The Adelaide Festival Unveils 2024 Season

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Jörg Brüggemann

The Adelaide Festival has announced its lineup for the 2024 festival.

First up is “Guuranda,” commissioned by the Adelaide Festival. The work was created by a collective of First Nations artists, Narungga Elders and non-Indigenous artists. “Guuranda” is written and directed by Jacob Boehme with artwork by Narungga visual artist Kylie O’Loughlin and sung by Narungga songwoman Sonya Rankine and songman Warren Milera, supported by the Narungga Family Choir.

Performance Dates: February 29 – March 3, 2024

Headlining the festival is Stravinsky’s first opera “The Nightingale” directed by Robert Lepage. The work is blended with Russian fables and musical influences from Asia, Europe and early jazz from America to make “The Nightingale and Other Fables.” Yuliia Zasimova, Owen McCausland, Taras Berezhansky, Meredith Arwady, and Yuliya Pogrebnyak are joined by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and State Opera South Australia Chorus, conducted by Alejo Pérez. “The Nightingale and Other Fables” takes place and is sung in Russian.

Performance Dates: March 1 -6, 2024

Grammy Award-winning American contralto Meredith Arwady appears in recital with pianist Michael Ierace.

Performance Dates: March 4, 2024

Baritone David Greco and pianist Vatche Jambazian give a concert of works by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, Benjamin Britten, George Butterworth, and Peggy Glanville-Hicks.

Performance Dates: March 5, 2024

Barrie Kosky’s production of “Threepenny Opera” by Weill, Brecht, and Hauptmann makes its Australian premiere. Tilo Nest, Constanze Becker, Cynthia Micas, and Gabriel Schneider with the Berliner Ensemble are among the cast. Adam Benzwi serves as musical director. The opera is sung in German with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: March 6 – 10, 2024

Mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and pianist Michael Curtain perform in “Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)” a new concert from Musica Viva Australia, written and directed by Constantine Costi and devised by Paul Kildea and Ian Dickson AM.

Performance Dates: March 7, 2024

David Greco, Louis Hurley, Chloe Lankshear, and Emma Woehle provide vocal fireworks in the “Nothing: Chamber Landscapes” series.

Performance Dates: March 8 – 10, 2024

Soprano Judith Dodsworth serves as soloist in a concert performance previewing a major excerpt from “Is this the gate?” a new opera by composer Nicholas Lens and librettist J.M. Coetzee.

Performance Dates: March 8, 2024

The Adelaide Chamber Singers present “There Will Come Soft Rains” led by Artistic Director Christie Anderson.

Performance Dates: March 13, 2024

The Adelaide Festival takes place March 1 – 17, 2024 in Australia. A full program of events can be found here.