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The week in opera: sun, sand and Simon O’Neill

A (almost) weekly roundup of news, views and goings on in the opera world.

Close to home

A scene from The Magic Flute, performed on Coolangatta Beach in Queensland.

A scene from The Magic Flute, performed on Coolangatta Beach in Queensland.

Australia’s very first Opera on the Beach opens tomorrow night, and it’s right at home on Queensland’s Gold Coast. There are still a few tickets available for the three-night-only production of The Magic Flute.

Simon O’Neill is delighting in every moment as he prepares to debut Otello at Sydney Opera House next month.

“I just cannot wait to do this role on stage. Dramatically, the character of Otello is a gift to try and portray. The music is so delicious, the Verdi is so unbelievably great.”

Simon O’Neill is one of New Zealand’s great operatic exports, singing Wagner all around the world.

Read the rest of this exclusive interview here.

The Turk in Italy opened at the Arts Centre Melbourne last week in a flurry of colour and coloratura. Get a glimpse of the riot of laughs in this ABC News Breakfast piece.

Around the world

San Diego Opera has nearly reached its fundraising goal to save the company and put on an opera season in 2015.

The English National Opera has jumped on board the international trend of staging commercial musicals, in a bid to find a revenue stream to pour back into opera.

In The Guardian, Tom Sider asks which opera is best for first-timers – (add your thoughts in the comments below!).

Just for fun

Last week’s anniversary of the premiere of The Marriage of Figaro had plenty of people thanking Mozart for such a gift.

Here’s why: 

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