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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
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
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
Opera Australia’s Two Weddings, One Bride is frivolous, flirty and enormous fun
1 May 17 / The Daily Telegraph
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
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 shows what all the fuss is about in a sumptuous La Traviata
8 Feb 17 / The Daily Telegraph
Elijah Moshinksy’s production is a visual and sensory feast
5 Feb 17 / Australian Stage Online
Ermonela Jaho’s tragic heroine earns a well-deserved standing ovation
5 Feb 17 / Limelight
Perfect celebration of the work's power to move and inspire
5 Feb 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Pagliacci

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

If OA’s aim was to please audiences in this summer season, it has succeeded in full measure
27 Jan 17 / Alt Media
Opera Australia’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci uses beautiful subtleties to link two magnificent operas
20 Jan 17 / The AU Review
Powerful double act blurs the boundaries
18 Jan 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Joined at the hip: Michieletto's brilliantly interwoven Cav & Pag in Sydney
17 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Combining 'Cav and Pag' is masterstroke by Damiano Michietto
15 Jan 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Two jilted and spiteful lovers with varying degrees of emotional engagement
15 Jan 17 / Broadway World
This Cav/Pag double bill is still a particularly bitter pill to swallow in 2017
13 Jan 17 / Daily Review
Michieletto flashes his verismo credentials as Torre goes for double gold
13 Jan 17 / Limelight
Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 8

If OA’s aim was to please audiences in this summer season, it has succeeded in full measure
27 Jan 17 / Alt Media
Opera Australia’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci uses beautiful subtleties to link two magnificent operas
20 Jan 17 / The AU Review
Powerful double act blurs the boundaries
18 Jan 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Joined at the hip: Michieletto's brilliantly interwoven Cav & Pag in Sydney
17 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Combining 'Cav and Pag' is masterstroke by Damiano Michietto
15 Jan 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Two jilted and spiteful lovers with varying degrees of emotional engagement
15 Jan 17 / Broadway World
This Cav/Pag double bill is still a particularly bitter pill to swallow in 2017
13 Jan 17 / Daily Review
Michieletto flashes his verismo credentials as Torre goes for double gold
13 Jan 17 / Limelight
Diego Torre attempts a famous double for Opera Australia
Diego Torre is about to become a member of an exclusive club of operatic tenors, by singing Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci on the same night.
Krol Roger

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

Congratulations OA for bringing this wonderful work to Sydney audiences!
24 Jan 17 / Alt Media
Sicilian inspiration: Szymanowski's King Roger arrives in Sydney
24 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Szymanowski’s King Roger ushers audiences inside monarch’s head
23 Jan 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Rich, strange and seductive
23 Jan 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Opera Australia’s King Roger takes you (quite literally) inside the conflicted mind of the King
23 Jan 17 / The AU Review
Szymanowski rarity marries spectacular staging with an intense erotic charge
22 Jan 17 / Limelight
Presented with stunning imagery, King Roger is powerful and thought provoking
22 Jan 17 / Broadway World
King Roger turns a decent profit for Opera Australia
Szymanowski's magnum opus was seen by many as a box office risk, but ended up exceeding its budget.
Opera Australia stages King Roger, its first opera in Polish
To be an opera star, it helps to be a natural linguist as well as an exceptional singer.
King Roger is like "Turandot and Tristan at the same time"
Saimir Pirgu discusses the challenges and excitement of taking on the Shepherd in Szymanowski's operatic masterpiece.
Der Ring des Nibelungen

