Category Archives: Opera

It’s Official: Age of Entitlement Over at Opera Australia

It’s early morning the Friday after New Year. Lyndon Terracotta, Artistic Director of Bopopera Australia, has come in early to his waterfront office to be greeted by a curt text from his PA: “Mr T! You’re on Slipped Disc again. … Continue reading

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A reaction to @operaaustralia’s Eugene Onegin

Last night your correspondent saw the last night of Opera Australia’s Eugene Onegin. It was, personally, a special occasion, but that is irrelevant, other than to say the production matched the occasion. Nicole Car was magnificent. The orchestra played with … Continue reading

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Lovers’ Metamorphoses: Richard Mills’ “Love of the Nightingale” at Sydney Opera House

Does “The Love of the Nightingale” really find its moral resolution “in the freedom of uninhibited enquiry” as stated in the Opera Australia synopsis? No. Although a disappointingly trite final scene makes such an attempt, more about which later, the … Continue reading

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The Turn of the Screw

Can a ghost story be relevant to a 21st century audience? In this correspondent’s view, yes, particularly if it is presented in a way that does not preclude any one interpretation of the story’s narrative and emotion. The Victorian Opera’s … Continue reading

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Now that I have seen Bliss, and, overall, enjoyed the experience, it is a pity not to be so fulsome in praise. The music is excellent and blends cleverly with the singing, never obtruding in the climaxes, although there were … Continue reading

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