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REVIEW: Werther

Why is it that in opera, as the plot becomes more melancholic, the singing gets better, as was evident in Opera Australia’s Werther? Director Elijah Moshinsky gave the first three acts of this production a contemporary, light atmosphere – quite different to Goethe’s novel called The Sorrows Of Young Werther, on which French composer Massenet […]

Don Quichotte

The classic tale of Don Quixote, the demented Spanish knight who tilts at windmills, is brought to life fantastically by Opera Australia. Originally written by Miguel Cervantes in the early seventeenth century, the famously absurd novel was transformed into an opera in 1909 by the French Romantic composer Jules Massenet when he was 67, just […]