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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 (Ita)
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 Online
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 Online
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
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
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Performance schedule
Puccini
31 Dec 2019 to 30 Jan 2020
Bizet
11 Jan to 26 Mar 2020
Chi
17 Jan to 1 Feb 2020
Mozart
24 Jan to 27 Feb 2020
Gounod
10 Feb to 11 Mar 2020
Verdi
12 to 28 Mar 2020
Verdi
27 Mar to 26 Apr 2020
Puccini
6 to 28 May 2020
Wagner
16 to 29 May 2020
Verdi
25 to 30 May 2020
Chi
12 Jun to 12 Jul 2020
Verdi
25 Jun to 10 Aug 2020
Donizetti
30 Jun to 16 Jul 2020
Halévy
14 Jul to 7 Aug 2020
Tchaikovsky
25 Jul to 8 Aug 2020
Simon
4 to 30 Aug 2020
Guettel
14 to 22 Aug 2020
Bock
10 Sep to 31 Oct 2020
Ford
16 to 19 Sep 2020
Donizetti
8 to 13 Oct 2020
Wagner
10 to 28 Nov 2020
Wagner
12 Nov to 1 Dec 2020
Wagner
14 Nov to 3 Dec 2020
Bock
15 Nov to 20 Dec 2020
Wagner
16 Nov to 5 Dec 2020
Verdi
17 Nov to 4 Dec 2020

News & Articles

Opera Australia returns to Uluru in 2020
Following the success of the first ever performance in 2019, Opera Australia will return to Uluru from December 11 to 13 with an even bigger program.
22 Nov 2019 / Limelight
Classic musicals are 'better than many operas'
Opera Australia's artistic director, Lydon Terracini, who has just signed on for another three years, has defended his decision to include musicals in the company's season.
2 Nov 2019 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia extends Lyndon Terracini's contract to 2023
Terracini marks a decade with the company this year after first being appointed to the role in 2009.
29 Oct 2019 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia to revive La Traviata on Sydney harbour
For 2020, Opera Australia is returning to its roots and revisiting its original (and some would argue best) production: Francesca Zambello's La Traviata.
3 Jul 2019 / Time Out
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.
26 Jun 2019 / Sydney Morning Herald