Opera Australia to auction dazzling costumes

Opera Australia

Opera Australia will open its doors to the public this Saturday 24 June to reveal a selection of more than 1,500 costumes, accessories, artworks and memorabilia created during its 60 year history.

Recognized as a collection of national significance, the week-long exhibition will culminate in an auction where the public can bid for an exclusive piece of Australia’s operatic history.

Opera Australia’s wardrobe staff have spent months sorting through 10,000 meticulously hand-crafted costumes and have found thousands of treasures that deserve to take pride of place in galleries, homes and collections rather than locked away in storage crates.

Significant items include:

  • Costumes from Baz Luhrmann’s famous 1990 production of La Bohème
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC’s costume for the role as ‘Violetta’ in the 1978 production of La Traviata
  • Yvonne Kenny AM’s costumes for the 2001 production of The Gypsy Princess, the 2004 production of The Merry Widow and the 1999 production of Rinaldo
  • Sigrid Thornton’s costume for the role of Desirée in 2009 production of A Little Night Music.
  • Dame Heather Begg DNZM OBE’s costume for the role of ‘The Countess Di Coigny’ in the 2001 production of Andrea Chénier
  • Cheryl Barker AO’s costume for the role of ‘Lauretta’ in 2007 production of Gianni Schicchi

Key Dates

Saturday 24 – Thursday 29 June 2017
11am – 6pm
The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney

Friday 30 June, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 1 July, 9am – 6pm
The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney
Auction Catalogue


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