Opera Australia - Sydney & Melbourne
19 December 2018

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne
20 Nov 18 / Bachtrack
Opera Australia takes on a formidable Wagner
16 Nov 18 / Herald Sun
One of Hitler's favourite operas gets standing ovation
16 Nov 18 / The Age
Musically as close to a triumph as it could have been
16 Nov 18 / Australian Book Review
A knowing, modern yet mythic production of one of Hitler’s favourite operas
16 Nov 18 / The Conversation
An imperfect realisation of Wagner’s comedy, but the music making more than compensates
16 Nov 18 / Limelight
Poetry and dreams
15 Nov 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Opening night was musically magnificent
15 Nov 18 / Performing Arts Hub
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Shane Lowrencev has withdrawn from Meistersinger, leaving the company to find its third Hans a week out from opening.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 giggle a minute
14 Aug 18 / Bachtrack
A gooey soufflé of music theatre that will leave seasoned opera-goers with a pleasant aftertaste
14 Aug 18 / Daily Review
Perfect timing makes saucy tale a delight
14 Aug 18 / Sydney Morning Herald
Loads of fun
14 Aug 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Simon Phillips' entertaining production of The Turk in Italy gives Rossini's comedy plenty of sparkle
13 Aug 18 / Limelight
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
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
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)
Opera splendour in Tosca
25 Apr 18 / Herald Sun
Latonia Moore resplendent in modernised Puccini
25 Apr 18 / The Age
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)
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
La Boheme really is worth the hype for a great night out
25 Mar 18 / Stage Noise
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
Rinat Shaham sings Carmen with a full-bodied voice, defiant power in the low notes
13 Feb 18 / The Age
There is no arguing that repeated standing ovations captured the audience’s response to Opera Australia’s Carmen
13 Feb 18 / Performing Arts Hub
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
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
Jonas Kaufmann brings a positive glow to Opera Australia’s concert hall Parsifal
11 Aug 17 / The Daily Telegraph
Rarely has four and a half hours of opera been so engrossing from start to finish
11 Aug 17 / Australian Book Review
Parsifal powerful but could use more of the rite stuff
11 Aug 17 / The Australian (via Google)
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.
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News & Articles

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
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