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 31

Full cycle: Neil Armfield’s stark but powerful Ring delivers Wagner’s masterpiece as a triumph of the Australian stage
10 Dec 16 / The Saturday Paper
Götterdämmerung: The guilt and shame of the theft of the Ring are finally assuaged
2 Dec 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Götterdämmerung: Neil Armfield concludes his ring with the confident sensitivity he has brought to the whole
30 Nov 16 / Time Out
Götterdämmerung: This is overwhelmingly good theatre which resulted in a spontaneous standing ovation
30 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Götterdämmerung: Glorious singing, meticulous direction and innovative staging
30 Nov 16 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Götterdämmerung: The way the world ends: brilliant Götterdämmerung crowns Melbourne cycle
30 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Full cycle: Thrilling spectacle matched by talent, over 16 hours of unforgettable opera
30 Nov 16 / The Guardian
Götterdämmerung: Lise Lindstrom’s Brünnhilde crowns climax of Melbourne Ring
29 Nov 16 / Limelight
Götterdämmerung: Final instalment ends in blaze of glory
29 Nov 16 / The Age
Siegfried: Stefan Vinke as Siegfried was the outstanding voice and character of the night
28 Nov 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Siegfried: The heroism of Siegfried plays out in a highly theatrical setting
28 Nov 16 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Siegfried: Stefan Vinke astounds in third Wagner instalment
28 Nov 16 / The Age
Siegfried: Vocal heroics and visual magic in Armfield's theatrical Siegfried
28 Nov 16 / Limelight
Siegfried: As the representation of humanity in its most sublime state, Lindstrom is again a knockout
28 Nov 16 / Time Out
Siegfried: Treasure of the world: Vinke’s heroics ensure a memorable Siegfried in Melbourne
28 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Siegfried: There is much to be admired about the complexity achieved through the simplicity of the production’s story-telling
27 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Die Walküre: Spirals out of control: extraordinary singing in Die Walküre in Melbourne
26 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Die Walküre: Lindstrom is glorious as Brünnhilde
26 Nov 16 / Time Out
Die Walküre: Thoughtful second part to Armfield's Ring transports us to soprano heaven
26 Nov 16 / Limelight
Die Walküre: A long but memorably fine night in the theatre
25 Nov 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Die Walküre: Fifteen singers deliver four hours of glorious singing and splendid acting
25 Nov 16 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Das Rheinold: The set design was often incongruous and uncompromising
25 Nov 16 / Performing Arts Hub
Das Rheingold: Fyfe is magnificent as the loathsome Alberich
25 Nov 16 / Time Out
Das Rheingold: A nuanced exploration of the psychological intensity of Das Rheingold
25 Nov 16 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Die Walküre: An expressive and visually stunning second chapter
24 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Die Walküre: Beauty and dramatic power superbly realised in Wagner's most emotional and tragic work
24 Nov 16 / The Age
Das Rheingold: A pertinent and topical interpretation of Wagner’s masterwork
23 Nov 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Das Rheingold: The showgirls return as Ring revival kicks off in style
23 Nov 16 / Limelight
Das Rheingold: Bring on the dancing girls: Rheingold redux in Melbourne
23 Nov 16 / Bachtrack
Das Rheingold: It was Warwick Fyfe’s night as the nerdy and gnarly Alberich
23 Nov 16 / Herald Sun
Das Rheingold: Ingenious staging and masterful music set scene for Opera Australia Ring
22 Nov 16 / The Age
Walkure stretches to seven hours after 'technical difficulties'
It's a marathon even when everything goes according to plan, but on Wednesday, Opera Australia's Die Walkure​ went for 90 minutes longer than usual due to "technical difficulties".
Neil Armfield
'The Ring is built for binge watching'
To say Neil Armfield​ is a busy man is a major understateme
Melbourne, Adelaide, Chicago, New York: The Ring director Neil Armfield is running rings around himself.
Melbourne Ring Cycle loses its Wotan
The curse of the Ring strikes Opera Australia again as Greer Grimsley pulls out due to ill health.
Aussie directing talent Greg Eldridge gets Melbourne Ring call-up
Fresh from the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Programme, the young director will assist Neil Armfield on 2016's Ring revival.
Opera Australia's production of The Ring gets a callback
With tickets ranging from $1100 to $2100 Opera Australia's production of Wagner's The Ring, which is returning to Melbourne in late 2016, is not the most accessible of shows.
The Melbourne Ring returns
Opera Australia’s largest and most ambitious production, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, returns exclusively to Melbourne in 2016.
Sydney Opera House - The Opera (The Eighth Wonder)

