The Opera Is Heading To Plant 4 in Bowden

The new venue will offer audiences a completely new opera experience.


Adelaide opera fans are about to get the opportunity to experience a first for the state. For State Opera’s upcoming performance, they’re not only moving to a new venue, but adding a whole new experience complete with food and wine.

Plant 4 in Bowden will host State Opera’s dramatic retelling of Dido & Aeneas from October 2-7.

For the performance, audience members will be seated at tables inside the former electrical factory, with a central stage. They will be able to watch the opera unfold around them while enjoying South Australian food and wine.

State Opera Artistic Director Stuart Maunder said the immersive production “will be unlike anything Adelaide’s opera-going audiences have seen before”.

One of the first English language operas ever written, Dido & Aeneas tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and her fateful love for Trojan war hero Aeneas.

Director Nicholas Cannon said the State Opera production would provide a contemporary interpretation of this classic romance.

“It will be set in a war-torn future world brought to the brink by the consuming love affair between and queen and a hero with no country to call home,” he said.

Conducted by Luke Dollman, the cast includes South Australian soprano Bethany Hill as Dido, Victorian baritone Raphael Wong as Aeneas and soprano Kate Macfarlane as Belinda. Renowned mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Campbell appears as The Sorceress.

The opera is on October 2, 4 and 7, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets start at $45. Click here for more.

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