BEAUTY AND DRAMA: Opera singer Eva Kong performs in A Flowering Tree
BEAUTY AND DRAMA: Opera singer Eva Kong performs in A Flowering Tree Gail Forrer

Opera Queensland branches out with A Flowering Tree

OPERA Queensland drapes the simplicity of an Indian folktale with the shimmering silk of a modern opera to create a production of magical proportions.

Queensland's first 2019 opera, A Flowering Tree, presented by Opera Queensland's Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan, takes you by the heart and with a delicate hand guides you through rich metaphors referencing climate change, sustainability and ecology culminating in vast alchemical compounds of great love, both lost and found. Through extraordinary voice and images, the gaze is beamed on the female's historical vulnerability and primal bravery.

These themes and metaphors are energised through the tale of two sisters who, from a poor family, succeed in earning money by using an ancient water ritual to transform the youngest sister into a tree which blossoms with valuable flowers. A prince becomes infatuated with the girl's transformational powers and marries her, and within this scenario streams drench you with pools of magic, healing and deep and selfless love.

Nolan says A Flowering Tree - winner of the 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Symphony Orchestra Concert - will showcase the vast capacity of opera to enliven, inspire and entertain.


Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director and CEO of Opera Qld
Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director and CEO of Opera Qld

"A Flowering Tree is not only a beautiful opera, it is a relevant and relatable story for our times. Audiences will be swept away by the imagery, the romance and the magic of this contemporary retelling of a timeless Indian folk tale," he says.

It is more than 10 years since Nolan drew an enthusiastic audience into A Flowering Tree at the West Australian Opera. This time around, Nolan immerses you into the creative spirit of the show utilising a 12m-high video screen as the central design element, curated by Bundaberg-born video designer Mic Gruchy to create a visual world that evokes the mystery and wonder of the story combined with live images of the singers and orchestra.

A Flowering Tree is the first of three main stage operas at QPAC including Orpheus, Eurydice and Tosca produced under Nolan's artistic leadership. Surrounding these productions is a collection of recitals, performances and workshops creating opportunities to experience or direct participation.



Tuesday 2 & Thursday 4 April, 7pm

Saturday 6 April, 2pm

Concert Hall QPAC

Tickets from $69 to $109


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