Hailed as the greatest tenor of our time, Jonas Kaufmann returns to Sydney in August to make his Australian operatic debut for Opera Australia, taking the challenging title role in a concert presentation of Wagner’s Parsifal in three Sydney performances. In 2014, Kaufmann performed a memorable recital series in Australia, in his inaugural tour of this country.
Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, the Opera Australia Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus and a cast of stellar soloists will take to the stage of the Concert Hall to realise the power and majesty of Wagner’s music to tell the tale drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights, whose fate rests on the shoulders of a pure fool, Parsifal.
Singing the role of Kundry is American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and Korean bass Kwangchul Youn, along with some of Australia’s finest singers, some of whom recently starred in the Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle – Michael Honeyman, Warwick Fyfe, Graeme Macfarlane, Jane Ede, Julie Lea Goodwin, Dominica Matthews, Stacey Alleaume, Anna Dowsley, Eva Kong, Anna Yun, Adrian Tamburini, Dean Bassett, David Parkin and Simon Kim.
Kaufmann describes the opera as a “transcendent journey led by the music. Wagner takes your hand and leads you into this mysterious world, and you stay there for hours but you don’t realise the time has gone by. Lean back, give in to the music, and something extraordinary can happen,” says Kaufmann.
Tickets from $145 (fees may apply) Group and concession prices available for most performances.
Tickets: Opera Australia Box Office (02) 9318 8200 www.opera.org.au