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The voices that can be used in a show like this are not those one would hear in Madama Butterfly. Patrick (Peter Cousens), Ellen (Melissa Madden Grey), The Divorce. ABC TV.

It’s TV! It’s opera! What to make of ABC’s The Divorce

The kinds of voices that can be used in a show like ABC's The Divorce are certainly not typical of those one would hear in Madama Butterfly. But – and let's be honest for a second – does it matter?
Rabbits transgresses the increasingly porous boundary traditional opera and contemporary musical theatre to great effect. Jon Green

A genre-hopping triumph: The Rabbits

The Rabbits has adapted Shaun Tan's evocative paintings and John Marsden's spare storytelling into a rich and compelling "opera".
Graeme Macfarlane (Goro) and Hiromi Omura (Cio-Cio-San) in Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly (2015). Jeff Busby

Is it time for Madama Butterfly to flutter by?

Opera Australia has once again posted a major operating loss and is weathering criticism for its very safe repertoire. Both these points merit consideration in the federal government's National Opera Review.
Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri wrote a homophobic letter to her country’s president, praising anti-gay violence. Facebook

Tamar Iveri is a homophobe – was Opera Australia right to sack her?

Opera Australia (OA) has dealt with what was becoming a significant boycott threat by sacking the Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri. The company had planned to bring her to Australia to perform the role of…
Carmen’s rhythms set her body in perpetual motion – contagious and seductive. Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Carmen & the Opera Australia Chorus, photo: Branco Gaica

Bizet’s femme fatale: Carmen and the music of seduction

The fictional character of Carmen – the heroine of Bizet’s opera – attracts a range of labels which variously position her as seductress, femme fatale, sex addict, fate/ death obsessed, victim, liberated…
The Valkyries in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle aren’t the only ones to feel emotional. Jeff Busby

Wagner’s Ring Cycle works people up – but why?

Opera Australia is currently performing Richard Wagner’s most famous work, Der Ring des Nibelungen – The Ring Cycle – marking the bicentenary of the composer’s birth, at a reported cost of A$20 million…
Wagner has been inflaming people for a long time. Jeff Busby

The Melbourne Ring Cycle is a once in a century celebration

Even if you’ve not had the chance to see it, you’ll know Melbourne is currently going to town over Wagner and The Ring Cycle. There’s a clear historic precedent for this – but we have to go back a whole…
The Melbourne Ring Cycle is big, befitting the opera’s stature. Jeff Busby

Explainer: Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen

It should come as no surprise in the nation that gave the world the Big Pineapple, the Big Guitar, the Big Sheep, and, for that matter, a Big Ad, that the size of a cultural artefact in and of itself is…

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