Category: music

Aida – Operatic Overdrive

If it were at all possible to add more horsepower and octane to Verdi’s tour d’force Aida, Opera Australia’s rendition now playing at the Sydney Opera House has found a way. Director Davide Livermore and Conductor Lorenzo Passerini have risen…

American Psycho The Musical

The words “American Psycho” and “the musical” don’t sound like they belong together in a sentence, let alone in a title. And yet, as with many things these days, it’s so wrong it’s right. The macabre and the fabulous. It’s…

‘Fun home’ gives a warm hug to your heart!

Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Fun Home has done it again, with another brilliant musical staged at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. While there are other Tony award-winning musicals playing across Sydney, Fun Home is an incredible snapshot of an unassuming…

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour – Finally Here!

We were looking forward to it a full year ago. Now, after more anticipation than we could ever have imagined in a pre-Covid world, La Traviata has finally arrived to Sydney Harbour and does not disappoint. It is a spectacle…

Tosca – Best. Opera. Ever.

Best. Opera. Ever. As a reviewer, I’ve seen my fair share of operas. Many of them several times over. So this is a big call. I declare Opera Australia’s new production of Tosca to be the most engaging and powerful…

Psychological Thriller, Opera Style

When invited to attend the opening night of Opera Australia’s latest production, Bluebeard’s Castle, I knew to expect something different and interesting. Even without reading a summary of the story, “early 20th century Hungarian composer” already signals dark and dread….

Review of Verdi’s ‘Ernani’

After nearly a year of forced abstinence, Sydney’s performing arts lovers are enjoying the treat of getting dressed up, meeting friends and going out for a night at the opera more than ever before. Knowing this, Opera Australia have made…

Review of Attila

We’ve all heard of Attila the Hun, but few even amongst regular opera goers and classical music buffs know that there is an opera bearing his name. I for one am ready to admit that I hadn’t heard of Attila…

Faust – One Hell of a Show

The myth of Faust is a familiar and oft-adapted tale – the old man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for a return to youth and a shot at love with a beautiful virgin. Gounod reworked Goethe’s…