October 15, 2013 12
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?
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.
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.
August 8, 2013 3
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.
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 ...
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.
July 5, 2013 4
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.
April 2, 2013 4
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.
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.
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.
January 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.
January 7, 2013 1
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.
October 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.
October 2, 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 […]
September 28, 2012 1
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.
August 24, 2012
Can-can dancers, pyrotechnics, hundreds of elderly ladies audibly swooning and the promise of Dancing with the Stars‘ Todd McKenney’s debut with the company — the 2013 Opera Australia season launch wasn’t one for the purists. But with next year to be packed with a Verdi festival in Sydney, Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Melbourne, a reprisal […]
August 16, 2012
It seems (after how many years?) we still haven’t washed this musical out of our hair. I can still vividly picture the cover of the soundtrack album owned by my parents and even sharing a sense of reverence, romance, nostalgia and affection they seemed to harbour for it. It’s another brazenly commercial outing for Opera […]
July 24, 2012
Three hours and 15 minutes, with nary a finger sandwich on which to subsist. Such are the challenges, trials and tribulations of the opera reviewer. That and wearing a monkey-suit, even in summer. Happily, the clear, cool evening Sydney presented justified the satin-collared suit. But the pace of life didn’t permit an early dinner before […]
July 17, 2012
In any word association test, say Bizet and you’ll get Carmen. But a decade before there was The Pearlfishers. Just as Carmen has an exotic setting, historically and geographically, so too is this opera, but in Ceylon, with Hindu iconography to match. Indeed, John Conklin’s design is quite magical, painterly and superbly evocative: scenes and […]
July 5, 2012 2
Let’s face it, with a name like Die Tote Stadt, it doesn’t sound like a happy musical. A man needs a wife. Well, that’s debatable. But Paul does. He just can’t get over the loss of his wife Marie. Until Mariette comes along that is. Mariette bares an eery likeness to Marie (hardly surprising in […]