In view of ensuring the safety of Victorian Opera’s community of audiences, artists and staff amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company has made several decisions regarding its August 2020 performances.
The Who’s Tommy at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, scheduled from 14 August has been postponed until August 2021, with dates to be announced later this year. “We are committed to presenting this Tony Award-winning rock musical and can’t wait to stage its Australian premiere in 2021,” said Artistic Director Richard Mills.
Under the direction of acclaimed director Roger Hodgman, Tommy was to feature a stellar cast including Chris Ryan, Amy Lehpamer, Paul Capsis, Kanen Breen, Vincent Hooper and Mat Verevis, in a role approved by The Who’s Pete Townshend himself as Tommy. The electrifying and timeless score features smash hits such as Pinball Wizard, I’m Free and Acid Queen.
Victorian Opera has also announced that the one-night-only concert of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 21 August has been cancelled due to continued travel restrictions, mandatory quarantine periods and the Department of Immigration advising there will be no international travel visa applications accepted at this time.
“We are saddened that will be unable to present this concert of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, which many had identified as one of the state’s performance highlights for 2020.” said Mills.
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Ticketholders and subscribers have a range of options, including requesting a refund, donating the price of the tickets to Victorian Opera or transferring tickets for The Who’s Tommy to 2021 performance dates. For more information, visit: www.victorianopera.com.au for details.
Image: Tommy – courtesy of Victorian Opera