Opera Australia Blog

The week in opera: art can’t escape politics

What’s happening close to home, around the world and something for fun.

Close to home

  • Opera Australia have launched a beautiful new campaign video that highlights the passion and beauty of a night at the opera.
  • There’s just over a week left to see the Helpmann Award-winning The King and I before it dances out of the Sydney Opera House for good.
  • At The Opera Centre, rehearsals have begun for the bubbly comedy Don Pasquale and the thrilling tragedy Tosca. Both operas are playing Arts Centre Melbourne this Spring.
  • Why did the premiere of Tosca attract bomb threats? Find out in this cheat sheet (via The Opera Blog)
  • Melbournians are invited to have dinner at the opera, and as a bonus, we’ve got a recipe for Florentine Steak. (via The Opera Blog)

Around the world

  • With characteristic charm and wit, Kate Miller-Heidke has written a backstage account of performing in The Death of Klinghoffer. If you read one thing about this controversy, read this: (via The Australian)
  • Composer John Adams is both distressed and bemused by the reaction to his The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. (via Wall Street Journal)
  • Meryl Streep to play famously terrible opera singer in a new biopic (via AV Club)
  • In Belfast, a well-meaning disability access scheme at the Grand Opera House has just attracted a whole lot of freeloaders (via The Telegraph)


Just for fun

16 steps to being an absolutely epic conductor (via Classic FM)


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