What’s on in December 2022?

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December already!!! In the table below you’ll find over 140 events with French and francophone links happening in Australia this month!

DATEWHERE/OÙWHAT/QUOILINK/LIEN
01/11 - 31/03MELBOURNEMonet & FriendsMonet & Friends
04/11 - 11/12SYDNEYSEE LV (Louis Vuitton exhibition)SEE LV (Louis Vuitton exhibition)
24/11 - 7/12PERTHJewish International Film Festival (JIFF)Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF)
29/11 - 16/12SYDNEYExhibition | Catherine PotronExhibition | Catherine Potron
01/12HOBARTThe Leigh Barket Band Swing Blues and Hot jazz direct from ParisThe Leigh Barket Band Swing Blues and Hot jazz direct from Paris
01/12SYDNEYFrench Connection: Australia's Cosmopolitan AmbitionsFrench Connection: Australia's Cosmopolitan Ambitions
01/12 - 03/12MELBOURNEBarbary CoastBarbary Coast
01/12 - 04/12SYDNEYCarmen on Cockatoo IslandCarmen on Cockatoo Island
02/12ADELAIDEQuiz Night by Alliance Française & Adelaide AccueilQuiz Night by Alliance Française & Adelaide Accueil
02/12BRISBANELe book club: La délicatesseLe book club: La délicatesse
02/12BRISBANEGreatest Hitshuman zoo tourGreatest Hitshuman zoo tour
02/12HOBARTThe Leigh Barket Band Swing Blues and Hot jazz direct from ParisThe Leigh Barket Band Swing Blues and Hot jazz direct from Paris
02/12MELBOURNEWertherWerther
02/12SYDNEYMoët Rosé Imperial EveningMoët Rosé Imperial Evening
03/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
03/12CAIRNSSAINT-NICOLASSAINT-NICOLAS
03/12MELBOURNEBorder_Radio by Sisters AkousmaticaBorder_Radio by Sisters Akousmatica
03/12MELBOURNEATET Saturdays with Project 95ATET Saturdays with Project 95
03/12MELBOURNECooking Workshop: La tarte aux fraisesCooking Workshop: La tarte aux fraises
03/12MULLUMBIMBY, NSWMumbo Jumbo Gogo dance partyMumbo Jumbo Gogo dance party
03/12SYDNEYMoët Imperial Day PartyMoët Imperial Day Party
03/12SYDNEY A Journey Through Moët  A Journey Through Moët 
03/12SYDNEYChristmas Market - MARCHÉ DE NOËLChristmas Market - MARCHÉ DE NOËL
03/12SYDNEYLycée Condorcet de Sydney - Le Marché de Noël /Christmas Market 2022Lycée Condorcet de Sydney - Le Marché de Noël /Christmas Market 2022
03/12SYDNEYCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and showCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and show
03/12SYDNEYCome and discover the world of rose - free tastingCome and discover the world of rose - free tasting
03/12SYDNEYMakMak Unicorn Macaron ClassMakMak Unicorn Macaron Class
03/12SYDNEYSnowmen Macaron classSnowmen Macaron class
03/12TOOWOOMBA, QLDAF AGMAF AGM
03/12TOOWOOMBA, QLDEnd of Year SoiréeEnd of Year Soirée
03 - 05/12GEELONG, VICFrench Films in Geelong: Little Nicolas' Treasure / Le Trésor du Petit NicolasFrench Films in Geelong: Little Nicolas' Treasure / Le Trésor du Petit Nicolas
04/12ADELAIDERendezvous MarketRendezvous Market
04/12ADELAIDECyrano Wines Spring wine tasting, lunch and concertCyrano Wines Spring wine tasting, lunch and concert
04/12CAIRNS, QLDUnseen cinema - A Mermaid in ParisUnseen cinema - A Mermaid in Paris
04/12MELBOURNEChristmas Macaron MasterclassChristmas Macaron Masterclass
04/12MELBOURNEWertherWerther
04/12NEWCASTLE, NSWXmas in ParisXmas in Paris
05/12PERTHBook Club DecemberBook Club December
05/12SYDNEYDreyfus Drei abnd Displaced Two Documentary Films with Audience Q&ADreyfus Drei abnd Displaced Two Documentary Films with Audience Q&A
06/12CANBERRAYoung Learners Christmas ShowYoung Learners Christmas Show
06/12MELBOURNELes loops de l'impro font leur showLes loops de l'impro font leur show
06/12MELBOURNESt Kilda Playground - French PlaygroupSt Kilda Playground - French Playgroup
06/12 - 11/12SYDNEYCarmen on Cockatoo IslandCarmen on Cockatoo Island
07/12ADELAIDEUrban DevelopmentUrban Development
07/12ADELAIDECheese, cocktails and Christmas BellsCheese, cocktails and Christmas Bells
07/12MELBOURNEAFRAN Forum 2022: Innovative PlanetAFRAN Forum 2022: Innovative Planet
07/12NOOSA, QLDAtelier Wine Bar x Frerejean FrèresAtelier Wine Bar x Frerejean Frères
