Posts from the ‘Behind the Scenes’ category

Set design: first looks at Aida on Sydney Harbour

Set against Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, the head of Nefertiti stands tall and proud, despite her decay. Two towers stretch up, either side, raining…

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First looks: fabric samples for Aida on Sydney Harbour

Designer Mark Thompson has gone bold, bright and beautiful for the Aida on Sydney Harbour costumes.

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Behind the scenes: extending the set of Tosca

When the design concept for a new production is developed, the set designer begins with the smallest theatre in mind. But he or she must also…

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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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Design: Death, darkness and Don Giovanni

It was in Vienna that director David McVicar and designer Robert Jones discovered the strongest image that would inspire their Don Giovanni. In the catacombs under an…

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Insights from a leading lady: Emma Matthews on Rigoletto

Well, Opening Night was wonderful… The nerves stayed under control, and I loved singing the ‘Caro nome’, everything just fitted. My husband spoilt me with 3…

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Insights from a leading lady: the final dress rehearsal of Rigoletto

It’s the night after the General Dress Rehearsal. We had an incredible double Stage Orchestral day, where we sang through the Opera two and a half…

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