Opera Australia has announced its 2021 Sydney Winter Season, which will feature the return of OtelloAida and Attila, along with a brand new production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Damiano Michieletto and starring Australian soprano Jessica Pratt. Pratt returns to the Joan Sutherland Theatre following her acclaimed Lucia in 2018. The production will be a multiple role debut for the soprano, who will play four roles, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella, following in the footsteps of Dame Joan Sutherland.

Michieletto has previously directed memorable OA productions of Il Viaggio a Reims in 2019 and Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci in 2017.

Natalie Aroyan in Opera Australia's Attila.Natalie Aroyan in Opera Australia’s Attila. Photo © Prudence Upton

The new production of The Tales of Hoffmann is the first co-production with the Royal Opera House that Opera Australia will build and create in its Surry Hills workshop, and perform the premiere season. “I’m thrilled we’ve been able to secure this deal to build and present the premiere of Michieletto’s Hoffmann,” said OA Artistic...