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Weekly roundup: A missed entrance, a bedtime story and an unexpected Wagner fan

The final scene of Opera Australia's Götterdämmerung. Photo by Jeff Busby

The final scene of Opera Australia’s Götterdämmerung. Photo by Jeff Busby

The final performance of Götterdämmerung takes place at the Arts Centre Melbourne tonight, and for every single person involved, it’s been a wild ride. You can listen to the glorious music and world-class singing this evening from 3.40pm on ABC Classic FM. Tune in!

We set ourselves the challenge of adapting Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute into a bedtime story, something that could be enjoyed by children and adults alike. We think it turned out pretty charming! It’s a great way to introduce the colourful world of the opera to children, especially if you’re thinking of seeing Julie Taymor’s puppet-filled production at the Sydney Opera House this summer. Read the story here.

If you’re stuck for a Christmas idea for the person who has everything (or maybe seeking a new year full of incredible experiences), make sure you check out the Opera Australia Annual Online Auction. You can bid for all kinds of money-can’t-buy goodies.

Around the Web

  • La Scala has appointed Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly as Music Director from 2015.
  • New interviews reveal Jimi Hendrix had a classical bent:“I did Strauss and Wagner, those cats are good, and I think they are going to form the background of my music.”
  • La Scala has debuted a new La Traviata which is ruffling feathers at home and abroad (an odd design aesthetic, a Violetta who missed her entrance…). See some pictures and read more about it here.
  • A Western Sydney McDonalds has taken to playing opera music to discourage youths from loitering outside.  It seems to be working.

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