Posts from the ‘Obsessions’ category

Melbourne Spring Dinners and a recipe for Florentine Steak

Melbourne opera goers can book themselves a treat this Spring – a three-course Italian dinner with matched wine, served al fresco at the Tram Bar at…

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Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

Step up the romance a notch this Valentine’s Day and woo your lover with the high passions of opera. From heart-fluttering love at first sight…

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In his words: Kasper Holten on a long-term love affair with Eugene Onegin

Kasper Holten was just a teenager when he first saw Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and “fell in love with it completely”. The opera was thus a fitting…

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Climbing Opera’s Mt Everest: Wagner’s Ring Cycle

After three years of planning and more than 800 hours of rehearsal, the curtain rose on Opera Australia’s Ring cycle in November 2013. It was a history-making production,…

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The Tale of a Magic Flute, A Handsome Prince and his Feathered Friend

The tale of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, retold as a bedtime story with colourful pictures. Once upon a time in a fantasy land somewhere between…

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Playing Wagner: The Melbourne Ring Orchestra

In the music of most composers, you could forgive the eighth French horn player for nodding off. Not so in Wagner, and especially not in the…

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Horror Opera: Marschner’s Der Vampyr in Melbourne

A woman in love, a vampire fighting eternal damnation and a tested friendship. The story of Der Vampyr has all the melodrama of a 19th century…

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Debate: Art and Politics Cannot be Separated

When it comes to Wagner, can you love the music and hate the man? Artists and art-lovers on both sides of the fence locked horns at…

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