Victorian Opera - Melbourne
19 October 2017

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The Black Rider

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 5

You're in for one hell of a ride – literally
25 Sep 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Wonderfully cast and cunningly staged, this darkly humorous, musically eclectic fable disturbs and delights
22 Sep 17 / Limelight
Tom Waits, William S Burroughs musical is beautiful but cold
21 Sep 17 / The Guardian
Meow Meow steals the show in Black Rider
21 Sep 17 / Herald Sun
Meow Meow holds all the cards and plays them to perfection
21 Sep 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
The Cunning Little Vixen

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Brimming with imaginative details, Victorian Opera’s beautifully realised staging of Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer
23 Jun 17 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Victorian Opera's animal attraction a perfect addition to its repertoire
23 Jun 17 / The Age
A cunning and colourful response to Janáček’s extraordinary score
23 Jun 17 / Limelight
La Sonnambula

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Jessica Pratt was ideal in the lead role as Amina
12 May 17 / National Business Review
Jessica Pratt could bring the house down in her sleep
12 May 17 / Limelight
Another unforgettable evening of bel canto brilliance showcasing superstar soprano Jessica Pratt
11 May 17 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Energetic portrayal of a sleepwalker
8 May 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Fast, furious, farcical and musically rewarding
27 Mar 17 / The Age
La bella dormente nel bosco

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A stunning production by Victorian Opera of a rarely performed Respighi treasure
17 Mar 17 / Limelight
Marvellously energetic and often hilarious performance
13 Mar 17 / The Age
A highly imaginative production audiences of all ages will love
13 Mar 17 / Herald Sun
'Tis Pity

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Really not bad, just possibly doesn't deliver its full potential
6 Feb 17 / Australian Stage Online
Meow Meow, the strumpets shall sound
6 Feb 17 / The Age
Four Saints in Three Acts

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A perfectly understandable production of good clean gibberish
7 Oct 16 / Limelight
Ambitious project proves heaven sent
3 Oct 16 / The Age
Lucia di Lammermoor

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Jessica Pratt manages to live up to expectations in a production that's good, but rarely great
15 Apr 16 / Limelight
Jessica Pratt gives outstanding performance in Lucia di Lammermoor for Victorian Opera
13 Apr 16 / Herald Sun
Jessica Pratt ascends vocal stratosphere in anaemic Victorian Opera show
13 Apr 16 / The Age
Jessica Pratt: "Nellie Melba deserves an opera house"
One of the world’s finest Lucias talks Donizetti’s mad masterpiece and why Melbourne needs a new venue.
Voyage to the Moon

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Highly acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews is magnificent as the incensed Orlando
12 Mar 16 / In Daily
Voyage to the Moon at Llewellyn Hall had balance problems
7 Mar 16 / The Age
Borrowed plumes: a new pastiche Baroque opera in Sydney
26 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
A musically sublime but visually slight journey to Baroque heaven
19 Feb 16 / Limelight
A Post-Modern chamber operatic workshop which neither moved nor inspired
17 Feb 16 / Performing Arts Hub
A work that feels infinitely larger than the sum of its parts
16 Feb 16 / Herald Sun
Victorian Opera and Musica Viva reach for the stars
16 Feb 16 / The Age
Banquet of Secrets

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A feast for the ears peppered with delicious performances, but an implausible plot leaves a sour taste
4 Mar 16 / Limelight
Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky make a meal of it for Victorian Opera
2 Mar 16 / Sydney Morning Herald
Performed with flair by a seasoned cast, the seemingly disparate friends create familiarity without feeling stereotyped
2 Mar 16 / Herald Sun
Die sieben Todsunden

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Actually, make that sin-count 14, and throw in five composers
9 Nov 15 / The Age
Sweeney Todd

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Teddy Tahu Rhodes' gravelly bass breaks new ground as demon barber
21 Jul 15 / The Age
I Puritani

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Pratt and Albelo a dream bel canto partnership in I puritani in Melbourne
7 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Pure bel canto
4 Jul 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
I Puritani an impassioned and terrific one-off performance
3 Jul 15 / The Age
Der Fliegende Holländer

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Exciting, innovative 3D Dutchman from Victorian Opera
21 Feb 15 / Bachtrack
The whole aesthetic is kind of retrograde mid-Victorian
20 Feb 15 / Daily Review
Opera buffs should rejoice in this eye-poppingly inventive production of Wagner’s 1843 opera
18 Feb 15 / Herald Sun
Victorian Opera’s 3-D Dutchman holds true to Wagner’s spirit
17 Feb 15 / The Australian (via Google)
Victorian Opera enters a new dimension
15 Feb 15 / Sydney Morning Herald
Victorian Opera's Flying Dutchman sets sail in 3D
So what does a 3D opera look like? The Victorian Opera is trying to answer that question with their latest production "The Flying Dutchman".
Opera glasses get digital makeover for The Flying Dutchman
Audiences at Victorian Opera's production will be required to don 3D specs in order to appreciate what's being billed as the world's first full-length opera to make use of digital 3D technology.
The Riders

