August 31, 2013

DSC00038Puccini’s ever popular opera, Madama Butterfly, has been selected as the 2014 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, with Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, making the official announcement at Sydney Opera House recently.

One of the world’s most unique and spectacular outdoor events will return to its previous location in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.  The stage will be set in the harbour with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the backdrop.

Opening on 21 March 2014, this production of Madama Butterfly will be a modern retelling of Puccini’s tale of love and honour. With a dynamic moving set, including an enormous full moon, it will play nightly for an exclusive three week season.

A world class creative team and cast has been assembled for Madama Butterfly, including internationally renowned director Alex Ollé, one of the six artistic directors of La Fura dels Baus, one of the most innovative and prestigious theatre companies in the world.

Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura is cast in the lead role as Cio-Cio-San and returns after great success in the title role at Sydney Opera House in 2012. Alternating in the role will be Korean soprano Hyeseoung Kwon. International tenors Georgy Vasiliev and Andeka Gorrotxategi will make their Australian debuts as they alternate as Pinkerton, the American naval officer who romances Madama Butterfly

DSC00040Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said “La Fura Dels Baus is a creative powerhouse and we are thrilled with the spectacular new production their team is bringing for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s Madama Butterfly.

We have some superb international singers joining us here in Sydney for what has become the cultural event of the year and we are very appreciative of the support of the NSW Government and Destination NSW in helping us deliver this in 2014. We also thank Dr Haruhisa Handa’s organisation, the International Federation for Arts and Culture, for its generous investment in our vision for an opera event like no other.”

After the success of the two previous Handa Operas, La Traviata (2012) and  Carmen (2013), it is exciting to see that the third opera chosen is a crowd favourite. Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour will hopefully bring a new audience of first time opera goers to enjoy this spectacle, to be performed in such a unique and beautiful setting.

WORDS & PICTURES:    Sandra Tiltman 


August 31, 2013


To keep up with growing local demand and interest, Yoga Village Potts Point has moved to a larger space, where they can offer more classes and workshops, yet still keep their intimate focus.

Yoga Village founder and leader, Nadia Rihani, said the move is inspired by her vision of creating and nurturing the growth of a Yoga community, a home away from home that enables students to escape the daily grind of city life and relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

“Although incredibly physical, we believe that Yoga is an inherently spiritual practice and our new home will allow us to host even more classes that are dynamic, challenging and engaging. At the same time, the new space will foster our commitment to offering a personalised class environment where students can flourish and create genuine relationships with their teacher and peers” said Nadia.

The new Potts Point studio is located at Level 2, 18-20, Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point and features the five different styles of Yoga, including Hatha Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Meditation, Restorative and Pre-natal classes. The new studio also allows for monthly community events, including health and wellness seminars and movies, that require a donation to The Wayside Chapel upon entry.

Visit http://www.yogavillage.com.au      Sandra Tiltman