Byron Bache October 15, 2013 12 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 Syke September 13, 2013
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher talks to Curtain Call about his life, Rodgers and Hammerstein and bringing his Broadway version of South Pacific to Australia.
Lloyd Bradford Syke August 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 Syke August 8, 2013 3 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 Syke July 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 Syke July 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 Syke July 5, 2013 4 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 Syke April 2, 2013 4 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.
Lloyd Bradford Syke March 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.
Lloyd Bradford Syke February 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.