- Announcing …. Aida on Sydney Harbour will feature four camels, including a baby, when it opens on the iconic site in March. Read more on smh.com.au.
- Don Pasquale opened at Arts Centre Melbourne in all of its bubbly, Roman Holiday-inspired comedy last week. The reviews are full of praise for Rachelle Durkin’s poise and vocal prowess:
“ She has the world’s most expressive legs and her physical comedy was consistently brilliant … Vocally, Durkin was even more stunning. She sang her virtuosic role with sparkling agility throughout her range, while running, posing and gesturing the whole time.”
Read the Herald Sun review.
- Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell won the recognition of the Australian Production Design Guild awards for his set design of Tosca, currently playing at Arts Centre Melbourne. Scott-Mitchell was awarded the APDG Award for Set Design for Stage this week. (See it on stage until December 13. Tickets and more information at opera.org.au). Lighting designer Damien Cooper also won a gong for his design on the Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013.
- Speaking of awards, Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour won the Gold Award at the NSW Tourism Awards in the Festivals and Events category this week.
- Opera Australia is selling tickets at up to 50 per cent off in a 48-hour web-sale starting midday Monday. All the details here.
Around the web
- Jonas Kaufmann and Madonna? The gossip wheels are turning. (via Parterre Box)
- £35 million plans to overhaul the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (via The Telegraph)
- The Metropolitan Opera has announced a deficit of $22 million (via New York Times)
- James Horner, composer of the Titanic soundtrack, says Classical Music is stuffy … but he’s got a fix (via Classic FM)
Just for fun
- The world’s most glamorous opera stars (via The Telegraph)
- 18 beautiful historic opera posters (via Classic FM)