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 5

It was impossible not to be moved by the gorgeous music of the opening
7 Nov 16 / Australian Stage Online
Technology and design combine with modern opera In Opera Australia's Unique “silent opera”
1 Nov 16 / Broadway World
Sydney Opera House hosts the world's first large-scale 'silent opera'
31 Oct 16 / The Guardian
The sort of experience which should stir a little patriotic pride in any Australian who attends
30 Oct 16 / Daily Review
A must see, site-specific one-off that lifts the spirits and justifies an art form
29 Oct 16 / Limelight
My Fair Lady

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 7

A seamless audial, visual and comic delight
10 Sep 16 / Australian Stage Online
My Fair Dame: Julie Andrews reigns in Sydney
8 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Aside from the little quibbles, My Fair Lady is a nostalgic performance for people familiar with the work
8 Sep 16 / Broadway World
Julie Andrews channels her inner George Bernard in a Shavian Lerner and Loewe
8 Sep 16 / Limelight
Julie Andrews delivers bloomin' lovely anniversary show
7 Sep 16 / The Age
It gives audiences exactly what they want from a Julie Andrews-directed production of My Fair Lady
7 Sep 16 / Daily Review
Julie Andrews-directed My Fair Lady longshot pays off with a little bit of luck
7 Sep 16 / The Daily Telegraph
My Fair Lady breaks Sydney Opera House records
Opera Australia and John Frost’s production of My Fair Lady has sold more tickets than any other show in the history of the Sydney Opera House.
Julie Andrews to direct My Fair Lady in Sydney
New production to premiere in August 2016 as part of Opera Australia’s 60th birthday celebrations.
Simon Boccanegra

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 3

Crackerjack cast add polish to Verdi’s far from simple Simon
30 Jul 16 / The Daily Telegraph
Glorious music-making carries the day despite a clunky plot and static staging
29 Jul 16 / Limelight
Revival brings neglected Verdi opera out of the shadows
27 Jul 16 / Sydney Morning Herald
Così fan tutte

Opera Australia


No. of reviews: 6

Opera Australia’s Cosi shows effortless charm and cohesion
22 Jul 16 / The Daily Telegraph
A beautiful production where gentle comedy makes way for profound sadness
22 Jul 16 / Limelight
Mozart’s fun with Cosi fan tutte
21 Jul 16 / The Daily Telegraph
David McVicar's Cosi fan tutte draws out the darkness beneath Mozart's Beautiful music
21 Jul 16 / Broadway World
Through a class darkly: McVicar's Così in Sydney
21 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Cast seduces in David McVicar's updated and dramatically revealing production
20 Jul 16 / Sydney Morning Herald
"The older I get, the sadder I find Così"
British director, Sir David McVicar, reflects on the profound melancholy of Mozart’s most lyrical work.
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News & Articles

Opera Australia on notice over lack of locals
Opera companies will be ordered to employ an “appropriate ­balance” of Australian and international singers or face fines of up to $200,000 under a blueprint for the artform endorsed by the ­federal government.
22 Sep 2017 / The Australian (via Google)
Massenet, The Nose and Meistersinger headline OA's 2018
Stars on offer include Nicole Car, Jessica Pratt, Leo Nucci, Ferruccio Furlanetto, John Tomlinson and Michael Fabiano.
22 Aug 2017 / Limelight
Don't cry for me, Opera Australia! Evita set for Sydney
Opera Australia will continue its tradition of partnering with commercial producer John Frost for its annual musical, bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1978 hit Evita to the Sydney Opera House.
11 Aug 2017 / Daily Review
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.
22 Jun 2017 / Daily Review
Opera Australia posts a $3.37 million surplus for 2016
The company made solid financial gains in its 60th anniversary year.
16 Jun 2017 / Limelight