Reception for the Opera Queensland production of 'Don Giovanni'
The 25th Governor-General of Australia, and the 24th Governor of Queensland, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO; the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides; Opera Queensland representatives; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.
Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you all to Government House this afternoon to celebrate Opera Queensland’s much-anticipated forthcoming production of Don Giovanni.
Opera Queensland grows in strength, artistry and sophistication with each season and, as Patron of this wonderful company, I look forward to every production immensely.
I would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of those long-term donors and supporters who join us at Fernberg today.
It is in large part because of your passion and generosity for the cultural life of this State that Opera Queensland – Opera Q as it is now widely known – can continue hitting the high notes both on and off the stage.
Now recognised as one of the greatest of operas, Mozart’s Don Giovanni was, apparently, not fully understood by audiences in his lifetime.
But I have a feeling that his interpretation of Don Juan’s story will resonate strongly with our audiences of 2018.
Much has been written about the description of Don Juan’s status an anti-hero or ‘free-spirit’.
But just as many argue that his morally ambiguous behaviour makes him one of opera’s greatest and most fascinating villains.
However divided opinions might be, I anticipate this production will ignite many intense audience conversations during intervals at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre.
Of course, we look forward to seeing what Duncan Rock’s own interpretation of this complicated creation might be.
Duncan, we warmly welcome you back to Australia and look forward to enjoying your first performance in a principal role on home soil.
Likewise, the talents of some of Queensland’s best singing actors are ready to honour Mozart’s unforgettable score with their performances.
We wish you the very best for the season ahead.
As with all Opera Queensland productions, I am confident Don Giovanni will be another bold creation in an already extraordinary repertoire.
To Lindy Hume and her creative team, I hope your final preparations run far smoother than Don Giovanni’s romantic life.
Once again, Kaye and I welcome you all here today and encourage you to relax and enjoy the hospitality of your Government House.