Opera Australia

Opera Review: Carmen – Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House (Performances to August 12th)

June 20, 2016

“Love is a bird that nobody can tame” sing Carmen. Nobody but director John Bell it seems, in the latest dramatic and colourful retelling of the popular opera. Right from the opening notes the music is familiar. The set is like that of a film, lending beautifully to the very film-like opera and bringing everything to […]

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Opera Review: Turandot – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (performances to 24th April)

March 30, 2016

“Turandot!” cue gong in the form of a giant flame-throwing dragon. “Principessa!” cue Turandot’s dazzling appearance at the top of the tall metal tower to descend towards the stage. “Vincero!” cue the dramatic note of Nessun Dorma proceeded with fireworks in the night sky above Sydney Harbour. Handa Opera really knows how to put on […]

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the AU Interview: Opera Australia siblings Jane Ede and David Parkin discuss their first time onstage together for The Barber of Seville

February 28, 2016

The Barber of Seville is a fun, fast-paced opera, with much laughter and giggles and many breathless moments of vocal talent. Two such vocal talents are brother sister duo Jane Ede and David Parkin, who play Berta and Don Basilio respectively. We chatted to the siblings about their joint casting and found out who can hold the longest […]

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the AU Interview: Young Australian Soprano Superstar Nicole Car discusses her title role in Opera Australia’s Luisa Miller

February 26, 2016

There is no doubt that Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years. She has sung all over the world, and last year made her debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Now the native Victorian is back in Australia singing the anguished lead in Luisa Miller. […]

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Arts Review: Luisa Miller – Opera Australia (performances until 29th Feb)

February 14, 2016

Luisa Miller is a lesser known earlier opera of Verdi, it’s name perhaps less extravagant then his La Traviata, Don Carlos or Aida, but in its musical telling are far more applicable characters and a genuinely beautiful yet tragic tale of love. This production by Opera Australia is a co-production with Opera de Lausanne of […]

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Arts Review: The Barber of Seville – Opera Australia, Sydney (Performances to 22nd March)

January 31, 2016

Some fun facts about The Barber of Seville that I didn’t know going in is that it is based on a novel and is actually the prequel for The Marriage of Figaro, despite Seville being the work of Rossini and Figaro of Mozart. Having of course seen Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro last year […]

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Review: Opera Australia’s The Rabbits – Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney (Performances to 24th January)

January 18, 2016

The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, is an extraordinary piece of work. It takes important historical events and recreates its message in a haunting picture book- reaching children and adults alike. It does not shy away from what it needs to say. The adaption of this work into this opera […]

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Theatre Review: Opera Australia’s La Boheme – Sydney Opera House (Performances through to March 23rd)

January 12, 2016

When a story is told and retold and adapted in so many different ways you know there’s something special about it. This is of course the case with Puccini’s La Bohème, which has been adapted into popular modern musical RENT and used as inspiration for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge just to name a few. In […]

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Theatre Review: Opera Australia’s The Magic Flute – Sydney Opera House (Performances through to January 16th)

January 12, 2016

I have wanted to see Mozart’s The Magic Flute for so long. The “happy” opera, full of playfulness, colour and magic, a welcome change from my more recent (brilliant) but tragic La Bohemes and Don Carlos’. And boy was everyone correct! The Magic Flute is absolutely the happy opera. The first thing I noticed about […]

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