Intelligently conceived and handsomely staged, David McVicar’s production of Così fan tutte matches elegance and wit with the simple pleasure of Mozart’s heavenly music.
In its third Melbourne appearance, Opera Australia’s splendid 2011 production of La Bohème is as appealing as ever.
Opera Australia’s world-class revival of Lucia di Lammermoor is a heart-pounding thrill ride, in which the magic ingredients of opera blend to memorable perfection.
The all too short season of Don Quichotte provides an opportunity to admire Furlanetto in a signature role. The overall combination of charming music, stirring dance and high production values makes for a rather irresistible package.
Emotionally sharp, gorgeously sung and spectacular to behold, Opera Australia’s new Carmen is a production to be treasured. The second collaboration between Opera Australia and veteran director John Bell, the opera benefits immensely both from Bell’s heightened theatricality and his finely honed emotional acuity.
In an electric performance of Götterdämmerung, the mighty Melbourne Ring Cycle concludes as it began, with glorious singing, meticulous direction and innovative staging.
The highly anticipated return to Melbourne of Opera Australia’s world class Ring Cycle begins with a nuanced exploration of the psychological intensity of Das Rheingold.
Veteran stage director John Bell helms an emotionally taut new production of Carmen, contrasting the savage drama with the gaudy frivolity of everyday life. This premiere season is set apart by an extraordinary pair of lead performances from French soprano Clémentine Margaine and South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee.
Evergreen world favourite La Bohème is always a popular choice, and when enhanced by the performances of such glorious singers it is easy to appreciate its enduring appeal.
Played straight and true, characterful comedy The Marriage of Figaro is all the funnier.
Listening to the rapturous music and watching the comic complications crescendo, Sir David McVicar’s authentic production allows the genius of Mozart and librettist da Ponte to be fully appreciated for the pure brilliance of its simplicity and elegance. The second in McVicar’s Mozart-da Ponte trilogy of new productions for Opera Australia, The Marriage of Figaro is gentler than the darkly dramatic Don Giovanni but just as intriguing and affecting.