07/12SYDNEYPhilo Bistro: Does our embodied, lived experience impact our imagination? // Notre vécu impacte-t-il notre imagination?Philo Bistro: Does our embodied, lived experience impact our imagination? // Notre vécu impacte-t-il notre imagination?
07/12SYDNEYSweet Art at Oliver BrownSweet Art at Oliver Brown
08/12ADELAIDEFrench exchange: Reflections on the Jam Factory Boisbuchet scholarships Exhibition openingFrench exchange: Reflections on the Jam Factory Boisbuchet scholarships Exhibition opening
08/12MELBOURNENarelle Autio: Watercolours and the re-release of the Leica's iconic M6Narelle Autio: Watercolours and the re-release of the Leica's iconic M6
08/12MELBOURNEWertherWerther
08/12PERTHThe 12 WA Sparkling wines of ChristmasThe 12 WA Sparkling wines of Christmas
09/12 - 05/02/23ADELAIDEFrench exchange: Reflections on the Jam Factory Boisbuchet scholarshipsFrench exchange: Reflections on the Jam Factory Boisbuchet scholarships
09/12BRISBANEFree International Travellers RendezvousFree International Travellers Rendezvous
09/12CANBERRACIMF fundraising concert at the Embassy of BelgiumCIMF fundraising concert at the Embassy of Belgium
09/12CANBERRARosé Wine TastingRosé Wine Tasting
09/12CANBERRAEnd of the Year Christmas PartyEnd of the Year Christmas Party
09/12COWARAMUP, WABurgundy Masterclass LunchBurgundy Masterclass Lunch
09/12DARWINBoard Game NightBoard Game Night
09/12HOBARTCocktail PartyCocktail Party
09/12MELBOURNEGreatest Hits live on the Yah's bandstand!Greatest Hits live on the Yah's bandstand!
09/12MELBOURNENarelle Autio: Watercolours and the re-release of the Leica's iconic M6Narelle Autio: Watercolours and the re-release of the Leica's iconic M6
09/12SYDNEYBabies Love Books in French - Les Bébés Aiment Les LivresBabies Love Books in French - Les Bébés Aiment Les Livres
09/12SYDNEYUnderground Burlesque Dinner & ShowUnderground Burlesque Dinner & Show
10/12ADELAIDEEnd of Year Party: PétanqueEnd of Year Party: Pétanque
10/12BRISBANESt Stephen's Advent Concert Series 2022 - French FireworksSt Stephen's Advent Concert Series 2022 - French Fireworks
10/12GOLD COAST, QLDA Jolly Jazzy ChristmasA Jolly Jazzy Christmas
10/12LISMOREEnd of Year eventEnd of Year event
10/12MELBOURNEWertherWerther
10/12MELBOURNEEcstatic Dance Healing with Christian Dimarco & MoontideEcstatic Dance Healing with Christian Dimarco & Moontide
10/12MELBOURNEEdith Piaf - Life, Love & No RegretsEdith Piaf - Life, Love & No Regrets
10/12MELBOURNELaser Highway ft Daydream Deluxe / Dark5lalom / Ferndrop / ZerotonineLaser Highway ft Daydream Deluxe / Dark5lalom / Ferndrop / Zerotonine
10/12PERTHClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by CozymealClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by Cozymeal
10/12SYDNEYRaspberry Macaron classRaspberry Macaron class
10/12SYDNEYAniMate Film Festival - World Student Films Collection 1AniMate Film Festival - World Student Films Collection 1
10/12SYDNEYSnowmen Macaron classSnowmen Macaron class
10/12SYDNEYCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and showCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and show
11/12BRISBANEThe Bruery Bogan Xmas LunchThe Bruery Bogan Xmas Lunch
11/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
11/12MELBOURNETRIP TO PARIS -TRIP TO PARIS -
11/12MELBOURNEA Journey To Paris. An Unforgettable High Tea ExperienceA Journey To Paris. An Unforgettable High Tea Experience
11/12NORTH ISIS, BUNDABERG, QLDPhotos in the Attic Book Launch - Vintner's Secret Vineyard ChildersPhotos in the Attic Book Launch - Vintner's Secret Vineyard Childers
11/12PERTHClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by CozymealClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by Cozymeal
11/12PERTHNatural Perfume workshopNatural Perfume workshop
11/12PORT MACQUARIEChristmas Party Celebrations!Christmas Party Celebrations!
11/12SYDNEYBaby et LuluBaby et Lulu
11/12SYDNEYClassic French Lunch | Hanging Tree Wines Member EventClassic French Lunch | Hanging Tree Wines Member Event
11/12SYDNEYLe Marché WilloughbyLe Marché Willoughby
13/12ONLINELivestream: Buche de Noel (Yule Log cake)Livestream: Buche de Noel (Yule Log cake)
13/12EMERALD BEACH, NSWDouble cream brieDouble cream brie
13/12MELBOURNESt Kilda Playground - French PlaygroupSt Kilda Playground - French Playgroup
