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Scene from Baz Luhrmann's stage musical A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Scene from Baz Luhrmann's stage musical A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jeff Busby

THE release of the first official trailer for The Great Gatsby might have Baz Luhrmann's name on everyone's lips, but another work by the famous director is about to hit Queensland.

Opera Australia is bringing Luhrmann's theatrical masterpiece A Midsummer Night's Dream to Brisbane.

Opening tomorrow, it's the last chance for Australian audiences to see the visual and musical spectacular before Opera Australia rests the production.

Along with children's classic The Magic Flute, currently playing at QPAC, Midsummer is the first Opera Australia production to play in Brisbane in 24 years.

"We were keen to bring something really special to Brisbane," said Opera Australia's artistic director Lyndon Terracini.

"Midsummer is such a beautiful production and has toured to all sorts of places including the Edinburgh Festival."

Midsummer is the third Opera Australia production directed by Luhrmann, who first applied his signature style to Shakespeare in his Oscar-nominated film Romeo + Juliet.

Luhrmann made the bold choice to set his version of Midsummer in colourful, bustling India.

"It has a very, very different feel to what you normally see with this opera," Terracini said.

Rather than playing in the orchestra pit, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten's spellbinding score score from a rotunda on stage.

A Midsummer Night's Dream plays a strictly limited season at QPAC's Lyric Theatre from June 1-9.

Tickets available at www.qpac.com.au.

Topics:  baz luhrmann musical opera australia qpac theatre



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