Archive for ‘July, 2014’

Getting to know the music of Rigoletto

Setting the scene (The Orchestra) The prelude is everything that Rigoletto will be: dark, moody, tragic. A solo trumpet plays a repeated C and the brass…

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Renato Fresia-Verdino (1950-2014)

Renato Fresia-Verdino, the long serving and beloved Italian coach for Opera Australia, passed away suddenly last Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack. Signor Fresia-Verdino was…

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Jonas Kaufmann: an interview

Jonas Kaufmann can remember the moment he knew he’d ‘made it’, in almost filmic detail.

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José Carbó takes on Rigoletto

José Carbó on conquering Verdi’s “Everest” – the title character in Rigoletto.

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Costume Designs for Don Giovanni

Set in the age of enlightenment as the romantic era is dawning, Opera Australia’s new production of Don Giovanni is fascinated with death.

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Cheat Sheet: Don Giovanni

Everything you need to know about the opera described as “the perfect opera”.

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Rigoletto: One of the great hunchbacks of history

For the great artists of the past few centuries, hunchbacks were a source of endless fascination. From Shakespeare to Hugo to Verdi to Disney, there are…

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Critic in training: Paul Selar reviews The King and I

Paul Selar is reviewing Opera Australia’s Melbourne Autumn season with guidance from professional critics, Opera Australia’s own music staff and writing professionals.  Exotic, mesmerising and full of rich memories Review…

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