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The week in opera: retirements, revolutions, reactions

The Royal Opera House says farewell to an iconic show, The King and I cast dances on and your reactions to Madama Butterfly on the Harbour.

Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton. Photo by James Morgan.

Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton. Photo by James Morgan.

By Charlotte Moore

Hearts are breaking six nights a week in Sydney as thousands of people watch the beautiful tragedy of Madama Butterfly unfold against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Here are a few of the audience responses:

 

 

  • Rehearsals are in full swing in Melbourne for Opera Australia’s Autumn season, which will open with Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto, on April 12.
  • Meanwhile in Sydney, Swarovski crystals are glittering and shoes tapping along to the final studio rehearsals of The King and I, before the company moves to Brisbane to begin stage rehearsals next week.
  • Thrilling tenor Georgy Vasilev talks villainy, Puccini and his Pinkerton debut.

 

Around the web

The iconic John Copley production of La Boheme will be retired after 41 years. Image: Bill Cooper/ Royal Opera House.

The iconic John Copley production of La Boheme will be retired after 41 years. Image: Bill Cooper/ Royal Opera House.

  • After 404 performances over 41 years, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden decides to retire its veteran production of La Boheme.
  • The Sydney Opera House decides to reinvent its iconic interval ‘ding-dong’, encouraging young musicians to compose a new replacement fanfare that will be recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra. Think you’ve got what it takes? Entries close on May 19, but you must be between 12 and 21.
  • Revolutionary and revelatory opera storms into London as the authentic Elizabethan Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opens with Franceso Cavalli’s 17th century masterpiece L’Ormindo.
  • The Metropolitan Opera introduces a new era of international stars to the world at its annual National Council Auditions Grand Finals. The five winners were picked from a record 1500 auditionees.
  • In San Diego, the board of San Diego Opera have signalled there may be hope for the company’s future, delaying the closure of the company while they seek more information.

Just for fun

Adrian Li-Donni and Lisa McCune at a media call for The King and I. Photo by: Jim Lee.

Adrian Li-Donni and Lisa McCune at a media call for The King and I. Photo by: Jim Lee.

Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes put the Morning Show’s Kylie Gilles and Larry Emdur through their paces in that famous scene from The King and I: “Shall we dance?” Needless to say they may need to look elsewhere for understudies.

 

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