Academy Award-winning production? Tick. Hollywood actor star? Tick. Costume direction by one of Australia’s most famous designers? Tick, tick, tick.
Playing at Sydney Opera House from this December 27, Amadeus is set to be an extravagant affair, with Welsh actor and producer Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Frost/Nixon, Tron: Legacy) as the lead and Australian fashion house Romance Was Born in charge of the costume direction.
The new production will be directed by award-winning director Craig Ilott (Smoke & Mirrors, American Idiot, Betty Blokk Buster Reimagined) and will feature a whopping 40 performers, including actors, opera singers and musicians from The Metropolitan Orchestra.
The play reimagines the lives of Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a narrative fuelled by power, jealousy and revenge. It reveals Salieri’s inner torment as he grapples with Mozart’s genius and sets out to destroy the brilliant, flamboyant young star – all the while exploring the idea of who among us deserves to be a ‘genius’.
“Amadeus is a classic play that has been loved by millions over the world for its smart, relatable human story about the pursuit of fame and greatness,” says Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott.
“With its rich combination of theatre, art and music, it is set to reimagine what contemporary productions can be. I’m delighted to have Michael Sheen, one of the world’s finest actors, take on one of the greatest plays of the 20th century in this artistically ambitious staging. It will be a thrilling night in the newly transformed Concert Hall.”
The show combines theatre, opera and classical music, and will run December 27, 2022 – January 21, 2023. It’s the first event to be announced as part of the Opera House’s year-long 50th-anniversary celebrations, supported by the NSW Government
Sound incredible to you and keen to catch it? Well, fortunately for you, we’ve got a double pass to giveaway. Simply tell us below what element of the show you’re most looking forward to and why, and if you win, you’ll be on your way to seeing it on January 1 at 1pm.
This competition has now closed. Good luck1