Opera Australia - Sydney & Melbourne
18 February 2019

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Wozzeck

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

An audience rarely exposed to this type of music gave thunderous applause at the end
3 Feb 19 / J-Wire
Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney
1 Feb 19 / Bachtrack
A stunning production, visually and musically
1 Feb 19 / Limelight
South African artist William Kentridge brings his animations to this Opera Australia production
30 Jan 19 / Time Out
This Wozzeck is, by any measure, an outstanding version of this seminal musical theatre work
30 Jan 19 / Australian Book Review
Nothing succeeds like excess for Kentridge
28 Jan 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Artist William Kentridge gives us a mesmorising version of Berg's Wozzeck
28 Jan 19 / Performing Arts Hub
This production is an overwhelming triumph
26 Jan 19 / Australian Stage Online
Turandot

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Re-working lifts opera to new heights
20 Jan 19 / J-Wire
Amber Wagner blazes as Puccini’s icy princess
18 Jan 19 / Limelight
An extravagant production of Puccini’s posthumous and deeply flawed masterpiece
18 Jan 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot
17 Jan 19 / Bachtrack
Puccini's last opera crowned by dramatic peaks
16 Jan 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
La bohème

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

A charming work and good cast held back by a worn and ineffective production
8 Jan 19 / Performing Arts Hub
New stars create another success for the world’s favourite opera
6 Jan 19 / J-Wire
La Bohéme is all at once decadent and tragic at the Sydney Opera House
5 Jan 19 / The AU Review
Seediness makes for a pleasurable seduction
5 Jan 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
A cast of uncommon distinction headed by Joyce El-Khoury's powerful Mimì makes this revival feel anything but routine
4 Jan 19 / Limelight
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne
20 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
An imperfect realisation of Wagner’s comedy, but the music making more than compensates
16 Nov 18 / Limelight
One of Hitler's favourite operas gets standing ovation
16 Nov 18 / The Age
A knowing, modern yet mythic production of one of Hitler’s favourite operas
16 Nov 18 / The Conversation
Opera Australia takes on a formidable Wagner
16 Nov 18 / Herald Sun
Musically as close to a triumph as it could have been
16 Nov 18 / Australian Book Review
Opening night was musically magnificent
15 Nov 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Poetry and dreams
15 Nov 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Opera Australia loses its second Hans Sachs
Shane Lowrencev has withdrawn from Meistersinger, leaving the company to find its third Hans a week out from opening. He will be replaced by German baritone Michael Kupfer-Radecky.
A show of Hans: A history of Meistersinger onstage
Wagner’s comic masterpiece explores the nature of art. As Opera Australia's production opens in Melbourne, we examine why it's become a controversial target of revisionism in recent decades.
La bohème

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Weimar Berlin, and all that jazz
11 Nov 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Life on the precipice: Opera Australia revives its Berlin Bohème
10 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
The finished product falls disappointingly flat
8 Nov 18 / Brisbane Times
Metamorphosis

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

This operatic initiative by Opera Australia must be highly commended
1 Oct 18 / Australian Book Review
Opera turns Kafka's work into musical language of delirium
30 Sep 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
Brian Howard’s opera is given an impressive revival in a suitably grungy new performance space
28 Sep 18 / Limelight
A pop-up space is an apt locale for this smaller-scale work all about transformation
27 Sep 18 / Time Out
Evita

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

A slick production to be sure
23 Sep 18 / Australian Stage Online
Tina Arena’s Evita is sweetly naive, manipulatively sultry and brutishly power-hungry
22 Sep 18 / Daily Review
Tina Arena shines as Eva Peron
21 Sep 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Tina Arena gives us a vocally high flying Evita in Hal Prince's original production
21 Sep 18 / Limelight
Tina Arena wows as Evita
20 Sep 18 / The AU Review
Don't cry for Tina Arena's timely Eva
20 Sep 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
This Tina Arena-led production is seductive, powerful and completely rewarding
19 Sep 18 / Time Out
Aida

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 9

Una Aida “digital” en la Opera de Sidney
22 Aug 18 / Opera World (Spanish)
La nuova produzione di Aida in scena all’Opera House di Sidney ha destato molto interesse nella città
9 Aug 18 / Operaclick (Ita)
Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia
23 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Aida…spectacular and phenomenal
22 Jul 18 / J-Wire
The digital illusions in Opera Australia’s shiny-and-new production of Aida are eye-poppingly impressive
21 Jul 18 / Daily Review
A new tech era for Opera Australia delivers artistically, while operatically tradition held strong with phenomenal singing
20 Jul 18 / Performing Arts Hub
An exciting, high-tech production that both thrills and overwhelms at times
20 Jul 18 / Limelight
Opera Australia takes a huge risk bringing 19th century opera into the 21st century
19 Jul 18 / The CEO Magazine
A triumph of questionable taste, but it’s a triumph nonetheless
19 Jul 18 / Time Out
Rigoletto

