Category: music

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…

The Glenturret Burns Night Supper Sydney Opera House

The Glenturret Burns Night Supper at the Sydney Opera House

If you’re Scottish or know anyone Scottish, you’re probably familiar with Burns Night. If not: it’s held annually on January 25th, where, for the past 150+ years, people gather to celebrate Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. It’s a traditional night…

Flying Lotus Soars to New Heights at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre

The incredibly talented and effervescent Flying Lotus brought his live 3D show to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre over the weekend. Born in Los Angeles, California as Steven Ellison and raised alongside a plethora of talented musicians, he said that the Flying…

Review of Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni is back in black. Legendary Scottish Director Sir David McVicar’s shifts the action of Mozart’s masterpiece of of sexual morality into the Gothic period, thus celebrating the supernatural aspects of the story, heightening the emotional conflicts of the…

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Jeremy Dutcher at Sydney Festival 2020: timeless transcendence

My favourite part of the Sydney Festival is discovering the new artists that are part of the diverse lineup, but nothing could have prepared me for Jeremy Dutcher. Canadian Indigenous composer and musician Jeremy Dutcher delivered one of the standout shows…