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Aida

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Leah Crocetto leads a superb revival of Davide Livermore’s staging
2 Jul 21 / OperaWire
New technology revitalises a classic Verdi tragedy
30 Jun 21 / Performing Arts Hub
It’s opera - but not as you know it
24 Jun 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Aida

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Compelling to hear, amazing to see
20 May 21 / Bachtrack
The company’s new Aida is a curious, sometimes seductive, at times distracting concoction of LED imagery
17 May 21 / Australian Arts Review
Spectacle and triumph
8 May 21 / ConcertoNet (English)
All you need is love: Aida’s romantic heart eclipses tech innovations
8 May 21 / The Age
Digital opera finally comes to Melbourne with this feast for eyes and ears
7 May 21 / Limelight
Ernani

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

The overall effect is total exhilaration
17 May 21 / Australian Arts Review
Spectacular voices and a clever production overcome this early Verdi opera’s preposterous plot
15 May 21 / Performing Arts Hub
A visual feast
15 May 21 / ConcertoNet (English)
La Traviata

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 9

A successful rendition of Verdi’s masterwork that kept the focus onstage instead of its harbor setting
12 Apr 21 / OperaWire
‘Bling’ in spades; an exhausting and non-stop binge of hyperactive excess, but loads of fun nonetheless
1 Apr 21 / Performing Arts Hub
Harbourfront spectacular: La traviata's dazzling return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
31 Mar 21 / Bachtrack
The night belonged to Stacey Alleaume in a brilliant debut in the role of Violetta
31 Mar 21 / Stage Noise
Violetta dies, but La Traviata will live forever
30 Mar 21 / J-Wire
New star soprano Stacey Alleaume joins top ranks after a triumphant La Traviata
29 Mar 21 / The Daily Telegraph
Stacey Alleaume gives as thrilling a role debut as could possibly be imagined
28 Mar 21 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Triumphant performance by Stacey Alleaume as La Traviata graces the Harbour
27 Mar 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Stacey Alleaume gives a glorious performance as Violetta
27 Mar 21 / Limelight
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour to make welcome return in 2021
Opera Australia today confirmed its spectacular outdoor event, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will return in March 2021 with Verdi’s hugely popular La Traviata.
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

Bartók’s opera as a #MeToo thriller
17 Mar 21 / Australian Book Review
This is a power-packed psychological opera squeezed into just 60-minutes
4 Mar 21 / Performing Arts Hub
A triumph in miniature: Bluebeard's Castle at Opera Australia
3 Mar 21 / Bachtrack
Sumegi’s vocal mastery a triumph
3 Mar 21 / J-Wire
Bluebeard’s murderous mind games will grip you
3 Mar 21 / The Daily Telegraph
Interpretation of Bartok is simply chilling
2 Mar 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Béla Bartók’s only opera, first performed in 1918, sounds glorious and is astutely staged for 21st-century audiences
2 Mar 21 / Limelight
Tosca

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Fascist Tosca revived by Opera Australia
5 Mar 21 / Bachtrack
A fab season of married at first sight
1 Mar 21 / O|A Reviews
Passion and terror amid the glories of Rome
24 Feb 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Carmen Giannattasio makes an impressive Opera Australia debut in John Bell’s dramatic production
23 Feb 21 / Limelight
Opera Australia offers $20 Tosca tickets for first-timers
The company has set aside 2,000 tickets to John Bell’s monumental Tosca for people who have not previously purchased tickets for an Opera Australia performance.
Die Lustige Witwe

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

A fantastic production
3 Mar 21 / J-Wire
An absolutely wonderful evening
8 Jan 21 / J-Wire
Opera Australia begins again with a rousing production of The Merry Widow
8 Jan 21 / Sydney Arts Guide
Making an entrance: Opera Australia returns with glitzy Art Deco Merry Widow
8 Jan 21 / Bachtrack
Opera Australia's Merry Widow a non-serious operetta highly worthy of support
7 Jan 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Julie Lea Goodwin is gorgeous as the merry widow Hanna Glavari, and perfectly supported by Alexander Lewis as Danilo Danilovich
6 Jan 21 / Limelight
Merry day at the opera as organisers seek out first timers
Opera Australia invited first-time opera goers to watch dress rehearsals of Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow at the Sydney Opera House, as the company seeks to challenge Sydneysiders' preconceptions of the artform.
Ernani

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

All work of the design team was absolutely superb getting more and more fantastic throughout the evening
5 Feb 21 / Sydney Arts Guide
A sumptuous display of Verdi’s fifth opera
5 Feb 21 / Australian Book Review
Opera in maschera: Verdi's Ernani arrives in Sydney from La Scala
5 Feb 21 / Bachtrack
Two worlds collide in this triumphant production
4 Feb 21 / Sydney Morning Herald
Ernani is a feast for the ears but rather less so for the eyes
3 Feb 21 / Limelight
Verdi’s first global blockbuster takes to the Opera House stage
Milan’s La Scala has co-operated with Opera Austraia on a joint production that should equally enthral audiences seeing it performed on the vast stage of La Scala or the much smaller confines of Sydney Opera House or Melbourne’s Arts Centre.
Opera Australia embraces rapid COVID-19 testing to get back on stage
For Ernani, premiering at the Sydney Opera House, audiences will be as safe as they can be anywhere in the world.
Attila

