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.
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.
Brimming with imaginative details, Victorian Opera’s beautifully realised staging of Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer. A touching tale of the circle of life, Janáček’s deceptively light 1924 opera is very well served by this colourful, creative staging.
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.