Opera Australia

Theatre Review: Tina Arena wows as Evita (at Sydney Opera House until 2nd November)

September 19, 2018

Take a much-loved child star known for her angelic voice, throw in some musical theatre heavy-weights and a modern opera/musical whose composer is celebrating a milestone year, and you have a revival that could very well be the hit of Opera Australia’s 2018 season. The 40th anniversary restaging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, […]

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Evita and the Opera Australia productions you need to see in Sydney in the year ahead

September 7, 2018

Unveiling its 2019 season, Opera Australia has announced its most exhilarating and innovative program to date, with an incredible selection of productions set to take the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Exploding onto the scene with an array of classics and diverse, new inclusions for the year ahead, Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini has said: […]

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Opera Review: Madame Butterfly is a timeless tragedy that tugs at your heartstrings (National Tour to 18 September)

August 20, 2018

Madame Butterfly is a timeless love story involving a beauty and a beastly character and Opera Australia are currently staging a regional tour of the renowned Puccini’s opera. In doing so, they have made one of the world’s most famous operas accessible to a wider Australian audience thanks to a scaled-down, English language version. This […]

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West Side comes to the East Side of the Opera House

July 19, 2018

If you love jogging through the Botanical Gardens near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on a bright Autumn night, be prepared to hear the name Maria echoing through the trees as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour brings the iconic West Side Story to the outdoor stage. In an effort to top the romance of this season’s La […]

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Opera Review: Ambitious Aida almost derailed by teensy technical hitch (at Sydney Opera House until 31st August)

July 19, 2018

It is as magnificent, jaw-dropping, gasp-enticing and lavish a staging as you can imagine, but Opera Australia’s decision to rely on digital technology for its latest production of Aida nearly came unstuck on opening night, due to a tiny, blinking square of blue light. Using soaring, rotating LED panels as the primary set, onto which […]

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Review: Verdi’s Rigoletto is back, again (Sydney Opera House until 24th August)

July 8, 2018

Tackling Verdi’s Rigoletto in the #metoo era could have been a real opportunity for Opera Australia. A story featuring a leader who believes women merely objects for his desire and a disadvantaged subject who cheers on this behaviour until it is directed towards his own daughter – just think of the possible political parallels to […]

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Interview: Director Constantine Costi on reviving La Traviata for Opera Australia

April 16, 2018

At the ripe old age of 28, Constantine Costi is making a name for himself across a number of theatre forms and as one of Opera Australia’s youngest directors. Part of a young creative family, his brother a playwright and sister as composer, he creatives and revives a diverse range of performances from immersive theatre […]

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Review: La Bohème brings the romance of Paris to Sydney Harbour (until April 22nd)

March 26, 2018

If you’ve dreamed of walking the wintery streets of Paris, then get yourself a ticket to this year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Their current production of La Bohème is a spectacular tribute to the most romantic city in the world and will have you dancing in the snow despite the unseasonably warm Sydney Autumn […]

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Opera Australia’s The Merry Widow is a sumptuous feast for the senses (until 3rd February)

January 6, 2018

Graeme Murphy’s divine production of The Merry Widow finally makes its way to the Sydney Opera House and it’s a cracking way for Opera Australia to kick off 2018. The combination of stunning Art Deco design, a witty new English translation and two extremely charismatic leads make this an extremely accessible introduction to opera for […]

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Soprano Hyeseoung Kwon on giving wings to the final season of Moffatt Oxenbould’s Madama Butterfly

October 24, 2017

In a final two-week season at the Capitol Theatre, Opera Australia is farewelling one of the most beloved productions in its history – Moffatt Oxenbould’s Madama Butterfly. Someone who is very well acquainted with Butterfly is Opera Australia soprano Hyeseoung Kwon! This will be the fourth year you take to the stage as Cio-Cio-San with […]

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Interview: Milijana Nikolic on the acoustics of sand for Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida

September 3, 2017

The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida this month. We caught up with mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic , who will be sharing the role of Amneris, to discuss this unique opera setting! So, Opera on a Beach! How will you have to adjust your voice […]

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Dress like a diva: Opera Australia to open its vaults for the first time; announces costume and memorabilia auction

June 5, 2017

Have you ever wanted to sit on the couch eating a tub of ice-cream whilst wearing an elegant ball gown worn by one of the characters in Baz Luhrmann’s famous 1990 production of La Bohème? (How can one be sad when one looks so glamorous?). Well now is your chance! Opera Australia has dug deep […]

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Opera Australia’s Operetta Two Weddings, One Bride is light-hearted and full of charm

May 7, 2017

If you’ve never seen an opera before and if you’re unsure you want to dedicate a few hours out of your night to what could potentially be something not for you, then an operetta may be the perfect choice! An “Opera Starter Pack” as it were. Opera Australia’s latest production of Two Weddings, One Bride […]

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Opera Review: Two Weddings, One Bride proves that opera can be full of fun & tomfoolery (performances until October 22nd)

May 1, 2017

The words ‘Opera Australia’ and ‘piano ditty’ are not normally things you would typically associate with one another. But in the latest Sydney Opera House production Two Weddings, One Bride, the pair look set to become a marriage made in heaven. This operetta is a fun and accessible romp through comedy and farce in the […]

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José Carbó on his dual roles in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci and favourite spot in Melbourne for post-show celebrations

March 30, 2017

After another successful season in Sydney, the Melbourne Opera Australia  season will be kicking off from the 4th May at the Art Centre Melbourne. One of the productions on offer is Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, a double opera of interweaving tragedy and drama. We caught up with José Carbó ahead of the new season to discuss his dual […]

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Handa Opera’s CARMEN spells out the opera in fierce red against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour (Performances until April 23rd)

