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Weekly round up: South Pacific flash dance takes over Sydney Opera House; and the opera world says goodbye to New York City Opera

South Pacific Flash Dance

Sydneysiders flock to the steps of the Sydney Opera House to help celebrate the return season of South Pacific.

Sydneysiders donned colourful leis on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, a Top 10 with a twist, re-imagining musical instruments and New York says goodbye to City Opera.

Sydneysiders donned their Hawaiian shirts, sailor hats and leis and headed to the Sydney Opera House steps to help celebrate the return season of Opera Australia’s production of South Pacific with a flash dance. DJ Dan Murphy and his team from Rock Your Box led several hundred revellers in a mass dance lesson before being joined by South Pacific cast members in a dance to remixed songs from the show. Were you there? Can you spot yourself in the video below? South Pacific continues at the Sydney Opera House until 2 November, then moves to Perth and Adelaide

  • In sad news from across the Pacific, New York City Opera has cancelled the remainder of their 2013-2014 season after an unsuccessful emergency appeal to raise $7 million and will close its doors after seventy years. Spokeswoman Risa Heller said:

“New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal,” Heller said. “Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the chapter 11 process.” Source: The Guardian

Often dubbed “The People’s Opera”, City Opera helped begin the careers of Placido Domingo, Samuel Ramey & Renée Fleming. Anna Nicole is the last show to be presented by the company.

  • LISTEN: Pianist Roland Lamb has invented a new instrument called the Seaboard. What is it? In a recent interview with the BBC’s Rebecca Kesby, Lamb said “[The Seaboard] is a new re-imagination of the piano where we’ve translated the hard, separate black & white keys into a single continuous wave-like surface that allows you to create more expression as you play”. Listen to the full interview here or watch it in action
  • WATCH: American soprano Renée Fleming stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman and performed “The Top 10 Opera Lyrics” as judged by the show. Watch Renée’s cheeky twist on popular arias:


  • The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra is a one of a kind orchestra and has been fashioning instruments out of fresh vegetables since 1998. From carrots to parnsips to celery and capsicum, these performers recreate the sounds of the orchestra. Great behind the scenes photos here
  • And finally, does the result between Roosters and Sea Eagles faze you? If not, why not enjoy some armchair opera instead. Hiromi Omura’s heartbreaking role in Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly is screening on ABC 1 Television this Sunday 6 October at 2.30pm. Hiromi’s next appearance in Sydney will be for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly in March-April 2014. Tickets here

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

3 Responses to “Weekly round up: South Pacific flash dance takes over Sydney Opera House; and the opera world says goodbye to New York City Opera”


    Just a thought but maybe you missed Opera SA and their productions of La forza del destino and Madama Butterfly, and of course Der Ring des Nibelungen in Melbourne, but of course none of these productions were in the capital of New South Wales

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