October, 2013

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

, Oct 15, 2013

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

, Aug 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.
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REVIEW: Owen Wingrave | Carriageworks, Sydney

, Aug 12, 2013

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

, Aug 08, 2013

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

, Jul 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 ...
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REVIEW: Tosca | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

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

, Jul 08, 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.
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Interview: John Bell on rethinking Puccini’s Tosca

, Jul 05, 2013

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

, Apr 02, 2013

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

, Mar 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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REVIEW: Orpheus In The Underworld | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Mar 14, 2013

What's Todd McKenny doing on the opera stage? It's all the fault of Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott, who got up to no good in the Opera Australia workshop. Luckily there's plenty of laughs.
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REVIEW: Il trovatore | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Feb 28, 2013

As long as we recognise terms like genocide and ethnic cleaning with repugnant familiarity, there'll be a place for Verdi's forward-thinking opera. This production shows no sign of ageing.
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REVIEW: Fidelio | Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

, Feb 05, 2013

Melbourne's little-company-than-could presents a stirring rendition of Beethoven's one and only opera. The production overcomes its challenges with sublime performances.
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REVIEW: A Masked Ball | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Jan 21, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi has rarely seemed more alive than in this startling new production, a world premiere via Opera Australia. A pretty score gives way to truly dark, truly contemporary, ideas.
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REVIEW: La boheme | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Jan 07, 2013

Gale Edwards' lavish production of the Puccini classic gets another run at the stuffy Sydney Opera House, with two impressive new leads to thrill fans of the work.
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REVIEW: The Lighthouse | CarriageWorks, Sydney

, Nov 29, 2012

This is opera with life; intense, dramatic and challenging. Sydney Chamber Opera's production of The Lighthouse was a percussive and potent work at CarriageWorks in Sydney.
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REVIEW: Salome | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 18, 2012

Gale Edwards breathes new life into a classic biblical tale for Opera Australia. It's confronting theatre rich with context, wit and gaudy panache.
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REVIEW: Lucia di Lammermoor | Opera Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 02, 2012

It’s Charles and Diana all over again, really. Lucia’s self-seeking brother Enrico (which is a funny first name for a Scot, you’d have to say) has a hubby lined-up for his sis and he won’t take no for an answer. His fiefdom’s short of a quid (maybe he has Charles as a brother and he’s […]
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REVIEW: Madama Butterfly | Opera Theatre, Sydney

, Sep 28, 2012

It's indisputably one of the world's favourite operas, and Opera Australia's Moffat Oxenbould-directed production still has plenty of romance and relevance.
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REVIEW: The Vienna Boys Choir (Brisbane Festival) | Concert Hall

, Sep 13, 2012

It's a joy to see 25 cheeky little boys in sailor suits (a lovely irony coming from the land-locked country of Austria), singing beautifully in two mind-blowing concerts.