In a production as spectacularly staged as it is intelligently conceived, Faust is another mighty achievement from Opera Australia, demonstrating the full extent of their resources to sterling effect.
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.
Verdi’s richly melodious tragedy glistens again as Opera Australia returns its much loved Moshinsky staging of Rigoletto to the Melbourne stage.
Opera Australia complements their dazzling new outdoor production of West Side Story in Sydney with the return of this traditional staging to Melbourne, differentiating the casting by showcasing a new generation of fresh young triple threats in this (indoor) Australian tour.
A brilliant choice for the first musical to be presented as the annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, West Side Story is given lavish, large scale treatment in what is essentially a highly respectful, traditional production.
In much the same way that the history of Broadway is peppered with legendary performances, years from now Australian theatregoers will ask each other if they saw Tina Arena in Evita.
The sterling result of the determined and loving labours of countless talents, Opera Australia’s Melbourne presentation of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a shimmering musical and visual treat, with added interest coming from some intriguing directorial choices.
In its third Melbourne appearance, Opera Australia’s splendid 2011 production of La Bohème is as appealing as ever.
A perfect match of star and show, Evita benefits mightily from the powerhouse vocals and intense presence of Tina Arena.
Opera Australia delivers an authentic, high-quality opera experience with their 2018-2019 regional tour of Puccini’s exquisite tragedy Madame Butterfly.
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.
Melbourne welcomes sumptuous soprano Latonia Moore in a glorious performance, as Opera Australia revives its spectacular production of Tosca.
Opera Australia neatly balances the spectacular with the intimate as the seventh season of firmly established opera attraction Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour turns its sights on one of the most beloved operas, La Bohème.
Visiting superstars, theatre renovations, a maestro exposed and the untimely death of a beloved international baritone dominate the 2017 year of opera.
Merrier than ever, The Merry Widow returns in a decadent new production: The 1920s art deco update is a completely natural fit for the Widow’s world, placing the pleasure-loving characters in a world of protected privilege and opulent glamour.
With regular Sydney home, Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for most of this year for multi-million dollar renovations, Opera Australia has curated an alternative series of events at other Sydney venues. Arguably the flagship attraction, the concert staging of Richard Wagner’s epic opera Parsifal benefits mightily from the seaward of international superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
While many a non-Disney musical can be lost in the mighty Regent Theatre, the perspective in Oliver Smith’s scenic designs is given room to breathe in the cavernous auditorium. For audience members sitting well back from the stage, the three dimensional depth achieved through ingenious design can be clearly enjoyed and appreciated.
Crafted in the late 19th century, the pair of short operas are textbook examples of the verismo style. Leoncavallo wrote Pagliacci in response to Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, hence creating an ongoing conceptual link between the works.
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.
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