All the news from the opera world this week.
- 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
- 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)