One of the world’s most well-loved operas will be performed in Penola as a fitting celebration for the 25th year of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.
The popular Festival will be held over four days in May from 19-22, and will include nearly eighty events in over forty venues.
The production of ‘The Mikado’ promises to be one of the Festival’s must-see events, with SA’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society teaming up with Co-Opera to present the production.
A satire of British society – in particular government, the monarchy and social class in general – it was written when everything Japanese was in vogue, thus is clothed in the exotic trappings of Japanese culture. It may look like Japan, but it was Britain heavily disguised, and with its modernist touches, strikes a chord with contemporary society.
Organiser Peter Muller said ‘The Mikado’ is a well – known and loved Opera the world over.
“ We are fortunate to have Co-Opera present ‘The Mikado’ as part of the Festival this year – it’s a popular choice,” he said.
“The Co-Opera cast and crew love coming to this district, and it is the one region that they have visited continuously for more than twenty years, which is an excellent reflection on our audiences and community,” said Mr Muller.
“It will be a fitting celebration for our 25th Festival year,” he said.
The evening marks the Opening Night of the Festival, with the prestigious John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize announcement being held at the Penola High School beforehand.
With Cabaret style seating set in Penola’s Rymill Hall, guests are invited to BYO drinks and nibbles, and if they feel inclined are welcome to dress up in Black Tie, and all, to make it a night to remember.
Tickets are now available online at www.artsfestival.com.au or through the Penola Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8737 2855.
A jam packed Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival program will be released in a matter of weeks.
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Katie Moorhouse 0419 821 689.