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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 […]

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 […]

West Side Story

When West Side Story debuted on Broadway in 1957 it was met with gape-mouthed awe by audiences and critics alike. The modern, gritty, version of Romeo And Juliet, set in an urban immigrant ghetto in New York it was a dramatic departure from conventional musicals of the time.  According to Todd Jacobsson, who has been […]