Opening traditional theatres and smaller venues may not be physically or financially viable. But with winter coming and the arts industry floundering, something needs to be done.
Opera Australia has been hit hard by the pandemic's economic impact. It's time to rethink our approach to funding opera, with a focus on local companies.
Is music the best medium to respond to traumatic events like the COVID-19 pandemic? A recent history of such pieces suggests maybe not.
Policy makers and arts sectors together need to reimagine how we might organize contracts, leverage networks and change supports to create more long-term opportunities for arts workers in Canada.
While the name of the season - now online - suggests breaking through opera's glass ceiling, the violent imagery fits the context of ecological disaster, inequality, mental illness, and dystopia.
A new narration written by Alison Croggon and performed by Eryn Jean Norvill comes together in triumph.
Why shouting diversity just doesn't cut it if the system is designed to keep people out.
Vivaldi's Farnace is a masterpiece of 17th century opera, but has been largely forgotten. This new production is the best revival production by Pinchgut Opera yet.
Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. "Le Dernier Sorcier", composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.
Nebuchadnezzar was a warrior-king of the Neo-Babylonian empire. And now, Kanye West has written an opera inspired by him.
This new version of Gluck's opera, from Opera Queensland and Circa, is raw, physical and confronting. Completely captivating and deeply moving.
A new opera focuses more on the personal life of artist Brett Whiteley than his artistic creations. As the opera reveals, a life like Whiteley’s does not offer a clear moral message.
Opera companies around the world are grappling with an ever-widening gap between a repertoire frozen in time and an increasingly critical audience.
Gioachino Rossini's opera was originally meant as a satire of royalist France. A new production updates the work for a modern audience, setting the drama in a museum where the paintings come to life.
Despite the exclusion of their creative work from mainstream opera companies, Australian women composers are creating spaces for themselves, writing work that tackles urgent social issues.
It is rare to have a new production of an Australian opera - a vivid new performance of The Children's Bach was refreshing to see.
A new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute uses animation to bring the fantastical opera to life.
Realism and addressing pressing contemporary South African societal issues have been the focus of local opera since 1995.
Based on a play by Georg Büchner, Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck brings visions of a tormented fusilier's terror to life through music.
The Australian premiere of La Passion de Simone uses multiple voices to tell a story about philosopher Simone Weil. But the work lacks the emotional drama of its subject's life.