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25 September 2018

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Der Rosenkavalier

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A voluptuous, comedic romp where young love triumphs over all in the style only opera can provide
14 Aug 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Melbourne Opera simply was not equipped for an opera of this sophistication and complexity
13 Aug 18 / Australian Book Review
Opera gets a Donald Trump makeover
13 Aug 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
From sublime singing to ridiculously good comedy, this new production is the next big step up for a small opera company
13 Aug 18 / Limelight
Melbourne Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier a hoot
10 Aug 18 / Herald Sun
Tristan und Isolde

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Local soprano Lee Abrahmsen leads a handsomely sung but theatrically underwhelming production of Wagner’s tragic love story
8 Feb 18 / Limelight
Wagner and the Melbourne Opera triumph
7 Feb 18 / Australian Book Review
Soprano Lee Abrahmsen shines in Tristan und Isolde
7 Feb 18 / The Age
Anthony Negus on his lifelong relationship with Wagner
Ahead of Melbourne Opera's Tristan, the conductor talks about Bayreuth, finding that extra dimension in Wagner, and the importance of empathy in the rehearsal room.
Roberto Devereux

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A bitter revenge
16 Nov 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Helena Dix was a tour de force as Elizabeth
13 Nov 17 / Australian Book Review
Opening night belonged to Australian soprano Helena Dix in the role of Queen Elizabeth I
13 Nov 17 / Limelight
Helena Dix imbues work with real credibility
12 Nov 17 / The Age
Lohengrin

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Wagner’s swan makes a splash in Melbourne
10 Aug 17 / Limelight
Ideal approach to Wagner
9 Aug 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Melbourne Opera successfully tackles early Wagner
8 Aug 17 / The Age
Melbourne Opera’s Lohengrin is a triumph
8 Aug 17 / Herald Sun
HMS Pinafore

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Shipshape rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan classic
17 Mar 17 / The Age
Melbourne Opera’s HMS Pinafore is a handsome, spit and polished production
16 Mar 17 / Herald Sun
“Never mind the why’s and wherefore’s”
15 Mar 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Anna Bolena

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

This Anna Bolena is an impressive production
7 Nov 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Boisterous production doesn't quite hit the mark
6 Nov 16 / The Age
To the tower
4 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Melbourne Opera’s second instalment of Donizetti’s Three Queens misses the potential it could reach
4 Nov 16 / Herald Sun
Tannhäuser

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Tannhäuser brings a new dimension to Melbourne Opera
20 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Nothing can detract from the music and performances
18 Aug 16 / Australian Stage Online
Melbourne Opera’s Tannhauser brings together an army of artists, big voices and a clear creative vision
15 Aug 16 / Herald Sun
Grand, romantic new production a great leap forward for Melbourne Opera
15 Aug 16 / The Age
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

When Mozart is boisterous you can’t not be energised
4 Feb 16 / Herald Sun
Seventies take on Mozart opera an awkward comedy
4 Feb 16 / The Age
Maria Stuarda

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Two outstanding lead sopranos come face to face in Melbourne Opera’s spectacular new production
5 Sep 15 / Herald Sun
Prisoner of the crown
4 Sep 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Melbourne Opera stages electric revival of Donizetti classic
3 Sep 15 / The Age
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Ultimately, Rossini deserved better
26 Jun 15 / The Age
Der Freischütz

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Steering away from the main Australian operatic repertoire can be both satisfying for artists and thrilling for spectators
4 Feb 15 / Australian Stage Online
Melbourne Opera has nudged into new territory and notched up one of its greatest successes
4 Feb 15 / Herald Sun
It proves to be more than nostalgia but a work of real worth
3 Feb 15 / Daily Review
Melbourne Opera's expressionism production falls short of mark
1 Feb 15 / The Age
Les pêcheurs de perles

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Melbourne Opera's Pearl Fishers taps experience in memorable Bizet performance
1 Oct 14 / The Age
Melbourne Opera have safely made a small contribution to the work's indestructibility
26 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
Madama Butterfly

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The final scene took away from a performance to be proud of
26 Mar 14 / AussieTheatre.com
Rienzi

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Melbourne Opera performs Rienzi, a lumpish curiosity piece not one of Wagner's best
10 Dec 13 / The Age
La Traviata

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

This new production of La Traviata was, alas, not really celebratory of either even
13 Sep 13 / The Age
Violetta is played by the excellent Antoinette Halloran
13 Sep 13 / Herald Sun
Fidelio

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

The production overcomes its challenges with sublime performances
6 Feb 13 / Daily Review
Hugh Halliday's tight production updates the work to the 1990s
5 Feb 13 / The Age
Così fan tutte

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

The voices blend happily in Mozart's complex harmonies
17 Jul 12 / Herald Sun
The direction leans towards pantomime rather than subtle irony
14 Jul 12 / Sydney Morning Herald
La bohème

Melbourne Opera


No. of reviews: 2

The performance is pleasing and certainly worth a viewing with an open and curious mind
12 Mar 12 / Australian Stage Online
A worthy production with many excellent vocal passages
6 Mar 12 / The Age
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Rossini
17 to 27 Oct 2018

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Anthony Negus on his lifelong relationship with Wagner
Ahead of Melbourne Opera's Tristan, the conductor talks about Bayreuth, finding that extra dimension in Wagner, and the importance of empathy in the rehearsal room.
26 Jan 2018 / Limelight

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