Category: music

Spectacular and Divine: Phantom is finally here!

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour present The Phantom of the Opera Now, that was just what the doctor ordered! After repeated bouts of illness, extended isolation, resultant depression, and financial stress, what many of us have needed for quite some…

Maria Stuarda in Concert

OK, first things first.  For those of us who are not operatic doyens, “In Concert” means performed as a recital rather than a play.  So no Tudor sets.  No wigs, crowns or cod-pieces.  No banners, scaffold or axe.  Rather than…

Otello Review

A young woman lies dead at the hands of her new husband in a shocking murder-suicide. Jealousy and domestic violence were issues in Shakespeare’s day, 400 years ago, still present in Verdi’s day, 150 years ago, and are sadly as…

The Marriage of Figaro

My plus one at the opening night of Opera Australia’s current production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was my husband. He had been wanting to see this particular opera for years. His favourite movie of all time, The Shawshank…

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…