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 10

La Opera de Sydney actualiza el cinematográfico Rigoletto de Elijah Moshinsky
22 Aug 18 / Opera World (Spanish)
Dalibor Jenis era il veterano della compagnia
8 Aug 18 / Operaclick (Ita)
In the #metoo era Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto resonates more strongly than ever
17 Jul 18 / Alt Media
Dalibor Jenis' hunchbacked jester isn't one to miss
13 Jul 18 / Limelight
Jenis’s Rigoletto packs a punch with a hunch
11 Jul 18 / The Daily Telegraph
The perfect toe-dipping show for the opera-curious
11 Jul 18 / Daily Review
Rigoletto's big opulent sets are matched by big voices and big entertainment
10 Jul 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Create music theatre of classic dramatic power
9 Jul 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
Verdi’s Rigoletto is back, again
9 Jul 18 / The AU Review
Tragedy and melody in triumph
8 Jul 18 / J-Wire
Irina Lungu: I would really prefer to sing Rigoletto
Soon to make her Australian debut in the role of Gilda, the Russian soprano talks about overcoming her scepticism about what is now a calling card role.
Il Turco in Italia

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

A gooey soufflé of music theatre that will leave seasoned opera-goers with a pleasant aftertaste
14 Aug 18 / Daily Review
Loads of fun
14 Aug 18 / Performing Arts Hub
A giggle a minute
14 Aug 18 / Bachtrack
Perfect timing makes saucy tale a delight
14 Aug 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
A wonderful night at the opera
13 Aug 18 / J-Wire
Opera Australia serve up Turkish with heaps of ham
13 Aug 18 / The Daily Telegraph
Simon Phillips' entertaining production of The Turk in Italy gives Rossini's comedy plenty of sparkle
13 Aug 18 / Limelight
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

This was, as it should be, Lucia’s night
8 Aug 18 / Australian Book Review
Jessica Pratt presents as a masterclass in bel canto singing
11 Jul 18 / Daily Review
Jessica Pratt steals show as a stunning Lucia
3 Jul 18 / The Daily Telegraph
Singers shine in Lucia di Lammermoor
3 Jul 18 / J-Wire
Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia
3 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
A minimal set only serves to punch this opera into high voltage
3 Jul 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Tour-de-force soprano cuts through severity
1 Jul 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
A superlative night at the opera, with thrilling singing and red-hot drama
29 Jun 18 / Limelight
Soprano's anonymous
Jessica Pratt at home in the madness of signature role.
Don Quichotte

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

A welcome appearance of a French rarity conducted by a connoisseur
11 May 18 / Performing Arts Hub
An opera story that's tilting at windmills
7 May 18 / The Age
Lilting at windmills
4 May 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Don Quichotte

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

Furlanetto captures the nobility of the character with his rich and expressive voice
11 May 18 / Australian Book Review
Stand-in Shane Lowrencev makes sure Don is good
23 Mar 18 / The Daily Telegraph
Enter the madman
22 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
It feels like quite a privilege to hear Furlanetto sing the title role
21 Mar 18 / Time Out
Ferruccio Furlanetto's knight of passion
21 Mar 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
It's well worth spending a few hours with Ferruccio Furlanetto's Don
20 Mar 18 / Limelight
Tosca

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia
3 May 18 / Bachtrack
A brilliant musical realisation of a deeply moving tragedy if in a very peculiar interpretation
27 Apr 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Beauty and horror
26 Apr 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Latonia Moore resplendent in modernised Puccini
25 Apr 18 / The Age
Opera splendour in Tosca
25 Apr 18 / Herald Sun
La Traviata

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Visually rich and lovingly handled
21 Apr 18 / The Saturday Paper
Opera Australia opens it 2018 Melbourne Season with a perennial favourite
20 Apr 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne
20 Apr 18 / Bachtrack
Glamour and decay
19 Apr 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Reliable classic La Traviata shines a little less bright
18 Apr 18 / The Age
Five questions for soprano Corinne Winters
Ahead of her Violetta for Opera Australia, we give the American soprano the Five Questions treatment.
La bohème

