Opera

Opera Australia Announces Outdoor Opera Series

BY JARROD WOLFHUNTER Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera will be gracing the shores of Sydney Harbour in 2022! Opera Australia will continue its successful partnership with the NSW Government through Destination NSW, announcing today that next year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will present one of the most successful musical of all […]

The Cherry Orchard

Lucia Mastrantone plays the eccentric Charlotte in The Cherry Orchard, her first Chekhov role. She says, “She is the lost yet self-sufficient person who is unattached to land or family or bloodlines. She is adaptable, unlike the family she is working for, because she just moves on if she has to. However, she has a loneliness […]

REVIEW: The Little Prince

Following sell-out seasons at the Folies Bergère in Paris in 2019 and the Dubai Opera in 2020, the Little Prince now comes to the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, in an Australian exclusive premiere season. Based on the popular novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this stage adaptation remains true to the original […]

Dustyesky

Dustyesky is a pun on the name of Russian writer Dostoevsky, a reflection of the humour conveyed by a bunch of 28 scruffy men, handsome hairy and wild, who have formed themselves into an Australian Russian male choir. Comrade Swainski, the musical boss, says everyone can sing. And they are proof of that. They are “Humble […]

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 […]