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Performer: Brenton Spiteri

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SydneyFarnace

Vivaldi: Farnace, RV 711
Erin Helyard; Mark Gaal; Pinchgut Opera; Christopher Lowrey; Helen Sherman; Jacqueline Dark; Timothy Reynolds
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Fabulous musical performance of Athalia in Sydney

Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Handel's Athalia is a wonderful English oratorio but this production, while musically wonderful, was marred by a problematic staging with infuriating surtitles.
***11
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A carefree, comic Don Pasquale in Adelaide

Clever casting combined with good singing, classy chorus work and quality ensemble music has produced an enjoyably entertaining Don Pasquale from State Opera of South Australia.
***11
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Tragedy and comedy in a double bill in Adelaide

Manuel de Falla’s rarely performed La Vida Breve and Giacomo Puccini’s comic Gianni Schicchi are quite contrasting mini-operas, united by common threads of deception and the clash of class distinction.
****1
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Dystopian Dostoevsky gets utopian orchestration

Notes from Underground © Zan Wimberley
Its achievement lies in the brilliant notion of taking the two parts of Dostoevsky's work – the Aboveground Man's self-loathed life and the Underground Man's reflections upon it 20 years later – and running them concurrently, using two different singers.
****1
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Haydn's Armida in Sydney

Rachelle Durkin (Armida) © Brett Boardman
Confusion has such lovely music! Sydney's pioneering Baroque and early classical opera specialists, Pinchgut Opera offered Haydn's Armida as its 16th production. 
***11
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