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Bran Nue Dae

Embarking on its 30th anniversary tour, hit musical Bran Nue Dae has begun its 2020 season in Sydney at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres. Legendary Australian actor and TV presenter Ernie Dingo returns to the role of Uncle Tadpole which he first performed in the original 1990 tour of the production. Presented by Opera Australia and Sydney Festival, Bran […]

REVIEW: La Bohème

Opera Australia’s summer season staging of La Bohème is a multi-cultural affair. Beneath Chinese and English subtitles, two phenomenal Asian born opera stars perform Puccini’s famous arias with breathtaking artistry. Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang’s portrayal of the love-struck poet Rodolfo is mesmerising. His performance ranks him as one of the world’s best tenors today. He is […]

REVIEW: Carmen

Arguably one of the most popular operas in any repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen is an easy pleaser due to its hit after hit collection of familiar tunes and its easy to follow storyline. But, because of this, in the wrong hands it can suffer the banality of cliches and same ol’ same ol’ design. Not this […]

Ghost Sonata

Using text from the original Swedish play by August Strindberg written in 1907, The Ghost Sonata was adapted as a chamber opera in 1984 by Aribert Reimann. It tells the macabre story of a student who stumbles into a house inhabited by ghosts - souls trapped in Hell on Earth. Opera Australia is staging it […]

West Side Story

When West Side Story debuted on Broadway in 1957 it was met with gape-mouthed awe by audiences and critics alike. The modern, gritty, version of Romeo And Juliet, set in an urban immigrant ghetto in New York it was a dramatic departure from conventional musicals of the time.  According to Todd Jacobsson, who has been […]

REVIEW: Whiteley

This opera breaks the mould into smithereens. It’s a brand new Australian work that sings the praises of a national hero - in English. Whiteley is, of course, about the internationally acclaimed artist, Brett Whiteley - a colourful, complex, quirky subject in itself. Only a capable composer such as Elena Kats-Chernin could aptly translate the […]

REVIEW: Whiteley

This opera breaks the mould into smithereens. It’s a brand new Australian work that sings the praises of a national hero - in English. Whiteley is, of course, about the internationally acclaimed artist, Brett Whiteley - a colourful, complex, quirky subject in itself. Only a capable composer such as Elena Kats-Chernin could aptly translate the […]

Sailing Solo

By Madison Behringer Sydney is home to some of the best opera and live theatre venues in the world, with companies such as Opera Australia and Sydney Theatre Company offering audiences brilliant performances and experiences time and time again. In companies such as these their subscriber base often stretches far and wide, however outside of […]

REVIEW: West Side Story

First written as a book by Arthur Laurents in the late 1940s, West Side Story first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and has remained a steady favourite on stages the world over since then. That it was chosen as Opera Australia's first musical foray on Sydney Harbour proves it is just as appealing 70 years […]

REVIEW: Salome

This is as extreme as opera gets! Richard Strauss’s Salome goes to the very edges of human experience, encompassing the lewd, erotic, forbidden, sanctimonious, deranged, macabre, grotesque. And yet it is also humorous and entertaining. This Opera Australia production directed by Gale Edwards has wit, imagination, and daring, and is certainly not for anyone with […]