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Opera Australia’s ‘La Traviata’

Opera Australia’s new production of La Traviata is marvellous, visually stunning, and musically divine. Verdi’s most famous and most performed opera often finds itself in one ‘top ten’ or another — and deservedly so. As an opera it ticks all the boxes that continue…

Profile: Australian World Orchestra and Riccardo Muti

A league of extraordinary performers meet once a year. To learn more, The Plus Ones talk with Alexander Briger AO, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Australian World Orchestra. From May 2nd to 5th, the Australian World Orchestra will…

The Magic Pudding – The Opera

The Magic Pudding – The Opera returns to Melbourne just in time to commemorate 100th anniversary of a timeless fair dinkum Aussie classic fairy tale. Commissioned in 2013, composer Calvin Bowman, librettist Anna Goldsworthy, and director Cameron Menzies deliver an…

Vine, Beethoven, Wagner, and Verdi: MSO Season Opening

Renowned soloists, international and Australian, star in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Gala. At this year’s concert there was a marvelous sense of what to look forward to. In summary: the orchestra presented Carl Vine’s Symphony No.1, Nelson Freire…

Opera Australia’s ‘The Merry Widow’

Ever since it was announced, I have been waiting eagerly for Opera Australia’s production of Frank Lehar’s The Merry Widow. My plus one was equally thrilled when I offered her ‘a night at the opera’ — her first ever. As…

Melbourne Opera's Roberto Devereux - Elizabeth 1 (Helena Dix), Roberto Devereux (Henry Choo), The Duke of Nottingham (Phillip Calcagno) and chorus

Melbourne Opera astounds with ‘Roberto Devereux’

Melbourne Opera’s Roberto Devereux is very entertaining. Roberto Devereux is the last of Melbourne Opera‘s Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, with acclaimed productions of Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) in 2015 and Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) in 2016. The opera is loosely based…

The Butterfly Club’s 2017 Summer Program: The Plus Ones’ picks

The ever charismatic and entertaining director Simone Pulga once again invited The Plus Ones to the The Butterfly Club’s curated summer 2017-18 program, with matching cocktails.  One of our perennial favourites in the independent arts space, there is much to…

‘Under Siege’ at Melbourne Festival

The epic masterpiece Under Siege is the perfect introduction to this year’s Melbourne Festival. Yang Liping’s operatic retelling of Farewell My Concubine is the culmination of a millennia of Chinese culture. A total of twenty-two dancers, musicians, and a paper…

Rock and Roll and Don Giovanni together for the very first time

Don Giovanni – Let’s Rock and Roll, the new production by EmotionWorks Cut Opera currently showing at Rubix Warehouse, is a unique fusion of opera and rock. The concept devised by Julie Edwardian (who has previously directed for Opera Australia), reaches…

Lohengrin Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Opera’s ‘Lohengrin’: a visual feast

Melbourne Opera delights audiences once again with its second Wagnerian opera, Lohengrin, a visual feast that’s well-cast and beautifully sung. This next chapter maintains the high standard set by its acclaimed predecessor, Tannhäuser. Director Suzanne Chaundy delivers once again with…