Byron BacheOct 15, 201312 Comments
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?
Lloyd Bradford SykeAug 29, 2013
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeAug 12, 20132 Comments
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeAug 8, 20133 Comments
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeJul 25, 2013
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 ...
Lloyd Bradford SykeJul 15, 2013
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeJul 8, 2013
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeJul 5, 20134 Comments
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.
Lloyd Bradford SykeApr 2, 20134 Comments
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.
Alison CotesMar 26, 2013
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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