Celebration: 40 Years of Opera Australia

Celebration: 40 Years of Opera Australia

Director: Peter Butler Cast: Joan Sutherland, Donald Smith, John Shaw

DVD (Black & White)


As the title indicates, this release pays homage to the longstanding collaborative relationship between Opera Australia and ABC Television. The program in question features two elements that are intercut throughout: vintage performance extracts (culled from four decades of productions at the Sydney Opera House, and starring such notables as Dame Joan Sutherland, Yvonne Kenny and Jeffrey Black) and extracts from a contemporary event, shot in 1996, in which 220 such individuals associated with Opera Australia take the stage in commemoration and celebration of that institution's history.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
UPC: 0032031434691
Original Release: 1996
Rating: NR
Source: Kultur Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:29:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Celebration: 40 Years of Australian Opera
1. Introduction [3:23]
2. Members of the Original Company [3:26]
3. History of the Australian Opera [4:16]
4. Dame Nellie Melba [2:15]
5. Television and the Opera [3:23]
6. The National Company's First Season [7:11]
7. The Second Season [1:45]
8. Joan Hammond and John Shaw [3:43]
9. The Third Season [1:02]
10. Ronald Dowd [3:12]
11. Works By Wagner [3:26]
12. Formation of a Permanent Company [5:49]
13. The Sutherland-Williamson Tour [5:38]
14. The Company in the Late 60's [4:29]
15. The Sydney Opera House [2:43]
16. The Richard Bonynge Years [8:48]
17. Television Studio Productions [6:00]
18. The Company of Today [5:35]
19. Australian Operas [8:57]
20. 40th Anniversary Gala [3:58]

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