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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
Strauss's daring and dastardly opera makes its return to the Opera House
8 Mar 19 / Time Out
Despite the visual updating, the stage pictures leave a classic, timeless impression
8 Mar 19 / Australian Book Review
Lise Lindstrom's potent Salome sweeps everything in her wake
8 Mar 19 / Limelight
This Salome, protagonist and production, makes no apologies for its outrageousness
8 Mar 19 / Daily Review
Perversion writ large in this thrilling production
7 Mar 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Werther

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

Suicide is painless when Massenet pulls the strings
2 Mar 19 / J-Wire
Michael Fabiano makes a promising role debut, but the real star is Elena Maximova's vividly realised Charlotte
1 Mar 19 / Limelight
American tenor Michael Fabiano did a fantastic job in his debut as Werther
27 Feb 19 / Performing Arts Hub
The two leads make welcome returns to Australia as even shinier stars
26 Feb 19 / Daily Review
Joys aplenty among Werther's sorrows
25 Feb 19 / Sydney Morning Herald
Lise Lindstrom: blood and guts
As she prepares to unveil her Salome for Opera Australia, Lise Lindstrom discusses the role’s myriad challenges, finding empathy for a ruined princess, and why she had to leave Nilsson behind.
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
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6 to 28 Apr 2019
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11 to 29 May 2019
Mozart
14 to 25 May 2019
Rossini
24 May to 1 Jun 2019
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28 Jun to 10 Aug 2019
Donizetti
2 to 26 Jul 2019
Kats-Chernin
15 to 30 Jul 2019
Giordano
8 to 13 Aug 2019
Bernstein
20 Aug to 6 Oct 2019
Reimann
11 to 28 Sep 2019
Mozart
18 Oct to 2 Nov 2019
Rossini
24 Oct to 2 Nov 2019
Puccini
19 Nov to 6 Dec 2019
Gounod
27 Nov to 7 Dec 2019

News & Articles

A tale of two West Side Stories
Why is Opera Australia staging two different productions of the same show? Can we handle this much Maria and Tony, the contemporary Romeo and Juliet?
23 Mar 2019 / The Guardian
Elijah Moshinsky receives Opera Australia's highest honour
First presented to Dame Joan Sutherland, the Opera Australia Trophy recognises Moshinsky’s service to the company and contribution to Australia’s operatic landscape.
22 Feb 2019 / Limelight
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.
21 Feb 2019 / Forbes
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