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 […]

Titus Andronicus

By Rita Bratovich. Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and it makes Game Of Thrones look like Sesame Street! Written in line with the genre then known as “revenge plays” and vengeful it is aplenty; by the end, the death toll is 14 alongside incidents of rape, mutilation, torture, and cannibalism. Oh, and also, most of this […]

Opera High Tea – Opera Goes To The Movies

According to Murray Dahm, artistic director of Opera Bites, opera needs to be relatable to the masses and not seen just as high-class entertainment for the elite. With this in mind, Dahm and his company aim for complete immersion of the audience. The idea is to make opera pieces engaging and accessible by demystifying them. […]