Peter Coleman-Wright and Merlyn Quaife during a dress rehearsal of Bliss in 2010: it is one of few important local operas over the past three decades to have been staged a second time.
Australian operas have been written about many pressing topics - from the Stolen Generations to the Lindy Chamberlain case - but few have been staged a second time. What is going wrong?
Dancers in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of Aida at the Sydney Opera House.
Opera Australia's new production of Aida features movable LED panels with digital scenery. It's part of a revolution transforming the art form.
The cast of Victorian Opera’s staging of William Tell.
In its original form, Rossini's William Tell went for five hours. Yet soon after its 1829 debut it was being cut for the comfort of its audience. Its Overture - a mere 12 minutes - has become one of the most famous pieces of classical music.
Brenton Spiteri as the priest of Baal, with Emma Pearson as Athalia, Queen of Judah.
Pinchgut's typically excellent production of Athalia brings vividly to life the tale of the rogue Biblical queen.
Opera goers are high multiplier voters. Win them over and you might get a few more supporters along the way.
Veiled girls appear with death masks in Sydney Chamber Opera’s The Howling Girls.
A new opera explores the story of five girls who believed that debris from the World Trade Centre was lodged in their throats after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Allan Clayton as Hamlet and Lorina Gore as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s opera at the Adelaide Festival.
Neil Armfield's production of the Brett Dean opera Hamlet is a confronting three hours in the theatre, but then so is Shakespeare's play. The second act is devastating in its emotional impact.
Livecasting in cinemas is only part of the solution in the struggle to attract larger and younger audiences.
Martin Winkler and Virgilio Marino in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of The Nose at the Sydney Opera House.
Expatriate Australian director Barrie Kosky and Shostakovich's modernist opera The Nose seem made for each other. It was sung in an expressive English translation - and the tap-dancing noses brought the house down.
One way to help opera lose its elitist image is to write new ones in regional accents. But can classically trained singers adapt their style?
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Opera is treated differently to other artforms in Australia.
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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…
Anna Dowsley in The Rape of Lucretia: the story is originally recounted in Livy and has been used since as an allegory of civic virtue and Republican zeal.
An austere, crystalline allegorical opera has been reinterpreted for our contemporary age.
Using the right metaphor in science is important.
Theatre is undergoing a virtual revolution.
Elvis's impressive vocal range and his technical ability made his voice an instrument that even opera singers have lined up to pay tribute to.
Saul at the Adelaide Festival: the early scenes feel like hallucinatory dreamscapes unanchored in space.
With its themes of family dysfunction, love, death, madness and the supernatural, this Old Testament story is ready-made for opera.
Meow Meow stars in Victorian Opera’s ‘Tis Pity.
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Victoria Opera's 'Tis Pity brings a litany of harlots to the stage, but doesn't give its female lead many characters to play with. Indeed it risks capitulating to the very 'male hypocrisy' it seeks to address.
A mosaic of King Roger II: we should celebrate his 12th-century example of inter-cultural collaboration.
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A new production of the opera King Roger will open this week. At a time when Europe was charged with fear of the 'Muslim threat', this 12th century king collaborated with an Islamic scholar on an extraordinary project.
Valda Wilson as Theodora: a triumph.
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This brilliant production of Handel's Theodora, written in 1750, has great contemporary resonance.