Opera

Opera Star Taryn Fiebig Passes Away, Aged 49

Multi award-winning Australian music theatre and opera star Taryn Fiebig, who made Prince Charles cry with her artistry, passed away in Sydney on Saturday night following a battle with ovarian cancer, aged 49. Taryn Fiebig was born in Perth on February 1, 1972 before going on to have a stellar career as a major music […]

REVIEW: Ernani

It is not surprising that Verdi’s fifth opera, Ernani, is rarely produced and that this is its first visit to Opera Australia. The tortured story of the love quadrangle is one of the silliest librettos produced by Verdi’s librettist Francesco Maria Piave, but despite this, Verdi’s glorious music and the splendid performers of this production […]

REVIEW: The Merry Widow

Graeme Murphy’s production of The Merry Widow is a triumph in every respect. Supported by a fabulous cast, and with Murphy’s direction and choreography, this operetta is a delight to listen to and to watch. Murphy sets the operetta 20 years later than the original (1905), in the art deco Paris of the 1920s, giving […]

The Merry Widow

The Art Deco movement inspired costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s work for Franz Lehar’s fizzy comic opera. “The Merry Widow has three acts,” she explained. “The first one is a cocktail party where there’s lots of waltzing so I went with long dresses and put everyone in long satin gowns that sat well within the black and […]

OA | TV: Opera Australia On Demand

Opera Australia’s extensive collection of live performance recordings will now be live streamed for free through the new online streaming service OA | TV. Artistic director, Lyndon Terracini spoke of this free on demand service as something he had always wanted to launch prior to “this devastating time for the company not being able to […]

Breaking Glass

Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) are gearing up to present an online world premiere of four operatic pieces this Friday.  The Breaking Glass event will see Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk present their pieces together via a Facebook broadcast. Breaking Glass is the result of two […]

Opera Australia To Continue Paying Staff

One of the counties largest theatrical production companies, Opera Australia, makes a commitment to continue paying their workforce. With theatres across the city forced to shutter productions for the foreseeable future to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Opera Australia like many companies is faced with a loss of their primary income stream. The company […]

REVIEW: Faust

What a diabolically decadent yet divine production this is, featuring the age-old battleground of good and evil, of satanic temptation and moral decrepitude, in which the aging Faust surrenders his soul for youthful pleasures.   The ring-master is the malevolent, omnipresent, shape-shifter devil Méphistophélès. Teddy Tahu Rhodes fills this role superbly, with his mellifluous voice and […]

Opera For Everyone

Have you always been intimidated by opera but intrigued by its majesty? If this sounds like you then Opera Australia has just the program. Opera Australia's new program access looks to eliminate one of the largest barriers to entry for new opera attendees.  Many of the top shows bring with them exorbitant ticket prices, which […]

REVIEW: Don Giovanni

Mozart’s classic opera Don Giovanni takes on added resonance in the wake of the Me Too movement. Don Giovanni translated into Spanish means Don Juan. The libretto tells the timeless tale of a licentious lord who seduces, entraps and manhandles a host of women. This season’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece casts the Italian Baritone Luca […]