Nicole Car has won first prize in Neue Stimmen, Opera Australia announces the cast for The King and I and in South Australia, controversy smoulders over a new opera.
Opera Australia’s young principal soprano Nicole Car took out joint first prize in what is arguably the world’s most prestigious singing competition: Neue Stimmen 2013. Listen to her encore performance of “Tacea la notte placida/Di Tale amor” from Il Trovatore by Verdi and you can see why:
Nicole Car is performing for Opera Australia next year as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Mimi in La Bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Desdemona in Otello.
- Opera Australia has announced an impressive cast for 2014’s The King and I. The revival of Christopher Renshaw’s production will star Lisa McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Shu-Cheen Yu and Adrian Li Donni. Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is a timeless musical that contemporary audiences will relate to. Watch an interview with some of the cast and creatives here.
Around the web
- While the State Opera of South Australia is attracting great reviews for its production of The Force of Destiny, the company is also fighting a little controversy following their announcement of a new opera work based around the disappearance of the Beaumont children – an event etched into South Australian memories. The opera is based on a novel. While some politicians and journalists have called the work offensive and a “wankfest”, others such as David Washington are asking the important question:
“If artists don’t explore the dark and troubling events of our time, who will?” – David Washington, InDaily
What do you think? Are tragedies within living memory appropriate material for new artistic works? Tell us in the comments.
- Veteran British baritone-turned-director Sir Thomas Allen is directing a new production of Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera. He gives some interesting insight into Mozart’s “great antihero” in this interview with The Guardian’s Kate Molleson.
- Deborah Voigt publicly scolded Spotify for advertising her recordings on her Facebook page this week. Digital streaming services stand to change the way we consume music – and more potential to disrupt income for artists than iTunes before it. For context, David Byrne wrote a great piece explaining the digital challenge here. It seems to be a question of perspective – the article quotes cellist Zoë Keating in defence of Spotify
Spotify is “awesome as a listening platform. In my opinion artists should view it as a discovery service rather than a source of income.” – Zoë Keating, The Guardian
Just for fun
- We took a dip into the Opera Australia archives to bring you 7 Sensational Sword Scenes in Opera
- Stephen Fry hosts a discussion between scientists on the connection between emotions and music. What do you think? Is there a science to opera? Read and watch the fun here.