Opera Australia Blog

Weekly round up: Opera news at home and abroad

Katherine Wiles poses at the Devils Marbles

Katherine Wiles poses as Donna Elvira for The Australian’s
photographer Kelly Barnes. Photo by: Aidan Corrigan

Your weekly dose of opera news, reviews and happenings around the world – in helpful bite-sized pieces.


  • Snakebite, tinned tuna and dirt roads are just some of the hazards involved with taking an opera on tour: read a beautiful feature from The Australian on Opera Australia’s Oz Opera’s tours through the outback here.
  • Mezzo-sopranos almost never get the guy and never get the fancy death scene. Cranetrax has put together an amusing infographic chronicling 300 years of mezzo typecasting (featuring our very own Jacqui Dark).
  • Opera Australia launched its 2014 season in style at Hamer Hall on Friday night, with performances by James Egglestone, Nicole Car, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and Warwick Fyfe accompanied by Orchestra Victoria. You can read a beginner’s guide to the Melbourne season here and the Sydney season here.
  • Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini gives a characteristically bold statement in a video interview for the AFR, saying the audience will always be the judge of what Opera Australia is doing.
  • Opera of South Australia has received glowing (if bloody!) reviews for Salome.
  • Boutique opera company Harbour City Opera present an unusual mashup tonight at NIDA Parade Theatre in Sydney, performing Act 1 of Wagner’s second Ring opera, Die Walkure, alongside Act 1 of Mozart’s classic, Cosi fan tutte.
  • OperaNow Magazine readers have a few treats in store this month. Don’t miss the feature on the Melbourne Ring Cycle on page 57, and there’s a brief snippet from world-renowned Brünnhilde Susan Bullock on her upcoming performance in Melbourne in November.

“Wagner gives you a huge personality to get your teeth into and there’s no stone left unturned in the exploration of this character over the course of three operas. It’s a wonderful vocal, emotional and dramatic journey.” – Susan Bullock

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