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Weekly round-up: the Ring cycle marches on and the Sydney Opera House has a birthday

Director Neil Armfield and Pietari Inkinen share a moment during a Ring sitzprobe. Photo by: Aidan Corrigan

Director Neil Armfield and Pietari Inkinen share a moment during a Ring cycle rehearsal. Photo by: Aidan Corrigan

Each Friday, we bring you a bite-size round-up of what’s happening in the hallowed halls of opera houses the world over.

This week…

  • The Opera Australia Ring cycle company have spent the week cloistered in sitzprobes in Melbourne, combining the incredible voices of the cast with the power of a Wagnerian orchestra. The countdown is on until opening night – in the meantime, you can read an in-depth look at the upcoming production in this spread by The Australian.
  • Meanwhile in the Harbour City, a week of celebrations for the Sydney Opera House’s 40th anniversary will be capped off with a spectacular concert featuring several of Opera Australia’s brightest stars. You can live stream the concert from 5.30pm on Sunday, 27th October on the Sydney Opera House YouTube Channel.
  • Performers shared beautiful reflections on Australia’s most famous house here, including Opera Australia’s principal artist Michael Honeyman.

Around the web

  • Director of the Royal Opera House Kasper Holten has given an interesting interview comparing his job to the high profile task of managing Manchester United. Kasper Holten is bringing his creative team from the Royal Opera House to direct Eugene Onegin for Opera Australia next year.
  • Fans of the US crime drama Breaking Bad might be pleased (or horrified) to discover that a New York-based opera company, Only World Symphony, has announced plans to stage a new opera based on the hit show next year. This news via Limelight.
  • Two Los Angeles arts companies have collaborated to create a “secret opera” inside California’s biggest train depot. The result offers an absolutely fascinating look at technology, opera and public spaces. Read about the endeavour and watch a video here.
  • We compiled a “Best of the web” list of opera blogs to enhance your daily procrastination time.

Just for fun

  • Singer Jacqui Dark found this fabulous Tumblr Blog of Symphony Orchestra stereotypes. (I’m sure we’d never find these in an opera orchestra … cough, cough.)
  • Another “flash mob” style stunt to bring classical music to the masses is a winner and well worth the five minutes it takes to watch.

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