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The Jets © Prudence Upton
Sydney

West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

By , 23 March 2019
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Lise Lindstrom (Salome) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Seven fantasies replace seven veils: a gruesome Salome revived in Sydney

By , 06 March 2019
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Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

By , 22 February 2019
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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
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Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Hans Sachs) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne

By , 17 November 2018
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Yosep Kang (Rodolfo) and Maija Kovalevska (Mimì) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Life on the precipice: Opera Australia revives its Berlin Bohème

By , 07 November 2018
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Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

By , 10 August 2018
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Elena Gabouri (Amneris) and Amber Wagner (Aida) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia

By , 18 July 2018
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Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

By , 28 June 2018
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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

By , 01 May 2018
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

By , 17 April 2018
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Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo) and Iulia Maria Dan (Mimì) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns

By , 23 March 2018
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Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Sydney

Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

By , 19 March 2018
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
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Aidan (Sorrow) and Karah Son (Cio-Cio-San) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Sydney bids farewell to beloved Madama Butterfly

By , 26 October 2017
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Jonas Kaufmann © Keith Saunders
Sydney

The time has come: Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal

By , 09 August 2017
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Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Sydney

Sparking leads wow audience in rare Sydney concert performance of Thaïs

By , 24 July 2017
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Rinat Shaham (Carmen) and Christopher Hillier (Moralès) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance

By , 06 May 2017
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Teodor Ilincăi (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Tosca under Nazi occupation breaks hearts at Opera Australia

By , 25 February 2017
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Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Sicilian inspiration: Szymanowski's King Roger arrives in Sydney

By , 20 January 2017
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Dragana Radakovic (Santuzza), Dominica Matthews (Mamma Lucia) and Diego Torre (Turiddu) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Joined at the hip: Michieletto's brilliantly interwoven Cav & Pag in Sydney

By , 12 January 2017
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) and Lise Lindstrom (Brünnhilde) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

The way the world ends: brilliant Götterdämmerung crowns Melbourne cycle

By , 28 November 2016
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Treasure of the world: Vinke’s heroics ensure a memorable Siegfried in Melbourne

By , 25 November 2016
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Amber Wagner (Sieglinde) and Bradley Daley (Siegmund) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Spirals out of control: extraordinary singing in Die Walküre in Melbourne

By , 23 November 2016
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James Johnson (Wotan) and the Rainbow Girls © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Bring on the dancing girls: Rheingold redux in Melbourne

By , 21 November 2016
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Anna O'Byrne (Eliza Doolittle) © Jeff Busby
Sydney

My Fair Dame: Julie Andrews reigns in Sydney

By , 06 September 2016
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George Petean (Boccanegra) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Sterling performances help Simon Boccanegra shine in Sydney

By , 26 July 2016
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Andrew Jones (Guglielmo) and David Portillo (Ferrando) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Through a class darkly: McVicar's Così in Sydney

By , 19 July 2016
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Rosario La Spina (The Prince) and Catherine Bouchier (Princess Nicoletta) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Laugh out loud production of The Love for Three Oranges in Sydney

By , 22 June 2016
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Yonghoon Lee (Don José) and Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Dance of Death: Carmen at Opera Australia

By , 21 June 2016
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Dragana Radakovic (Turandot) and Riccardo Massi (Calaf) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Chinese symbols abound in enjoyable Turandot on Sydney Harbour

By , 24 March 2016
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Diego Torre (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Luisa) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Great singing redeems a Verdi rarity at the Sydney Opera House

By , 11 February 2016
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Paolo Bordogna as Figaro © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Laughs aplenty in Rossini’s Barber at the Sydney Opera House

By , 28 January 2016
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© Jon Green
Sydney

Opera Australia's The Rabbits: Terracini responds to his critics

By , 21 January 2016
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Ekaterina Siurina (Leïla) and Pavol Breslik (Nadir) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Vocal jewels in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles in Sydney

By , 21 January 2016
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John Longmuir (Tamino) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Puppetry and pantomime: The Magic Flute in Sydney

By , 07 January 2016
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Adrian Tamburini (Alcindoro) and Lorina Gore (Musetta) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Bohemians in Berlin: Musetta steals the Opera Australia show

By , 06 January 2016
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Latonia Moore (Elisabetta) © Jamie Williams
Sydney

Latonia Moore stars in lavish Don Carlos revival in Sydney

By , 07 August 2015
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Lorina Gore (Violetta) and José Carbó (Giorgio Germont) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Plush costumes and lavish sets make up for musical shortfalls in Opera Australia’s La traviata

By , 09 July 2015
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Luke Gabbedy (Ping), John Longmuir (Pong) and Graeme Macfarlane (Pang) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Visually striking Turandot crowned by excellent performances in Sydney

By , 30 June 2015
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Sydney

Celestial Latonia Moore stars in spectacular Sydney Harbour Aida

By , 27 March 2015
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Sydney

The spiritual and the hedonistic: McVicar's take on Faust triumphs in Sydney

By , 17 February 2015
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Melbourne

Falstaff in Melbourne: a high-calibre, cavorting, colour-coded comedy

By , 01 December 2014
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Melbourne

Entertainingly taut Don Pasquale takes a Roman Holiday

By , 19 November 2014
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Melbourne

A plausible and wretchedly frightening Tosca opens in Melbourne

By , 12 November 2014
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Sydney

The soulless predator: McVicar's modern take on Don Giovanni in Australia

By , 30 July 2014
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Sydney

Strong cast makes Sydney Otello a gripping experience

By , 05 July 2014
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Sydney

A scarlet and black Rigoletto captures the passions in Sydney

By , 02 July 2014
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Sydney

Sparks fly in thought-provoking Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

By , 21 March 2014
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