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Deserted father’s operatic odyssey
26 Sep 14 / The Australian (via Google)
This is a bit of a miss, sadly, despite the best of intentions
25 Sep 14 / Daily Review
An opera of rare dramatic power
24 Sep 14 / The Age
Tim Winton's novel is now an opera with some new surprises
The Riders: The author gave librettist Alison Croggon and composer Iain Grandage free rein with his novel about unexplained loss.
Norma

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Great voices and a concert setting helps make sense of plot
28 Aug 14 / Limelight
Spanish soprano thrills sell-out crowd in Bellini’s triumph
26 Aug 14 / The Australian (via Google)
Saioa Hernández delivered a powerhouse performance in this evening of glorious bel canto music
24 Aug 14 / Simon Parris: Man in Chair
Soprano Saioa Hernandez soars in Victorian Opera's Norma
24 Aug 14 / Sydney Morning Herald
Into the Woods

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Victorian Opera wanders Into the Woods with Sondheim
25 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
Sondheim musical stalls in second half
24 Jul 14 / The Age
A director who’s decided that the audience should feel as lost as the characters
23 Jul 14 / Herald Sun
The night belonged to Queenie Van De Zandt as the Witch, with a delightfully nuanced performance
21 Jul 14 / Australian Stage Online
La Traviata

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

The lavish world of 19th century salons in Paris is vividly depicted in this sumptuous production
20 May 14 / Herald Sun
Verdi's La Traviata: on reflection, it's quite distracting
19 May 14 / The Age
Vocal pleasures and some real star turns, but too many mirrors reflect badly on Verdi's drama
19 May 14 / Limelight
La Traviata’s glory mirrored by Pratt
19 May 14 / The Australian (via Google)
The Magic Pudding

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

It's an absolute joy of a production
8 Oct 13 / Herald Sun
Maria de Buenos Aires

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

A torturous text but there's much to admire in the telling of this torrid tale of the Argentinian underworld
24 Aug 13 / Limelight
Tango passion captures rhythm of life on the street
23 Aug 13 / The Australian (via Google)
Much of the exotic beauty and mystical quality is masked by a stage that is too busy
22 Aug 13 / Herald Sun
Sunday in the Park with George

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Making a pointillism on the creative process
22 Jul 13 / The Australian (via Google)
Watching Sunday In The Park With George is like peeking inside artist George Seurat's mind
22 Jul 13 / Herald Sun
Nixon in China

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 4

If you want to experience one of the more accessible modern operas, choose Nixon In China
27 May 13 / Herald Sun
John Adams’ masterpiece is done full justice
20 May 13 / Limelight
Nixon In China an accessible modern opera
20 May 13 / Herald Sun
Victorian Opera triumph gives history life on stage
17 May 13 / The Age
Le nozze di Figaro

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 1

There's some fine singing by a mostly young Melbourne cast
23 Jul 12 / The Age
Midnight Son

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 2

It is difficult to understand why this story was ever chosen to be staged
24 May 12 / Daily Review
All up, Midnight Son is an ambitious work that deserves to be seen
18 May 12 / The Age
The Rake's Progress

Victorian Opera


No. of reviews: 3

The production seems to sit uneasily between allegory and the formal constraints of opera and modernity
21 Mar 12 / Australian Stage Online
A devilishly pleasing journey into madness
20 Mar 12 / The Australian (via Google)
Quibbles aside there is much to like in this production
20 Mar 12 / The Age
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Victorian Opera's 2018 season announced
Victorian Opera's 2018 season brings William Tell to the Australian stage for the first time.
28 Sep 2017 / Sydney Morning Herald
Victorian Opera serves up banquet for 2016 season
If music be the food of love, as Shakespeare wrote, then Victorian Opera is serving up a feast with its 2016 season.
21 Aug 2015 / The Age
Victorian Opera's Flying Dutchman sets sail in 3D
So what does a 3D opera look like? The Victorian Opera is trying to answer that question with their latest production "The Flying Dutchman".
14 Feb 2015 / The Age
Opera glasses get digital makeover for The Flying Dutchman
Audiences at Victorian Opera's production will be required to don 3D specs in order to appreciate what's being billed as the world's first full-length opera to make use of digital 3D technology.
2 Feb 2015 / The Age
Tim Winton's novel is now an opera with some new surprises
The Riders: The author gave librettist Alison Croggon and composer Iain Grandage free rein with his novel about unexplained loss.
23 Sep 2014 / The Guardian