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Far from static, this grand Verdi opera is full of revenge, massive sets and feuding
18 Mar 20 / Performing Arts Hub
Everyone involved make a completely persuasive case for the work to be given an outing
15 Mar 20 / Australian Book Review
Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney
14 Mar 20 / Bachtrack
Impressive singing, but the storytelling leaves something to be desired
13 Mar 20 / Limelight
Faust

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

All in all, it was a great night at the opera
17 Feb 20 / Australian Stage
McVicar’s devilish take on classic opera
14 Feb 20 / J-Wire
From cabaret to cathedral: McVicar's spectacular Faust in Sydney
14 Feb 20 / Bachtrack
Production succeeds by excess
11 Feb 20 / Sydney Morning Herald
Don Giovanni

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

A magnificent revival of the chilling, thrilling David McVicar production
7 Feb 20 / Sydney Arts Guide
Opera Australia’s revival run of Sir David McVicar’s production is part revelatory – and part not
29 Jan 20 / Performing Arts Hub
A darkly gothic Don Giovanni entertains in Sydney
28 Jan 20 / Bachtrack
Bran Nue Dae

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Exceptional singing and music obscure the political heart of this classic Australian musical
24 Jan 20 / The Conversation
Great Australian musical with vibrant cast resonates at Sydney festival
20 Jan 20 / The Guardian
The plot may be pretty flimsy but the joyous score is irresistible and the message is as important as ever
20 Jan 20 / Limelight
Full of fabulous joy with an important message that still remains relevant
20 Jan 20 / Broadway World
Carmen

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

Opera Australia’s dynamic revival production is likely to please both opera fans and the uninitiated
15 Jan 20 / Performing Arts Hub
Opera Australia's Carmen doesn't follow the rules and it works
13 Jan 20 / Sydney Morning Herald
La bohème

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

It’s hard to recall a more uniformly well-sung Bohème
8 Jan 20 / Australian Book Review
A very well deserved standing ovation!
5 Jan 20 / J-Wire
Kang Wang makes a striking Opera Australia debut in La bohème
4 Jan 20 / Bachtrack
Kang Wang thrills as Rodolfo in an impressive house debut
3 Jan 20 / Limelight
Faust

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Emotionally moving and a treat for the eyes and ears
2 Dec 19 / Performing Arts Hub
A devilish romp
29 Nov 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Superlative singing and David McVicar’s lavish, clever production make a heavenly match
29 Nov 19 / Limelight
Saimir Pirgu: Pavarotti's pupil
Currently performing in Faust, the Albanian tenor discusses his early career success, working with Luciano, and what's next.
Turandot

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

A seductive nightmare
21 Nov 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Tenor gets Turandot's big tune but sopranos soar in everything else
20 Nov 19 / The Age
Graeme Murphy’s much-loved production returns, with American soprano Lise Lindstrom in the title role
20 Nov 19 / Limelight
Le nozze di Figaro

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Felice e brillante la direzione di Guillaume Tourniaire
7 Nov 19 / Operaclick (Italian)
McVicar's The Marriage of Figaro lights up the Opera Australia stage
23 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
A rich, confident revival helmed by strong performances
21 Oct 19 / Limelight
Il viaggio a Reims

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

In a twist, the world’s most famous artworks come to life in Rossini’s rarely performed opera
28 Oct 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Mellifluous frivolity in Opera Australia's production of Il viaggio a Reims
26 Oct 19 / Bachtrack
Ghost Sonata

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Ghost Sonata is strikingly modern but its meaning is opaque
27 Sep 19 / The Age
Ghost Sonata is rarely seen and dense in this production
27 Sep 19 / Herald Sun
The Ghost Sonata is a disturbing, thought-provoking work
24 Sep 19 / Australian Book Review
Opera Australia brings Strindberg's strange, purgatorial world to the Scenery Workshop
13 Sep 19 / Limelight
Haunting expressionist drama
13 Sep 19 / Bachtrack
West Side Story

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 1

More grit, less glitter required for Opera Australia's West Side Story
23 Aug 19 / Bachtrack
Andrea Chenier

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

Moments of artistry and sheer vocal beauty
11 Aug 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Sensational, old-school singing in Giordano's operatic potboiler
9 Aug 19 / Limelight
Whiteley

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

Brett Whiteley partied with Bob Dylan. Now his life is an opera
27 Jul 19 / New York Times
Whiteley is a triumph
25 Jul 19 / Australian Stage
Ample talent on display, but the story needs more work to properly take off
18 Jul 19 / Limelight
Of art and genius: exceptional world premiere of Whiteley in Sydney
18 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Opera Australia’s Whiteley brings together 3 icons to tell the artist’s complicated story
18 Jul 19 / The Conversation
It is the music that allows the work to soar
17 Jul 19 / Australian Book Review
An opera about Sydney, its people, and one extraordinary artist
16 Jul 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Australian artist Brett Whiteley is celebrated in this new, high-tech opera
16 Jul 19 / Time Out
Anna Bolena

