Opera Australia fondly remembers baritone Robert Allman, plenty of good reads from around the web this week and some fun clips to get you through to the weekend.
- The Australian opera world lost a giant this week with the passing of baritone Robert Allman at 86. He was one of the greats, singing alongside Pavarotti and Sutherland at various times during his prime. He was also a generous artist and many young artists flourished under his eye. You can read an obituary here and a moving tribute from a conductor who knew him well, Brian Castles-Onion. ABC Classic FM will dedicate Saturday’s The Opera Show to Bob’s memory.
- There’s still plenty of buzz around the Arts Centre in Melbourne as the second cycle comes to an end and the third and final cycle begins tonight. If you’re somebody who tweets (or even if you’d just like a stickybeak), check out the conversation via #melbournering.
- ABC Classic FM will live broadcast each opera in the Melbourne Ring Cycle from Friday evening onwards. If you’d like to hear the immense assembled talent, click here for details.
Around the web
- We brought you an exclusive interview with down-to-earth diva Nicole Car (on balance, burnout and ball gowns).
- The lads have had the spotlight too long. Move over, Barihunks. Meet … Mezzosexual.
- Rupert Christiansen tells the English National Opera to get back to basics in order to please the public.
- A tribute to Maria Callas’ spellbinding power, in honour of the star’s 90th birthday (if she was alive today).
- A new opera from Composer Rufus Wainwright and playwright Daniel Macivor about the life of Roman emperor Hadrian, commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company.
For the diary
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is running a fascinating exhibition of the trappings of show business, including plenty of Opera Australia’s costumes and wigs. Read more here.
Just for fun
- Carmen like you’ve never seen it before: skateboarding at the opera (the merging of two great arts?)
- The “homeless Mozart” who stunned Vancouver crowds
- Electric Violin duo Fuse play the world’s first ever 24-carat golden violins (worth $2 million a pop) http://www.fuseofficial.com/gold-violins.php