Archive for ‘January, 2015’

Cheat Sheet: Faust

Who was the composer? Charles-François Gounod, a French composer born in Paris in 1818. He wrote melodies that sound simple and sentimental, (although are often technically…

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7 stars of opera who don’t sing a note

1. Acrobats It can be hard to sing while riding a unicycle, stilt-walking, juggling, fire-breathing or hula-hooping, so we get in acrobats when a little circus…

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6 reasons Tosca is a must-see this summer

1) An astonishing set, like a work of art Designer Michael-Scott Mitchell was recently awarded the Australian Production Design Guild Award for his sets. “The verisimilitude…

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Director Gale Edwards on love, war and the power of Aida

It is just a few months out from the première of Aida on Sydney Harbour and director Gale Edwards’ eyes are sparkling. As one of Australia’s…

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Lyndon Terracini responds to recent discussion about tickets for critics

Some misleading information has circulated recently about Opera Australia banning critics from attending performances following negative reviews. This is not correct. One journalist, the day after…

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Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

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

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