13/12 - 18/12SYDNEYCarmen on Cockatoo IslandCarmen on Cockatoo Island
14/12ADELAIDEUrban DevelopmentUrban Development
14/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
14/12KINGSTON, HOBART, TASBeamafilm Screening - The Passion of AugustineBeamafilm Screening - The Passion of Augustine
14/12MELBOURNEVBN | Marine Hotel | Mumm Champagne Room |EveningVBN | Marine Hotel | Mumm Champagne Room |Evening
14/12PERTHMovie Night - AmélieMovie Night - Amélie
14/12SYDNEYKahii by night presents: Champagne DaysKahii by night presents: Champagne Days
15/12ONLINEGreat houses and palaces of Paris no 1 - Lecture recordingGreat houses and palaces of Paris no 1 - Lecture recording
15/12ONLINEonline lecture - Great houses & Palaces of Parisonline lecture - Great houses & Palaces of Paris
15/12ADELAIDEClub de Lecture / French Book Club: La plus secrète mémoire des hommesClub de Lecture / French Book Club: La plus secrète mémoire des hommes
15/12LAUNCESTON, TASCurator + Artist + Community Conversations: Raymond ArnoldCurator + Artist + Community Conversations: Raymond Arnold
15/12MELBOURNEAustralian Youth Orchestra in concertAustralian Youth Orchestra in concert
16/12ADELAIDESoirée TarotSoirée Tarot
16/12BRISBANEPhotos in the Attic Book LaunchPhotos in the Attic Book Launch
16/12BRISBANECocktail Master classCocktail Master class
16/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
16/12BRISBANERosé and Champagne Garden Pop-UpRosé and Champagne Garden Pop-Up
16/12MELBOURNETalamasca (Melbourne)Talamasca (Melbourne)
16/12PERTHThe Devil DollThe Devil Doll
16/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
16/12SYDNEYUnderground Burlesque Dinner & ShowUnderground Burlesque Dinner & Show
17/12BRISBANECocktail Master classCocktail Master class
17/12CAIRNSCHRISTMAS LUNCHCHRISTMAS LUNCH
17/12MELBOURNEBurlesuqe La VoúteBurlesuqe La Voúte
17/12PERTHClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by CozymealClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by Cozymeal
17/12SYDNEYCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and showCabaret La Belle Rose dinner and show
17/12SYDNEYParadigm & Fly High present Modus and TalamascaParadigm & Fly High present Modus and Talamasca
17/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
17/12SYDNEYPerfume making workshop with scentsmith Ainslie WalkerPerfume making workshop with scentsmith Ainslie Walker
18/12ADELAIDEBye Bye 2022 - CAFÉ DE FIN D’ANNÉEBye Bye 2022 - CAFÉ DE FIN D’ANNÉE
18/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
18/12PERTHClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by CozymealClassic Dinner in Paris - Cooking class by Cozymeal
18/12SYDNEYWhite Heaven Café del Mar -the ultimate white partyWhite Heaven Café del Mar -the ultimate white party
18/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
19/12ONLINEOnline Class: Buche de NoelOnline Class: Buche de Noel
19/12MELBOURNEZom Marie, Up close and personalZom Marie, Up close and personal
19/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
20/12EMERALD BEACH, NSWDouble cream brieDouble cream brie
20/12MELBOURNESt Kilda Playground - French PlaygroupSt Kilda Playground - French Playgroup
20/12PERTHCooking Class: Bûche de NoëlCooking Class: Bûche de Noël
20/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
21/12ADELAIDEUrban DevelopmentUrban Development
21/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
21/12SYDNEYLe Jolly MarketLe Jolly Market
22/12SYDNEYTwilight MarketTwilight Market
23/12PERTHDimitri from ParisDimitri from Paris
23/12SYDNEYUnderground Burlesque Dinner & ShowUnderground Burlesque Dinner & Show
24/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
24/12MONTVILLETaittinger High TeaTaittinger High Tea
25/12SYDNEYA magnifique Christmas Day Buffet LunchA magnifique Christmas Day Buffet Lunch
26/12ADELAIDEDISCOBALL: Dimitri from ParisDISCOBALL: Dimitri from Paris
27/12MELBOURNESt Kilda Playground - French PlaygroupSt Kilda Playground - French Playgroup
28/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
28/12BRISBANEChampagne and Oyster TourChampagne and Oyster Tour
31/12SYDNEYNYE - Dimitri from Paris & POOLCLVBNYE - Dimitri from Paris & POOLCLVB

