State Opera South Australia announces 2022 Opera on the Beach


State Opera South Australia has announced a new one-night-only production of Puccini Bohemian to be performed at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide on March 26, 2022. The new event follows the success of the 2019 outdoor production Carmen in the square.

Opera on the beach

Soprano Desiree Frahn on Glenelg Beach. Photo provided.

The new production will be directed by the artistic director of State Opera South Australia and Spotlight Stuart Maunder, nominated for Artist of the Year 2021, and will present costumes and sets by Simone Romaniuk.

Bohemian has everything you could ask for in an opera house. High-tension romance and the kind of young love storytelling was designed for; some of the greatest music ever composed – all romantic lines and delicious melodies, and a teary ending that will have you reaching your Kleenex. It all ended in a tight two hours, ”said Maunder. “Pair that with an Instagram-worthy setting and the end of a summer in Adelaide, and you will have an unforgettable experience.”

The new production will feature an all-Australian cast of singers. Soprano Cathy-Di Zhang and tenor Rosario La Spina play hapless lovers Mimì and Rudolfo, with soprano Desiree Frahn as fiery singer Musetta and baritone Samuel Dundas as her lover Marcello. They are joined by the State Opera Ensemble and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by young Australian conductor and composer Simon Bruckard.

Opera on the beach

Desiree Frahn on Glenelg Beach. Photo provided

“Glenelg is a great tourist destination, but it is fast becoming a destination for the arts industry – and we welcome them with open arms,” said City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson. “We have already had several successful concerts and major beach festivals, and now hosting the State Opera on our shores is a major blow.”

The announcement comes after a few difficult months for the company. Like many Australian organizations, State Opera South Australia has faced cancellations due to border closures due to COVID restrictions, with the highly anticipated semi-prepped production of Richard Meale Voss and a new production by Britten The turn of the screw to be postponed to 2022. The popular production of Lindy Hume by Rossini The Barber of Seville opens at Her Majesty’s Theater in Adelaide on November 11.


More information and tickets for State Opera of South Australia’s Bohemian on the beach can be found here.

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