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Rigoletto

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

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
The perfect toe-dipping show for the opera-curious
11 Jul 18 / Daily Review
Jenis’s Rigoletto packs a punch with a hunch
11 Jul 18 / The Daily Telegraph
Rigoletto's big opulent sets are matched by big voices and big entertainment
10 Jul 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Verdi’s Rigoletto is back, again
9 Jul 18 / The AU Review
Create music theatre of classic dramatic power
9 Jul 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

Jessica Pratt presents as a masterclass in bel canto singing
11 Jul 18 / Daily Review
A minimal set only serves to punch this opera into high voltage
3 Jul 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Singers shine in Lucia di Lammermoor
3 Jul 18 / J-Wire
Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia
3 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Jessica Pratt steals show as a stunning Lucia
3 Jul 18 / The Daily Telegraph
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
Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns
27 Mar 18 / Bachtrack
Andy Morton finds a beautiful balance between the intimate and the epic in his harbour-side Bohème
27 Mar 18 / Limelight
Paris uprising with harbour views
26 Mar 18 / The Australian (via Google)
This boheme isn’t the artistic achievement of past harbour works
26 Mar 18 / Daily Review
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
Original twists bring sweetness of youth closer to our own
25 Mar 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
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 triumphs with debut
2 Mar 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
Nicole Car’s radiant debut as Violetta earns a rapturous standing ovation in a very special night
2 Mar 18 / Limelight
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
Barrie Kosky’s nose for the inventive and surreal makes for an outstanding production of The Nose
24 Feb 18 / The Conversation
What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?
24 Feb 18 / Bachtrack
Shostakovich's outrageous opera will divide opinion
23 Feb 18 / The Guardian
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
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 widow herself is played engagingly by Danielle de Niese
6 Jan 18 / Australian Stage Online
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.
Die Lustige Witwe

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

An extravagant, near-impossibly lavish production
21 Nov 17 / Time Out
Opera Australia has a clear winner on its hands
20 Nov 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Love transcends all in reworking of a classic
17 Nov 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Homecoming queen Danielle de Niese sings and dances her way through this lavish new production
17 Nov 17 / Limelight
The Merry Widow finds new festivity
16 Nov 17 / Herald Sun
A star-turn in every sense
16 Nov 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Madama Butterfly

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

Set on a different stage this classic production of an old gem sparkles anew
31 Oct 17 / Alt Media
A fond farewell to this stylish Opera Australia production after more than 150 performances
30 Oct 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Sydney bids farewell to beloved Madama Butterfly
28 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
This farewell to Moffatt Oxenbould's beautiful production takes time to soar emotionally
27 Oct 17 / Limelight
Opera Australia's triumphant production's final flight
25 Oct 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
A masterpiece that any Opera Company around the world would be proud to stage
25 Oct 17 / J-Wire
Messa da Requiem

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 1

Verdi’s Requiem served up with fire aplenty and the wrath of god
12 Aug 17 / The Daily Telegraph
Parsifal

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

The time has come: Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal
12 Aug 17 / Bachtrack
Parsifal powerful but could use more of the rite stuff
11 Aug 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Rarely has four and a half hours of opera been so engrossing from start to finish
11 Aug 17 / Australian Book Review
Jonas Kaufmann brings a positive glow to Opera Australia’s concert hall Parsifal
11 Aug 17 / The Daily Telegraph
Kaufmann isn't the only thing that impresses in a superlative night of Wagner singing
10 Aug 17 / Limelight
Opera Australia's performance as close to ideal as possible
10 Aug 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Jonas Kaufmann: Wagner & Me
Two Wagner operas lie at the heart of the tenor's repertoire. We grilled him on all things Wagner ahead of his Aussie Parsifal.
Jacqueline Dark is replaced as Jonas Kaufmann's Kundry
The Australian mezzo soprano has been dropped from OA's Parsifal for reasons that at present remain a mystery.
Thaïs

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Sparking leads wow audience in rare Sydney concert performance of Thaïs
26 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Soprano Nicole Car shines in Massenet opera Thais
24 Jul 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis prove a match made in Massenet heaven
24 Jul 17 / Limelight
Massenet's Thais a glorious vehicle for Nicole Car's vocal performance
24 Jul 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Krol Roger

