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Lorina Gore, Jane Ede and Dominica Matthews model their Rhinemaiden costumes. Photo by: Keith Saunders

Lorina Gore, Jane Ede and Dominica Matthews model their Rhinemaiden costumes. Photo by: Keith Saunders

  • It’s just over three weeks until opening night for Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle and bits and pieces of the very-secret design aesthetic are starting to be revealed.

The Opera Blog interviewed Alice Babidge to get a sneak peak of the costume designs and an idea of her motivations. Read the full story here.

“I don’t necessarily want to create the kind of traditional fantasy that people are accustomed to seeing on stage. I create pictures of a world that we know and we live in.” – Alice Babidge

  • Broadsheet Sydney published an interesting piece on the addictive power of Wagner’s Ring, asking, “just what is the power of the Ring that holds people in thrall?” Read the piece and see some behind-the-scenes pictures here.

For the diary


Miso beef: one of the gourmet offerings served in the Platinum Club at
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

  • Opera on Sydney Harbour always promises spectacle and singing, now Fresh Catering have given an insight into what the food experience will be like: following the cultural thread at the heart of Puccini’s opera, the menu will feature Japanese flavours with a contemporary Australian twist. Whet your appetite!

To preview the whole night’s experience, watch this:

  • Tickets for the 2014 Brisbane and Sydney seasons of The King and I went on sale this week.
  • More (free) tickets have been released for Melbourne’s opera spectacular under the stars: Mazda Opera in the Bowl. Get in quick to secure your place at this delightful annual event.

Around the web

  • Critics have called WA Opera’s La boheme a “delight“.
  • As part of the Melbourne Ring Festival, the Arts Centre is hosting a costume exhibition called “All that Glitters”. Soprano Taryn Fiebig shares her most embarrassing costume moment in a great piece from the weekend papers.

Just for fun

  • The Ring operas in comic strip form.
  • Some costume ideas for Halloween from the opera vault.
  • Ailing opera characters get a Doctor Google diagnosis. Gold!

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