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The week in opera: heroes, villains and leading ladies

Lisa McCune and the children's cast of the King and I celebrate 200 performances. Photo: Jennifer Williams.

Lisa McCune and the children’s cast of the King and I celebrate 200 performances. Photo: Jennifer Williams.

  • As the cast of The King and I marks its 200th performance this week, Lisa McCune reflects on working with children, musical theatre and what keeps her on stage (via The Opera Blog)
  • The hero and villain of our new production of Tosca reflect on their roles and why Puccini is so enchanting (via The Opera Blog)
  • The immensely talented Julie Lea Goodwin joins the our Young Artist Program for 2015.
  • Opera Australia announces ventures into India (via Daily Review)

Around the web

  • Barry Kosky renewed as director of Komische Oper (via Slipped Disc)
  • When WA Opera took Carmen off the schedule in deference to a health sponsorship deal, the government stepped in. (via ABC)
  • The 8 qualities of cultured people (via Brainpickings)
  • Syrian refugees deliver message of peace through … Mozart (via Reuters)
  • How much is an opera singer’s work worth? (via NYTimes)
  • Rome Opera has fired its orchestra and Chorus (via WQXR)
  • A beautiful ode to translation and interpretation, failure and art, as a playwright reflects on translating The Cherry Orchard

    “I have probably failed in my version. I haven’t captured the breadth of the play or its truth or comedy or sexiness… I never could have done. Nobody could have done. No matter how brilliant their Russian. No matter how masterful their stagecraft. The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly. The nature of theatre means that to aspire to do so is slightly perverse.

    Instead we try to make versions of versions of versions. That is the essence of our work and it defines our art form.” (via The Guardian)

Just for fun

Hugh Grant as Chopin in the 1991 ‘Impromptu’.

The worst classical music movies ever made (via Classic FM)

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