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 9

La Boheme’s Parisian setting adds a surreal edge to this year’s Handa Opera
28 Mar 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Andy Morton finds a beautiful balance between the intimate and the epic in his harbour-side Bohème
27 Mar 18 / Limelight
Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns
27 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
This boheme isn’t the artistic achievement of past harbour works
26 Mar 18 / Daily Review
Paris uprising with harbour views
26 Mar 18 / The Australian (via Google)
Original twists bring sweetness of youth closer to our own
25 Mar 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
La Boheme really is worth the hype for a great night out
25 Mar 18 / Stage Noise
Spectacular retelling of Puccini’s intimate tale
25 Mar 18 / The Daily Telegraph
Opera Australia neatly balances the spectacular with the intimate
24 Mar 18 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
La Boheme on Sydney harbour
The massive Opera extravaganza La Boheme will have snow on Sydney harbour every night. Photos by Janie Barrett.
Dan Potra: Harbouring grand designs for La Bohème
The set and costume designer for this year's Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour talks weatherproofing costumes, reanimating opera's workhorse, and giving Puccini's heroines their due.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour to return with La Boheme
Opera Australia today announced its seventh annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will be a new production of Puccini’s La Boheme, to be directed by Andy Morton.
Carmen

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Rinat Shaham is an old hand in the title role
6 Mar 18 / Music OMH
John Bell’s Carmen is a kaleidoscope of colour and the effect is delightfully charismatic
14 Feb 18 / Australian Stage Online
Carmen works her magic for Opera Australia
14 Feb 18 / The Daily Telegraph
There is no arguing that repeated standing ovations captured the audience’s response to Opera Australia’s Carmen
13 Feb 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Rinat Shaham sings Carmen with a full-bodied voice, defiant power in the low notes
13 Feb 18 / The Age
La Traviata

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Nicole Car makes towering debut as Verdi’s heroine
5 Mar 18 / The Daily Telegraph
As Nicole Car collapsed to the floor on stage in the final scene, many in the auditorium rose to their feet
5 Mar 18 / Daily Review
Car is an innately musical and charismatic singer, with all the right instincts
3 Mar 18 / Australian Book Review
Nicole Car’s radiant debut as Violetta earns a rapturous standing ovation in a very special night
2 Mar 18 / Limelight
Nicole Car triumphs with debut
2 Mar 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
The Nose

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 10

Kosky’s magic and a sensational cast bring spectacular life to Shostakovich’ earliest opera
1 Mar 18 / Sounds Like Sydney
Does absurdity make for the best opera? If we are talking audience reaction to The Nose then hands down, yes!
28 Feb 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Perhaps Sydney wasn’t ready for a Barrie Kosky Nose until now
26 Feb 18 / Daily Review
Kosky has clearly not lost his touch for galvanizing strong responses in Sydney audiences
25 Feb 18 / Australian Stage Online
What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?
24 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Barrie Kosky’s nose for the inventive and surreal makes for an outstanding production of The Nose
24 Feb 18 / The Conversation
Kosky's dazzling production of The Nose celebrates the grotesque and the absurd
23 Feb 18 / Limelight
Anarchic absurdity makes perfect nonsense
23 Feb 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
Shostakovich's outrageous opera will divide opinion
23 Feb 18 / The Guardian
It’s hellaciously good to look at
22 Feb 18 / Stage Noise
Die Lustige Witwe

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

With Hollywood-style production numbers, glamorous Deco sets and divas worthy of the title, The Merry Widow is a winner
10 Jan 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Graeme Murphy magic gives Merry Widow a makeover
9 Jan 18 / The Daily Telegraph
A song and dance extravaganza with serious star power
7 Jan 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
The Merry Widow smashes Opera Australia box office records
Stunning sets and star power have made Murphy’s production the most popular production of the work in the company’s history.
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Giordano
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Bernstein
20 Aug to 6 Oct 2019
Reimann
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Rossini
24 Oct to 2 Nov 2019
Puccini
19 Nov to 6 Dec 2019
Gounod
27 Nov to 7 Dec 2019

News & Articles

Opera for One means no more lonely nights in front of the TV
Opera Australia's Opera for One programme responds to a survey of 1100 first-time opera-goers and those who'd like to go but hadn't because they have nobody to go with.
7 Feb 2019 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia loses its second Hans Sachs
Shane Lowrencev has withdrawn from Meistersinger, leaving the company to find its third Hans a week out from opening. He will be replaced by German baritone Michael Kupfer-Radecky.
9 Nov 2018 / Limelight
Opera Australia's Lyndon Terracini unveils 2019 program
A new opera about the life of Brett Whiteley from Elena Kats-Chernin, a much-praised William Kentridge production of Alban Berg's Wozzeck and a fresh Madama Butterfly highlight OA's 2019 season.
16 Aug 2018 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia takes Madama Butterfly to China
Moffatt Oxenbould’s much-loved production of Puccini’s opera will return to the stage for OA’s first multi-city international tour in October.
3 Aug 2018 / Limelight
Second West Side Story for Opera Australia in 2019
On top of the new Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production, the company has announced a returning, indoor production for Sydney and Melbourne.
20 Jul 2018 / Limelight