Canberra capital and operacity in Australia
Canberra är Australiens huvudstad. Den är belägen på federalt territorium, Australian Capital Territory. Staden har drygt 320 000 invånare och är Australiens åttonde största stad.
Stopera is an arts company committed to alternative and innovative forms of small-scale opera presentation. The company develops and presents chamber opera, music theatre and concert performances featuring the skills of a talented ensemble of Australian artists, that includes instrumental and vocal musicians, directors, conductors, dancers, actors, designers and multi-media artists.
Stopera’s diverse repertoire of full length and one-act operas includes eight Australian premieres, and features both well known and obscure works by a large range of composers: Monteverdi, Rameau, Handel, Galuppi, Rossini, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Weill and Berkeley (father and son).
In addition to its regular seasons at Canberra’s Street Theatre, innovative concert performances and festival events are also a feature of the company’s work. Nine specially devised programs have been commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia to complement major exhibitions, including several sold-out concerts of French music for the Monet, Rodin and Bonnard exhibitions.
Festival successes include the Australian premiere of Handel’s Ariodante, in a stunning outdoor production for the 1999 Canberra National Multicultural Festival; a tour of the 18th century Italian opera The Country Philosopher to a sell-out season at the 2003 Castlemaine State Festival; and sold-out opera galas at the 2005 and 2006 National Multicultural Festivals.
Stopera regularly attracts national and international critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Australian Financial Review, Opera~Opera, and in Opera, the London-based international review of opera. Stopera productions and artists have received nine Canberra Critics Circle Awards, including the 2005 Canberra Times Artist of the Year award for the company’s Artistic Director Vivienne Winther.
Stopera’s most recent critical and box office success was the 2005 Australian premiere production of Jane Eyre, by British composer Michael Berkeley and Australian writer David Malouf. The production received a 2005 Canberra Critics Circle Award for excellence in performance, design and staging.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Vivienne Winther began her professional career as an opera repetiteur in 1983 with Canberra Opera until moving to Hong Kong in 1985. At the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she was Chief Repetiteur for the Graduate Opera School, assisting guest conductor Carlo Felice Cillario. She was also studio accompanist and coach for the Head of Vocal Studies, Dr Margreta Elkins, and a piano lecturer in the Academy Keyboard Department. She is currently a lecturer in piano at the ANU School of Music and Artistic Director of a Canberra community arts organisation, Music For Everyone. As Artistic Director of Stopera since 1997, Vivienne has planned and produced twelve stage productions presented by Stopera and devised concert presentations and festival events for the National Gallery of Australia, the National Multicultural festival and the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival.
COMPANY MANAGER Greg Marginson has more than 20 years experience as an arts manager in Melbourne and the ACT. His previous appointments include: founding director of the Gasworks Artists Park in South Melbourne; Executive Director of Museums Australia; Director of Gorman House Arts Centre and its Festivals of the Contemporary Arts; and Manager of Public Programs at the National Gallery of Australia. In 2002 he was recognised as Fellow of the Australian Institute of Arts Management. In 2005, he was General Manager of the Castlemaine State Festival, a 10-day festival presenting over 65 performance and visual arts events.