Wagner on a Shoestring - 25 March 2018


Suzanne Chaundy

Suzanne is a highly regarded director of opera, drama, outdoor spectacle and special events. 

She began directing as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne and was subsequently fast-tracked into the NIDA Directing Course. 

Best known as an opera director, she began on this path as a trainee director with the Victorian State Opera.


Her 2012 production of Cosi Fan Tutte for Melbourne Opera at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre (nominated for Best Director – Green Room Awards) resulted in her becoming something of a regular for the company directing new productions of Der Freischütz and Maria Stuarda in 2015,The Abduction from the SeraglioTannhäuser and Anna Bolena in 2016, Lohengrin in 2017 and Tristan und Isolde in 2018.


The many members who have enjoyed Suzanne’s Wagner productions will be fascinated by her insights into 

Wagner on a Shoestring.





Goethe Institut 90 Ocean St Woollahra



12:30: DVD: Das Liebesverbot Act 2

(please note the remaining acts will be shown before subsequent meetings)


Wagner's rarely performed early comic opera (1836), based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure,

enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production  by director Kaspar Holten.

The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that predate the composer's mature voice,

yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner's precocious genius.

His adaptation of the Bard's play reflects the rebellious mood of a revolutionary Germany,

vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority.

Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast with the chorus and orchestra from the Theatro Real, Madrid (2016)


All welcome: Members $25, Guests $30, Students $10