Posts from the ‘Behind the Scenes’ category

OA Adapting to Thrive

Opera Australia welcomed over 460,000 people in 2013, through a diverse program of opera, music theatre, concerts and festival/outdoor events. Many of these people were new…

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How many wigs? Fun facts from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

17 opera stars 5 covers in case a principal artist takes ill 3 children to alternate in the role of Sorrow 24 Chorus singers 16 extras/actors…

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Food bloggers give top scores to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

By Bryce Hallett The majesty and drama of Madama Butterfly has won over opera critics, music lovers and the public at large. But what of the…

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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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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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Meet the maestro: Brian Castles-Onion on the triumphs and tribulations of Opera on Sydney Harbour

After the sitzprobe for Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly, what are your first impressions?  For me, this was the most exciting sitzprobe I’ve attended in…

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Bite size to banquet dining at Opera on Sydney Harbour

By Bryce Hallett The serenity of traditional Japan and the bustle of modern Tokyo come into vibrant play at the five dining areas on the harbour…

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