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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 […]

REVIEW: Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour Pres. Carmen

This year, Handa Opera revives Gale Edwards’ much-loved 2013 production of Carmen under Andy Morton’s direction. Early drizzle bathed the singers in fine showers which, thankfully, soon ceased for the entire performance. Described as one of the most promising mezzos of her generation, the petite Josè Maria Lo Monaco performs a wildly passionate Carmen who […]