Sydney is truly home to excitement and drama in January.
Australia’s largest annual arts event – Sydney Festival 2013 – has transformed Sydney Town Hall into a spectacular location to host a unique musical and visual collaboration we rarely get a chance to see. Opera singers all dressed up in crazy outfits designed by the mother of punk, Vivienne Westwood!
After premiering at the Herrenhausen Festival in Germany, Semele Walk arrived to Sydney opening the doors for this one-of-a-kind music theater created for hungry fashionistas and opera lovers.
Imagine listening to arias performed by singers mingling with models on the catwalk, all wearing giant platform shoes, extravagant clothes and dramatic hairstyles.
I never stopped being surprised during the evening. I have hardly digested the fact that an 18th century baroque opera written by George Frideric Händel merges with haute couture fashion from the 21st century, when the musicians and conductor actually also came on stage and took part in the show. On the top of this, at a certain point even the members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs revealed themselves sitting in the audience turning into wonderful solos!
“The music is from a really adventurous Berlin chamber ensemble called Kaleidoskop – they play classical music but they’re actually really adventurous and don’t mind trying to mix say Handel music with some punk. So it was their idea to team up with Westwood to do this version of Handel’s opera, Semele. The collaboration resulted in a vision to actually stage the opera as a fashion walk so what you get is a huge fashion parade celebrating both Westwood’s designs and the opera itself.” -reveals Sydney Festival Director in an interview to the Fashion Journal.
I hope too that the fashion opera becomes a tradition in Sydney, big thanks to the Festival organisers for this amazing experience.