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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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Adam Bull (Danilo) and Amber Scott (Hanna) © Daniel Boud
Sydney

An utterly charming night with the Australian Ballet’s Merry Widow

By , 28 April 2018
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Kevin Jackson and Iana Jones in Murphy's Firebird © Daniel Boud
Sydney

Fifty years on: The Australian Ballet celebrates the great Graeme Murphy

By , 09 April 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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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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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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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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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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Michael Fabiano (Faust) and Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Méphistophélès) © Lisa Tomasetti | Opera Australia
Sydney

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

By , 17 February 2015
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Don Giovanni) © Lisa Tomasetti
Sydney

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

By , 30 July 2014
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Claudio Sgura (Iago) and Simon O'Neill (Otello) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Strong cast makes Sydney Otello a gripping experience

By , 05 July 2014
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Gianluca Terranova (Duke) and Giorgio Caoduro (Rigoletto) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

A scarlet and black Rigoletto captures the passions in Sydney

By , 02 July 2014
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Suite en Blanc © The Australian Ballet
Sydney

The Australian Ballet show off their strengths with Imperial Suite

By , 02 May 2014
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Art to Sky © Jess Bialek
Sydney

The Australian Ballet take on the challenge of Chroma

By , 01 May 2014
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Manon © Australian Ballet
Sydney

The Australian Ballet's Manon gets the stars, misses the sky

By , 07 April 2014
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Nicole Car (Tatyana) © Lisa Tomasetti
Sydney

Inspired production of Eugene Onegin comes to Sydney

By , 28 February 2014
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Conal Coad, John Longmuir, Kanen Breen, Jane Ede, Michael Lewis and Elvira Fatykhova, Michael Lewis, ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Understudies deliver in a rollicking Albert Herring

By , 16 August 2013
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Emma Matthews as Violetta Valéry © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Visually splendid La Traviata from Opera Australia fails to move

By , 09 August 2013
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Rachelle Durkin as Norina & Conal Coad as Don Pasquale  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Sparkling Don Pasquale at the Sydney Opera House a real treat

By , 24 July 2013
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John Bolton Wood as Sacristan & Opera Australia Chorus  ©  Prudence Upton
Sydney

John Bell's updated Tosca retains the magic in Sydney

By , 06 July 2013
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Svetla Vassileva as Leonora  ©  Prudence Upton
Sydney

Compelling new production of La Forza del Destino at Sydney Opera House

By , 29 June 2013
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Rachelle Durkin and Andrew Brunsdon,  ©  Lisa Tomasetti.
Sydney

Opera Australia serve up a comically modern Orpheus in the Underworld in Sydney

By , 28 February 2013
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Warwick Fyfe as Falstaff  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

A belly-full of laughs at Opera Australia's production of Verdi's Falstaff

By , 15 February 2013
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Milijana Nikolic as Azucena, Michael Honeyman as Count Di Luna & chorus  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Efficient Trovatore at the Sydney Opera House

By , 29 January 2013
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Diego Torre as Gustav III & José Carbó as Count Ankarström. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti.
Sydney

Memorable re-visioning of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera at the Sydney Opera House

By , 24 January 2013
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Hiromi Omura and James Egglestone  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

A world-class Madama Butterfly from Opera Australia

By , 17 October 2012
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Cheryl Barker as Salome reclining with the head of Jokannan  ©  Lisa Tomasetti
Sydney

Heady stuff: A visceral production of Salome at Sydney Opera House

By , 12 October 2012
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Opera Australia's Lucia di Lammermoor: Emma Matthews as Lucia and Giorgio Caoduro as Enrico  ©  Branco Gaica 2012
Sydney

Emma Matthews delivers in Opera Australia's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 28 September 2012
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Opera Australia's Aida: Milijana Nikolic as Amneris and Latonia Moore as Aida  ©  Branco Gaica 14 July 2012
Sydney

Latonia Moore shines in Sydney Aida

By , 24 July 2012
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Cheryl Barker as Marie or Mariette with perfoming artists of Opera Australia  ©  Lisa Tomasetti
Sydney

Opera Australia pushes boundaries with Korngold's Die tote Stadt

By , 18 July 2012
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Opera Australia's 'The Pearlfishers'  ©  Branco Gaica 2 July 2012 with Henry Choo as Nadir and Nicole Car as Leila
Sydney

Opera Australia's Pearl Fishers at Sydney Opera House

By , 09 July 2012
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Samuel Dundas and Sian Pendry in Opera Australia's Cosi Fan Tutte  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Così fan tutte at Sydney Opera House

By , 20 March 2012
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Michael Lewis (Count Almaviva), Taryn Fiebig (Susanna), Dominica Matthews (Cherubino),  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Opera Australia: The Marriage of Figaro with a difference

By , 28 February 2012
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Rosario La Spina (Prince Calaf) in Opera Australia's Turandot,  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

The power of love: Opera Australia's Turandot

By , 14 February 2012
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Andrew Brunsdon as Tamino in Opera Australia's The Magic Flute  ©  Branco Gaica
Sydney

Mozart meets the pantomime in Sydney

By , 27 January 2012
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