Archive for ‘March, 2014’

Painting a geisha: the art of stage makeup

About two hours before soprano Hiromi Omura will walk out on stage in the breathtaking wedding outfit of Madama Butterfly, she’s in jeans and t-shirt in…

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The week in opera: rave reviews, another American closure and a run-in with Pavarotti

This year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly is at once beautiful and devastating. The opera premiered 110 years ago, but La Fura dels Baus…

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Secret Sydney: how to spend a weekend in the emerald city

What’s on your Sydney bucket list? Getting a glimpse of that famous skyline, breathing in the salty harbour air at sunset, sampling the best of Sydney’s…

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Shimmering success tugs at our heartstrings

By Bryce Hallett Sublime. Powerful. Breathtaking. Radiant….Madama Butterfly has opened in spectacular fashion, earning rave reviews from the critics and a passionate stamp of approval from…

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Meet Pinkerton: Georgy Vasiliev

In his professional headshot, Georgy Vasiliev looks a little bit like a 1940s film star with honey-brown hair, golden eyes and a picture-perfect tuxedo.

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Prints charming: making of the Rigoletto costumes

  Hidden in the mezzanine floor of the Opera Australia workshop and wardrobe department is the art department.

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In photos: A tour of the harbour site during construction phase

By Bryce Hallett Entering the harbour-front site through a Japanese portal (of the kind found at a Shinto temple), you are transported into another time and…

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Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

A cheat’s guide to the beautiful opera Madama Butterfly.

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