surprising twist. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Following the New York City ballet's performance of Jerome Robbins' 1958 'ballet in sneakers', this short documentary charts the progression of the latest production and looks back at how the original performances wowed audiences around the world.
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. Its fairy tale surface however, conceals a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This acclaimed production by artist William Kentridge bursts onto the stage of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Sisters of Gelam is a musical theatre performance by pioneering Melbourne-based Indigenous Theatre Company, Ibijerri. Combining cabaret, puppetry, dance and spoken word, Sisters of Gelam is a deeply personal, autobiographical and poetic journey into the heart of a prominent Australian clan widely known in Indigenous arts circles - the Maza family.
Sydney Dance Company (SDC) presented the world premiere of Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela's 2 One Another at Sydney Theatre in March 2012 and now it comes to ABC2 LIVE for all to enjoy. 2 One Another explores and celebrates relationships, interactions and the beauty of the human form.
Star tenor Rolando Villazon goes on the trail of the story behind what is, arguably, the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni by Mozart. Rolando returns to the theatre in Prague where the premiere was performed and attempts to put together a recreation of the first night, where the composer, audience and cast unite for a unique historical event. Villazon talks about how his own love of opera was formed and examines how it was performed and received by audiences in the eighteenth century. The resulting film will provide a rich insight into every aspect of the performance, from the musicians and singers to the outfits worn by the audience and the price and business of selling tickets.
Buster Moon is a dapper koala who presides over a once grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist - okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel - who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.
Baz Luhrmann directs Puccini's heart-rending love story of high-spirited young group of bohemians who are strapped for cash but draw strength from each other, and the poet Rodolfo's deep love for the young seamstress, Mimi. Featuring Cheryl Barker, David Hobson, Christine Douglas and Roger Lemke. Julian Smith conducts The Australian Opera Chorus, The Australian Opera Children's Chorus and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
As Chester Kent dives head first into producing musical shorts for the cinema, he must contend with his greedy ex-wife Cynthia, predatory gold-digger Vivian Rich, faithful girl Friday who loves him from afar Nan Prescott, would-be star Scotty Blair, who's living off an older benefactress, his assistant Francis, who constantly moans "it will never work" and secretary Bea Thorn who finally takes off her glasses and becomes a star.
Matthew Bourne has been setting theatres around the world alight with his adaptations of some of the world's best known and loved ballets and operas. This program highlights nine of Bourne's landmark productions.
French-Canadian theatre, film and multimedia actor and director Robert Lepage talks about his unorthodox approach to stage directing and the cross-fertilisation between theatre, film, the internet and other alternatives.
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