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Should this man play a Thai king? The (colour-blind) King and I

He’s played a French planter in the South Pacific and now he’ll play the King of Siam in another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit. But is the “colour-blind casting” of Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes OK?

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REVIEW: Albert Herring | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

It’s your last chance to see one of Opera Australia’s acclaimed productions, the Benjamin Britten chamber piece Albert Herring. The performances are fine.

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REVIEW: Owen Wingrave | Carriageworks, Sydney

Sydney Chamber Opera is a diamond in a world of largely unimproved cultural carbon. Its Owen Wingrave, Benjamin Britten’s made-for-TV work, is a rare treat.

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REVIEW: La traviata | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

Opera Australia’s timeless vision of Verdi’s classic, with a superb cast led by Emma Matthews, brings a finesse that defies the opera’s grand scale and sumptuousness.

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REVIEW: Don Pasquale | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

This is the opera for beginners. Even if you can’t stand the form, take a chance on Opera Australia’s production of Don Pasquale. It’s just like a Roman Holiday

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REVIEW: Tosca | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

John Bell has restored Opera Australia’s Tosca to its former glory with a monumental production that is a badge of honour for company and director.

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REVIEW: The Force Of Destiny | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

This operatic force from director Tama Matheson is unrelentingly dark, only brightened by Verdi’s colourful score. And that’s a rare treat for a rarely performed piece.

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Interview: John Bell on rethinking Puccini’s Tosca

John Bell has a daunting task: reinventing a much-loved Puccini classic after a disastrous earlier production turned off Opera Australia subscribers. He talks to Curtain Call about the challenge.

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REVIEW: Carmen | Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

It’s as good as Carmen can be, indoors or out. Opera Australia’s Sydney Harbour spectacle might not be pure, but it’s a visual feast and the performers are world-class.

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REVIEW: St Matthew Passion | Concert Hall, Brisbane

Bach’s St Matthew Passion came to life on a Brisbane stage as superb musical drama. Crikey got into the Easter spirit with a performance last week.

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