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

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

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?

REVIEW: Albert Herring | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: Albert Herring | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

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.

REVIEW: Owen Wingrave | Carriageworks, Sydney

REVIEW: Owen Wingrave | Carriageworks, Sydney

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.

REVIEW: La traviata | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: La traviata | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

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.

REVIEW: Don Pasquale | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: Don Pasquale | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

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 ...

REVIEW: Tosca | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

REVIEW: Tosca | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

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.

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

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

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.

Interview: John Bell on rethinking Puccini's <em>Tosca</em>

Interview: John Bell on rethinking Puccini's Tosca

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.

REVIEW: Carmen | Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

REVIEW: Carmen | Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

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.

REVIEW: St Matthew Passion | Concert Hall, Brisbane

REVIEW: St Matthew Passion | Concert Hall, Brisbane

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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