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Ermonela Jaho, in the title-role, is a natural foreboder, ever mannered and tragic
9 Jul 19 / Australian Book Review
Tudor terrors in Opera Australia's new Anna Bolena
5 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
A marvellous royal visit from soprano Ermonela Jaho
5 Jul 19 / Limelight
The indisputable star of the evening was Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho
5 Jul 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Madama Butterfly

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

Karah Son’s Butterfly soars in Graeme Murphy’s dizzying new bondage-inspired production
5 Jul 19 / Limelight
Opera Australia's future-focussed Butterfly doesn't quite soar
2 Jul 19 / Time Out
A new, darker Butterfly at the Sydney Opera House
2 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
The blend of tradition with innovation and technology ushers us into a new era
2 Jul 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Karah Son makes Opera Australia's Madama Butterfly a must see
1 Jul 19 / The CEO Magazine
Madama Butterfly reaches new heights
30 Jun 19 / J-Wire
Dramatic experiment of production fitting for uncertain times
29 Jun 19 / Brisbane Times
Butterfly caught in a tangled web of love and lust
Opera Australia audiences can expect a very different Madama Butterfly when it opens this week, with Japanese bondage being central to the design.
Il viaggio a Reims

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

A night of spectacular entertainment and magnificent music
4 Jun 19 / Australian Book Review
Rossini’s grand musical showcase finally makes its Australian debut in suitably lavish, comic style
31 May 19 / Limelight
Opera Australia’s Australian premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims is an undisputed crowd pleaser
29 May 19 / Australian Stage
Art comes alive in a modern twist on Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims
28 May 19 / The Conversation
The world's most famous artworks come to life in this rarely performed Rossini opera
28 May 19 / Time Out
A gourmet delight
26 May 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Così fan tutte

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Moritz Junge’s elegant sets look superb on the broad Melbourne stage
21 May 19 / Australian Book Review
Opera Australia’s production is a beautiful escape for the soul and the senses
17 May 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Bittersweet
16 May 19 / ConcertoNet (English)
Opera Australia delights with bittersweet Cosi Fan Tutte
16 May 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Rigoletto

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 4

Liparit Avetisyan was exceptional as the Duke of Mantua
21 May 19 / Australian Book Review
Young cast, old production: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto is on song
14 May 19 / Bachtrack
A repellent fascination
13 May 19 / ConcertoNet (French)
Unexpected drama as a reinvigorated Rigoletto opens in Melbourne
13 May 19 / The Age
Opera disrupted by elderly protester
The opening night of Opera Australia's Rigoletto in Melbourne was disrupted after an elderly composer stood up ahead of the curtain rising to air a 50-year-old grievance.
West Side Story

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 2

Australian musical theatre is in healthy shape indeed
14 Apr 19 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
The young cast sure can dance, but lacks the dramatic chops to sell this dark tale
12 Apr 19 / Limelight
West Side Story

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

West Side Story is given lavish, large scale treatment
14 Apr 19 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
A traditional but superbly staged production that transcends the rain and some dated elements
29 Mar 19 / Limelight
Julie Lea Goodwin is a well-seasoned Maria
27 Mar 19 / Performing Arts Hub
A Manhattan juke-box on Sydney harbour
26 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s West Side Story proves that thunder & rainbows only happen when it’s raining
25 Mar 19 / The AU Review
Francesca Zambello on directing Opera Australia's West Side Story
On March 22, Opera Australia will once again premiere its annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor, an outdoor opera spectacular set against the backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful harbors.
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.
Salome

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

Once banned. Still shocking. But Salome is bloody and fantastic
13 Mar 19 / J-Wire
An awkward feminist production
12 Mar 19 / Performing Arts Hub
Seven fantasies replace seven veils: a gruesome Salome revived in Sydney
9 Mar 19 / Bachtrack
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News & Articles

Opera Australia to ring in the New Year on Cockatoo Island
Opera Australia will celebrate New Year's Eve in two venues this year – the Sydney Opera House and Cockatoo Island.
14 Oct 2021 / Limelight
It’s academic as Opera Australia recruits a new lead
The former vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne Glyn Davis, 62, is joining the board of Opera Australia and will take over as chairman.
13 Oct 2021 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia announces its 2022 season
Highlights include the Australian premiere of La Juive, a new digital production of Il Trovatore, Olivier Py's staging of Lohengrin, as well as Maria Stuarda and Mefistofele in concert.
6 Oct 2021 / Limelight
Pack your pyjamas, Opera Australia is hosting a sleepover
Opera fans are being encouraged to forget the black tie and ball gowns and instead pack their pyjamas when Opera Australia stages its first event on Cockatoo Island. And boaties will even be able to watch the new production of Carmen.
30 Sep 2021 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia receives more emergency funding
Opera Australia gets $5 million from Sustainability Fund after postponing its Ring Cycle.
30 Aug 2021 / Limelight