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Carmen at the Embassy

“By popular request,” Opera Bites is staging Carmen as a matinee  to be performed in the architecturally striking  1894 Embassy Conference Centre in the heart of Sydney. Opera Bites, a boutique opera company, is known for its condensed versions of popular opera performed in non-theatre spaces. Rae Levien, co-founder and soprano, told me that the […]

Il Trovatore – REVIEW

Hot on the tail of La Traviata comes another Guiseppe Verdi stalwart of the Opera Australia repertoire, Il Trovatore. Both productions are visually stunning, but, where La Traviata’s is a nod to tradition, with period costumes and constructed, three dimensional sets, Il Trovatore fully embraces innovation, employing digital technology, special effects, and circus. Notwithstanding, OA’s […]

REVIEW: La Traviata

Guiseppe Verdi’s beloved opera, La Traviata is a pretty much a permanent fixture in any reputable company’s repertoire. It includes some of the most recognisable melodies in the genre. It was the opera that reduced Julia Roberts’ character to tears in the 1990 film, Pretty Woman, and its signature aria was the soundtrack to Richard […]

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 Reveals Summer Season

Love, adventure, a comedy of errors and the world’s most famous aria: Opera Australia's summer season has it all. Breathtaking stories and even more breathtaking music performed by local and international operatic superstars. Turandot: A fantasy opera of poetry and myth, Graeme Murphy’s Turandot transports audiences to an exotic world where fear and love go […]