March 26, 2017

CARMEN. Big block letters spell out the opera in fierce red against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, an outline of a bull back to back with the lettering. Nothing takes away from the thrill of gazing upon the stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour each year and seeing the cityscape stretch behind, but this […]

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Opera Australia brings Spanish flavour to the harbour for Carmen (Sydney)

March 13, 2017

Gale Edward’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen will return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2017, but there’s a new flavour coming to the experience this time. Fresh Catering have returned as dining partners to help shape the atmosphere, food and drink towards the performance. Five different restaurant and bar areas on-site will serve a range of foods featuring […]

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Lucio Gallo on his role as Scarpia in Tosca and singing with Luciano Pavarotti

February 21, 2017

In Opera Australia’s latest production of Tosca the period is transformed into Nazi-occupied Rome. A decision director John Bell explains “A tyrannical regime, resistance fighters hunted down, women forced to give sexual favours in order to protect a loved one — these things are still happening, and always have been, during war.” At the head of […]

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Opera Review: Tosca is a powerful opera, placed in a powerful setting (performances until March 31st)

February 21, 2017

In John Bell’s latest production of Tosca for Opera Australia we are transported into a troubling Nazi-occupied Rome, combining all the elements of this most tragic opera into a frighteningly real presentation. And above it all soars Puccini’s magnificent music- nothing compares to the works of this master of the operatic art. Scrawled across the […]

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Sydney Festival Review: Opera Australia’s King Roger takes you (quite literally) inside the conflicted mind of the King

January 22, 2017

King Roger, or Krol Roger, is a rarely performed Polish opera that takes you inside the conflicted mind of the King as he battles with the seduction of a hedonistic Shepard/God. And by “takes you inside” it means quite literally, for the main stage is a giant head- the hollowed back forming stairs and platforms […]

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Opera Australia’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci uses beautiful subtleties to link two magnificent operas

January 19, 2017

Opera Australia’s latest production of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci is actually two operas performed back to back. Two quite distinct operas in their composition, and yet they lend themselves to the other so easily that it’s odd to try and think of them as distinct. This production, in particular, uses beautiful subtleties to link them even further. […]

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Opera Australia’s Michael Honeyman on depicting King Roger’s inner conflicts and learning opera in Polish

January 10, 2017

Opera Australia will present their latest production of the Szymanowski’s 20th-century masterpiece King Roger from the 20th January at the Sydney Opera House. The production is co-produced with the Royal Opera House and was first performed in Covent Garden. Playing the demanding role of the conflicted King Roger is Michael Honeyman. We caught up ahead of the production to […]

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7 Arts Events Not to Miss in Australia This Month (December 2016)

December 3, 2016

There may be relaxation, holidays and many other festivities on the mind of everyone during the month of December, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy the best the art world has to offer, here’s what we think is the best of the bunch this month! Opera Australia’s The Opera Gala & […]

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Review: The Eighth Wonder: Sydney Opera House – The Opera celebrates our glorious cathedral with the most stunning of backdrops – Opera Australia, Sydney

November 7, 2016

The Eighth Wonder celebrates our glorious “cathedral”, the Sydney Opera House, and its history on its very own steps. As the audience take in the performance rising above it all in the most stunning of stage backdrops are the sails of the House itself- something truly spectacular. Entering the space you are given a small radio […]

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Award-winning sound engineer Tony David Cray discusses the unique audio technology of new silent opera Sydney Opera House, The Opera: The Eighth Wonder

October 20, 2016

It’s the world’s first large-scale silent opera – staged by a cast of more than 100 performers on the grand staircase of the Sydney Opera House to a nightly audience of 3,000. The entire audience will be sitting on the forecourt under the stars wearing state of the art Audio Technica headphones, cocooned in a world […]

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Theatre Review: My Fair Lady, Sydney Opera House (performances until November 5th)

September 9, 2016

If you ever wanted to step back in time to the golden age of Broadway, now’s your chance, because Opera Australia and John Frost’s My Fair Lady is about as close as it comes. This is a nostalgic, faithful and lovingly-recreated production that will have musical theatre fans coming back for more. My Fair Lady […]

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Diego Torre on Opera Australia’s latest production of Simon Boccanegra and being a Verdi dreamer

August 17, 2016

Personal sacrifice meets political thriller in Simon Boccanegra, an opera by a master of the genre- Giuseppe Verdi. We caught up with Opera Australia tenor Diego Torre, who played the Genoese gentleman and love-interest Gabriele Adorno in the opera, to discuss the twisting plot and the interesting challenges of Verdi operas. This is your debut in the role […]

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Opera Review: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte – Sydney Opera House (Performances to August 13th)

July 24, 2016

Cosi fan tutte to me was like a girls movie night at the opera. My friend and I were full of wistful sighs over corsets, eye rolls over relationship silliness, swoons over dashing (yet infuriating) men, endless giggles and pensive frustrations over wondering who will end up with who. All in all- a great night […]

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Director and recent Helpmann nominee Michael Gow talks about Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro

July 12, 2016

As part of the 2016 national tour, Riverside Theatres will present Opera Australia’s brand new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro this August. We caught up with Director and recent Helpmann nominee Michael Gow ahead of the tour to chat about Mozart’s classic comedy, stunning sets and opera in English! Can you tell us a little bit […]

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Opera Review: The Love For Three Oranges – Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House

June 30, 2016

A king desperate to find a way to make his melancholic hypochondriac of a son, the crown prince, laugh; a clown who employs the help of tumblers and strange colourful creatures to put on a performance to get that laugh; a wizard, a sorcerer, a quest; princesses who come out of oranges and a cross-dressing […]

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