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The week in opera: Community choirs, Halloween Costumes and campaigns

All the news from the opera world this week.


Emma Matthews in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo by Branco Gaica.

  • Still seeking a Halloween costume on this freaky weekend? We’ve got you covered. (via The Opera Blog)
  • On 1st November, nearly 500 singers from across Western Sydney will converge on the Sydney Opera House in a Community Choirs concert alongside Opera Australia soloists. For many, it’ll be their first time at the Sydney Opera House. (via Daily Telegraph)
  • A fun guide to the 1950s vibe of Opera Australia’s new Don Pasquale, heading for Melbourne very soon. (via The Opera Blog)
  • Melburnians, don’t forget you’re invited to a free Preview Night for Tosca on November 6 at Arts Centre Melbourne. (More via opera.org.au)
  • Opera Australia was announced as a finalist in the National Disability Awards for its work with Auslan Shadow-Interpreters in schools. (More via opera.org.au)

Around the world

Andrew Moran as Donner in Opera Australia's Ring Cycle. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Andrew Moran as Donner in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle. Photo by Jeff Busby.

  • Young singers get top gongs: Kathryn Radcliffe just won the Herald Sun Aria competition, (more via Herald Sun) while baritone Andrew Moran has just won the Etihad Airways Italian Opera Foundation Scholarship. Congratulations both!
  • Two senior artistic staff depart WA Opera (via Limelight)
  • A viral campaign (#letjoycesing) ends with Joyce DiDonato singing the national anthem at the Baseball World Series (via heavy.com)
  • With all the Klinghoffer kerfuffle in New York, the media has spilt a lot of ink on the merits of the work. But the reviews are in, so let’s talk about the merits of the performance. (via Vulture)
  • A postmodern opera for a busy train station (via NYTimes)


Just for fun

18 of the best classical music jokes (via Classic FM)

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