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REVIEW: La Juive

French composer, Fromental Halévy wrote 40 operas among many other works, but by far his greatest success was La Juive. When it was first performed in Paris in 1835, La Juive (The Jewess) received enthusiastic accolades and quickly became a popular fixture in opera house repertoires around the world. The original libretto, by the aptly named […]

REVIEW: Otello

History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes. Giuseppe Verdi’s public waited almost 10 years from the time they heard whispers of a new opera being written to the triumphant opening night performance of Otello on February 5, 1887. Sydney audiences didn’t have to wait quite so long, but they were just as appreciative when Opera Australia’s postponed […]

REVIEW: The Marriage Of Figaro

The Marriage Of Figaro is always a welcome guest at Opera Australia’s summer season, attracting large audiences to hear Mozart’s enchanting music and to watch Figaro and Susanna outwit the stratagems of the lascivious Count to win out in the end. The story is somewhat complicated. When the Count, played by Italian baritone Mario Cassi, […]

Three World Class Singers To Make Australian Debut In ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’

Opera Australia has secured three of the world’s finest singers to make their Australian debuts in Sir David McVicar’s celebrated production of Mozart’s The Marriage Of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House this summer. A regular on the stage of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and opera houses around Europe, impressive Italian baritone Mario Cassi will […]

REVIEW: La Bohème by Puccini

If you have never seen Gale Edwards’ popular production of La Bohème, this is your last chance. For over a decade Edward’s interpretation of Puccini’s much-loved classic has been a quintessential part of summer in Sydney. Nestled between fireworks on the harbour and the Sydney Festival’s artistic smorgasbord, the show has been thrilling audiences since 2011. This season will […]

REVIEW: Turandot

REVIEWED BY JARROD WOLHUTER The magic at the Joan Sutherland Theatre was alive and in abundance at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night as masked crowds swelled in anticipation for the opening of Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, Turandot. This three act, three-hour epic, set in  11th century Jin dynasty China. tells the story of a […]

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 […]