Tag: Opera Australia

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…

The Merry Widow welcomes you back to the Opera.

After an uncomfortably tranquil year for opera (if you don’t include the singing from balconies), Opera Australia has kindly eased us back into the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House with their light-hearted production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.  …

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…

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…

Review of ‘Carmen’

The return of John Bell’s 2016 production of Carmen for Opera Australia is a welcome dose of heat in this summer that has not yet arrived. Bizet’s Carmen, even in its’ traditional form, is a risqué story. As if casual…