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2011 Corporate Media Release - Open House Project

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Media Release
16 December, 2011  

Sydney Opera House and Glasshouse Port Macquarie
Announce First Round of Shows


A mouseling, opera’s preeminent dramatic soprano, a renowned children’s theatre company from Denmark and a festival celebrating Indigenous work from Australia and around the world, are all making their way to Port Macquarie in 2012 as part of The Open House Project.

The Open House Project is a new three-year partnership set to deliver up to 20 Sydney Opera House programs and performances from the stages of Sydney Opera House direct to the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie.

The first wave of acts celebrate the diversity of the program from kids’ shows to classical music, from Shakespeare to film – here are just some of the shows that the Mid-North Coast region can look forward to as part of the 2012 line up.

• The program kicks off in early January 2012 with the much-loved children’s character Angelina Ballerina in Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

• Celebrity Autobiography is the international smash-hit comedy where the unintentionally hilarious real-life stories of the A-list are presented verbatim, live on stage by a rotating, ensemble cast of local stars. The cast will feature Mikey Robins, James O’Loghlin, Fiona O’Loughlin and Jeremy Sims.

• For over a decade the Message Sticks Festival has been showcasing award-winning Indigenous work. This free event will give Glasshouse audiences access to rich stories created by Indigenous people from Australia and around the world.

• Using the latest technology to deliver images and sound, Bell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be streamed live exclusively to the Glasshouse from the stage of Sydney Opera House for school students only.

• Leading American dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt, who is internationally regarded for her performances in the operas of Wagner and Strauss, has a secret that she wants to share with Port Macquarie – she loves to sing show tunes. Deborah will perform a selection of American songs by greats such as Sondheim, Hammerstein and Porter in Deborah Voigt, An American Songbook.

• More Fun than a Wii is by award winning children’s theatre company, List Operators, who are set to bring their latest show to Port Macquarie in July. Their comedy style is silly, playful, naughty, fun and promises to have all ages in stitches.

• Three friends, three brilliant musicians, come together to play music dear to their heart in Satu & Friends, A Musical Soiree. ACO star Satu Vänskä has chosen three works which encapsulate the glorious range of expression which are achievable in an intimate setting. She will be performing trios with cellist Timo-Veikko Valve and pianist Benjamin Martin.

• Paul Lewis, A Schubert Odyssey - English classical pianist superstar, Paul Lewis will leave the international touring circuit to come to the Glasshouse to share a selection of pieces by Franz Schubert in this three-year quest to discover the intricacies of this composer’s oeuvre.

• Denmark’s Teatre Refleksion will present their latest show Boxy George at the Glasshouse in October. The show features the combination of puppets and animation creating a space in which children and adults can immerse themselves (for school students only).

The partnership is the first of its kind in Australia and has three principal strands – cultural engagement, education and tourism development.

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For further information contact:
Hannah Le Coic / Sydney Opera House / 02 9250 7411 / 0434 148 504 / hlecoic@sydneyoperahouse.com
Elizabeth Brennan/ Glasshouse / 02 6581 8521 / 0411 842 296 / elizabeth@glasshouse.org.au

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