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 1

Adventurous production rewarded with triumph
22 May 17 / The Age
My Fair Lady

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

Charles Edwards is dazzling as Henry Higgins
19 May 17 / Daily Review
Musical revival offers sporadically entertaining nostalgia
17 May 17 / The Age
Pagliacci

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Insightful direction adds layers of dramatic depth to this splendid production of classic opera double bill
11 May 17 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Superbly rendered penny dreadful opera
11 May 17 / The Age
Emotionally vivid and stirring
11 May 17 / Herald Sun
Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Superbly rendered penny dreadful opera
11 May 17 / The Age
Emotionally vivid and stirring
11 May 17 / Herald Sun
Insightful direction adds layers of dramatic depth to this splendid production of classic opera double bill
11 May 17 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Carmen

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Emotionally sharp, gorgeously sung and spectacular to behold
11 May 17 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance
9 May 17 / Bachtrack
Opera Australia’s Carmen creates dramatic effect
5 May 17 / Herald Sun
Our man in Havana
Cuban twist to John Bell's Opera Australia revival of Carmen.
Two Weddings, One Bride

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

Light-hearted and full of charm
8 May 17 / The AU Review
An affectionate "jukebox operetta" featuring some sparkling music and performances
5 May 17 / Limelight
A show that doesn’t take itself too seriously
2 May 17 / Australian Stage Online
Two Weddings, One Bride proves that opera can be full of fun & tomfoolery
1 May 17 / The AU Review
Two Weddings, One Bride will be a worthwhile diversion for those who enjoy the simple charms of operetta
1 May 17 / Daily Review
Opera Australia’s Two Weddings, One Bride is frivolous, flirty and enormous fun
1 May 17 / The Daily Telegraph
Carmen

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

With plenty of colour and spectacle, lovers of Carmen's hits won't be disappointed
31 Mar 17 / Limelight
Josè Maria Lo Monaco performs a wildly passionate Carmen
29 Mar 17 / Alt Media
There's nothing terribly subtle about Carmen, and this production daubs in broad strokes
29 Mar 17 / Australian Stage Online
Opera Australia's Carmen asserts itself on Sydney Harbour
28 Mar 17 / The Age
Jose Maria Lo Monaco is fabulous in her role as Carmen
27 Mar 17 / The Adelaide Review
Sexy and sultry, Handa Opera’s Carmen thrills with new casting
27 Mar 17 / The Daily Telegraph
All in all, this is still a very good Carmen, and well worth the time
25 Mar 17 / Daily Review
Opera Australia embroiled in behind-the-scenes drama
A day out from the opening of revival opera Carmen on Sydney Harbour, a dramatic off-stage stoush is threatening to steal the show's limelight.
La bohème

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

Greta Bradman shines in her first outing for Opera Australia, in Edwards' Weimar Bohème
3 Mar 17 / Limelight
Death becomes her
5 Jan 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Tosca

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Tosca under Nazi occupation breaks hearts at Opera Australia
28 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
Tosca is luminous
25 Feb 17 / Performing Arts Hub
With stunning sets and deftly built tension, Bell’s Tosca has earned its place in OA’s rep
24 Feb 17 / Limelight
Opera Australia’s current production of Tosca under the direction of John Bell is sheer brilliance
20 Feb 17 / Australian Stage Online
Voices sear through wartime drama
19 Feb 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
La Traviata

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

A solid, well executed La Traviata
28 Feb 17 / The Opera Critic
Verdi's tragic love story of the fallen woman, La Traviata returns to Sydney Opera House
12 Feb 17 / Broadway World
Opera Australia's revived production is still rolling out five star performances after 23 years
11 Feb 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Ermonela Jaho: "People need emotion, not fakeness"
The Albanian soprano who's been compared to Callas talks about Violetta, the evils of false-marketing and why Zazà made her cry.
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News & Articles

The next opera on Sydney Harbour will be a musical
After drawing from the classic opera stock like La Traviata, Carmen and La Boheme since the opera-on-a-floating-stage concept was introduced in 2012, audiences in 2019 will see West Side Story.
11 Jul 2018 / Sydney Morning Herald
Tough year for Opera Australia
Opera Australia last year made an operating loss of more than $2 million.
17 May 2018 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia’s Artistic Director given Italy’s cultural honor
Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini of Opera Australia has been awarded Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy, one of the highest civilian honors in Italy.
7 May 2018 / OperaWire
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.
23 Mar 2018 / Limelight
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.
26 Jan 2018 / Limelight