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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 Cost Of COVID: Cancelling Cultural & Creative Events

By Gemma Billington Cancellations have been rife across the arts sector amid health concerns for the growing COVID-19 delta variant outbreak throughout Greater Sydney. Greater Sydney is currently under strict stay at home orders until July 30, though as case numbers remain high, arts exhibitions, events and performances have been forced to postpone. Vivid, Opera […]

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 […]

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 […]

Opera Australia Won’t Be Back In 2020

Opera Australia today announced that it will postpone the long-awaited premier of the world’s first fully digital Ring Cycle to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Previously schedule to show in November this year, new dates are being finalised at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in 2021 for both the Ring Cycle and another performance, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]