Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this production will no longer be presented as a full staged production but will be performed as a semi-staged version. We are excited to showcase the talents of the opera department for two performances to a limited audience.
Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice et Benedict tells the tale of the victorious military forces of Don Pedro, returning from battle and visiting the estate of Leonato.
While there they encounter Leonato’s daughter Hero and her cousin Beatrice. Hero loves Claudio, one of Don Pedro’s soldiers; Beatrice seems to hate all men but especially Benedict, Claudio’s best friend and another of Don Pedro’s soldiers. Hero is overjoyed by Claudio’s return, while Beatrice and Benedict immediately resume their ‘merry war of words.’
With a lush romantic score by Hector Berlioz, this semi-staged production of Beatrice et Benedict is realised by Australian Director, Stuart Maunder and conducted by Queensland Conservatorium’s Professor of Opera, Johannes Fritzsch.
Please note we are currently operating under the Griffith University Approved COVID 19 plan. The following restrictions apply:
– We are operating at a limited capacity for all events. Pre-purchased or registration of tickets is encouraged. To register for a concert in the Ian Hanger Recital Hall, please email [email protected] with the event title in the subject line.
– Entry will be via the Southbank Stairs on Level 2 only. The entrance from Grey St is currently closed.
– QCGU Foyer Bar and all water fountains are not operational for the foreseeable future. Please feel free to bring your own water to our events.
– While masks are not mandatory for audiences, they are encouraged.