British composer Jonathan Dove’s operatic adaptation of Jane Austen Mansfield Park, captures the heart of this timeless novel in a beautiful chamber opera set to libretto by Alasdair Middleton.
Fanny Price is the poor, overlooked niece of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, raised in the midst of privilege at Mansfield Park alongside her wealthy cousins. Quietly in love with her clueless cousin, Edmund, Fanny is neglected by nearly everyone, and often treated unkindly by her Aunt Norris. With the sudden arrival of the charismatic Henry Crawford and his charming sister, Mary, Fanny watches from the sidelines as seductions, intrigues, and indiscretions threaten the peace of the family.
Directed by Joseph Restubog, with musical direction by Keiren Brandt-Sawdy, Mansfield Park stars Sonya Holowell as Fanny Price, Samanta Lestavel as Mary Crawford, Jermaine Chau as Lady Bertram, Jessica Harper as Aunt Norris, Ian Warwick as Sir Thomas, Daniel Folesi as Henry Crawford, Spencer Darby as Mr Rushworth and Amy Balales as Julia Bertram, as well as Operantics company founders artistic director Katie Miller-Crispe as Maria Bertram and artistic adviser Tristran Entwistle as Edmund Bertram. Nathaniel Kong is piano accompanist, Emily Stuart-Jones production assistant with sumptuous costumes by Victoria Parsons.
Founded in 2015, Operantics is an independent opera company run for and by young artists dedicated to pursuing careers in opera. Combining a passion for music with a flair for storytelling, this enterprising group of singers produce fresh new productions of classic favourites and lesser known gems – at an affordable price.
Tickets: $45 adults | $35 conc | $25 students | $15 children under 12
Groups 6+ $35 | conc groups 6+ $30 Group bookings and more information: www.operantics.com.au