As always, if you have an event you’d like to see on a future What’s on, please email us before the end of the month prior to the event at matildamarseillaise (at) gmail.com

 

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Celeste Haworth joins the chorus in Opera Australia’s Carmen on Cockatoo Island

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Mezzo-soprano Celeste Haworth is singing in the chorus in Opera Australia’s Carmen on Cockatoo Island. We chat to her about this very modern interpretation of Bizet’s opera and performing in the elements against the stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop on Cockatoo Island.

Celeste Haworth Carmen sur Cockatoo Island Opera Australia

Bonjour Celeste, we spoke earlier in the year when you were in the role of Flora Bervois in La Traviata. This time, you’re part of the chorus of Opera Australia’s production of Carmen on Cockatoo Island. Tell us a little about this opera and your role in the chorus.

It has been a busy year! I am excited to be singing in this production of Carmen, because it is a very special and unique one thanks to the creative team, and the usage of the elements of Cockatoo Island to our advantage. I think it will be spectacular.

 

The chorus is on stage for a very large portion of this opera – in every act, actually.

 

The production is a very modern interpretation of Carmen. What makes this production different to others of Carmen?

This production will be so distinct and almost radical – and on many levels. It is an outdoor event on an island, using the unique industrial heritage space. It quite Australian in that regard, with a little Mad Max and punk rock thrown in.

 

Audiences will have never seen the like – there are motorbikes, fireworks, dancers and of course an incredible cast of opera singers. However, one of the things I am most intrigued for audiences to see is the director Liesel Badorrek’s take on the opera.

 

What is director Liesel Badorrek’s vision for Carmen? How is her methodology different to that of other directors you’ve worked with?

Liesel is a wonderful director – experienced and clear in her methodology, communication and vision. Liesel’s interpretation of the opera is very different, with a much more modern and exciting perspective – without giving too much away, even seasoned opera goers will have some many, many surprises in store!

