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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 […]

REVIEW: Don Giovanni

Mozart’s classic opera Don Giovanni takes on added resonance in the wake of the Me Too movement. Don Giovanni translated into Spanish means Don Juan. The libretto tells the timeless tale of a licentious lord who seduces, entraps and manhandles a host of women. This season’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece casts the Italian Baritone Luca […]

La Bohème

Dan Potra is responsible for the sets and costumes of the upcoming production of La Bohème, this year’s offering from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH). The challenges he faces are alarming. “We can have four seasons in one day, as well as hurricane level winds or huge downpours. A couple of years ago, a […]

REVIEW: Green Day’s American Idiot

'Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll' is not a phrase typically associated with musicals but with Green Day’s American Idiot the Sydney Opera House is rocking like never before. Following a highly successful run in Brisbane last year, which saw the production scooping up multiple Helpmann nominations, the national tour has raised the ante to create something […]

Review – Madama Butterfly

Sydney Harbour provides an unforgettable backdrop for Opera Australia’s modern adaptation of Puccini’s popular and accessible opera, Madama Butterfly. Butterfly (Hiromi Omura), a 15-year-old Geisha, marries an American naval officer visiting Japan. Unbeknownst to her, Pinkerton (Georgy Vasiliev) is marrying out of convenience, and intends to find an American bride. Pinkerton vows to return in […]