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Jake Arditti (Nero) in Coronation of Poppea: the production is a haze of drug-fuelled violence, erotic drive, and dog eat dog power plays. Brett Boardman

Pinchgut’s Poppea plays hedonism, violence and passion to the hilt

The Monteverdi opera exploring passion in ancient Rome has been transposed to a contemporary gangster setting in a new Sydney production.
Opera is treated differently to other artforms in Australia. AAP Image/Tracey NearmyAAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Does opera deserve its privileged status within arts funding?

It is a strange reality but opera as an artform is always given special and arguably preferential treatment by governments and other influential forces in Western society. This happens, it seems, regardless…
Saul at the Adelaide Festival: the early scenes feel like hallucinatory dreamscapes unanchored in space. Tony Lewis

Barrie Kosky’s Saul: a masterpiece of operatic staging

With its themes of family dysfunction, love, death, madness and the supernatural, this Old Testament story is ready-made for opera.

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