La troupe de la production 2022 de Carmen d'Opera Australia sur Cockatoo Island.Crédit photo : Hamilton Lund
The Cast of Opera Australia’s 2022 production of Carmen on Cockatoo Island.
Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund


This production of Carmen is being performed outdoors on Cockatoo Island in Sydney. You have already performed outdoors in the opera La Traviata in 2021. What are the challenges in singing outdoors? Are they different again being on an island this time?

Singing in the open air is an experience I hope every working opera singer can have the opportunity to do at least once. It is so elemental – you can feel the air on your skin, hear birds or the sounds of the night around you. Singing opera always makes me feel so alive, harnessing the air and energy to create sound, but adding this the outdoors is a wonderful feeling. It also adds an extra level of being on your toes because live theatre outdoors- anything can happen!

 

Cockatoo Island is such a special space to stage an opera- I think the audience will feel transported in every sense to another world, and after all, isn’t that when you have a really great night at the theatre?

 

What audience(s) is this production of Carmen for?

I can’t wait for people who have never seen an opera before to experience this all-encompassing, vivid production, but I am truly most excited to share this Carmen with people who have seen this opera before, because this production will be just so different, so unexpected, and on a big scale.

 

Do you think that being a modern interpretation and being performed outdoors will bring a younger audience to this opera?

I certainly hope people of all ages will come and experience, not just see, this show – because it will undoubtedly be an experience like no other. The talented dancers are moving in the most modern, street style ways, the singers are on top of their game with truly thrilling sounds, and where else would one see real motorbikes revving through real industrial spaces that the opera is taking full advantage of?

 

How many of you are there singing in the chorus?

I believe about 40 – it’s a big spectacle, and Bizet’s stunning music will be on full display with the talented artists on stage.

Alexander Sefton dans le rôle d'Escamillo et le chœur d'Opera Australia dans la production 2022 de Carmen sur Cockatoo Island d'Opera Australia . 

Crédit photo : Prudence Upton
Alexander Sefton as Escamillo and the Opera Australia Chorus in Opera Australia’s 2022 production of Carmen on Cockatoo Island.
Photo Credit: Prudence Upton

 

You’ve also sung in several roles as mezzo-soprano for Opera Australia, notably La Traviata which we spoke about earlier in the year. Is it difficult to not stand out and sing over the others when you go from solo parts to chorus roles?

The wonderful thing about my colleagues in the chorus is that are that they are all talented artists in their own right, some with decades of experience in every opera imaginable, creating their own characters within each story and being extremely adaptable to anything. I consider myself very fortunate to share the stage with them, and it makes the joy of singing roles doubled, because I have such a supportive group of artists there alongside me. It was like this in La Traviata singing Flora, and I am certain it will be again when I sing the role of First Norn and cover the role of Erda in The Ring Cycle next year.

 

Do you have a pre-performance ritual?

Aside from the usual vocal warm ups, and checking my makeup is in place, I always have a cup of tea in my dressing room, so I imagine it will be a thermos of tea in the dressing rooms on Cockatoo Island!

 

Why should people come to see Carmen on Cockataoo Island?

It will be unlike any other Carmen out there, and unlike any Carmen before. The interpretation is distinct, atypical from what people are accustomed to seeing – in direction, in set design, in harnessing the heritage of the Cockatoo Island site, and playing with those island elements.

It is one of the most modern interpretations of the opera Carmen that I have witnessed, and I am beyond thrilled to have the audience be surprised and swept up in this new experience.

We thank Celeste Haworth for this interview.

 

You can also read our interview with Tomas Dalton also part of the chorus in Opera Australia’s Carmen on Cockatoo Island

If you’d like to hear more from Celeste, read our interview with her about her role in La Traviata earlier in the year.

Opera Australia Carmen on Cockatoo Island

KEY INFO FOR CARMEN ON COCKATOO ISLAND

WHAT: Bizet’s French opera Carmen

WHERE: Cockatoo Island, Sydney

WHEN: 7:30pm from 25 November to 18 December (except Mondays)

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the Opera Australia website

HOW MUCH:

Adults from $79 for B Reserve to $149 for Premium Reserve (+ $9.80 booking fee)

Ferry tickets to and from Cockatoo Island can be booked separately when you purchase performance tickets

Have you seen a performance of Carmen before? Or an outdoors performance of opera?

 

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