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BrisbaneAida

© Georges Antoni
Verdi: Aida
Francesco Lanzillotta; Davide Livermore; Opera Australia; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Natalie Aroyan; Elena Gabouri
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Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney

Taras Berezhansky (Attila) © Prudence Upton
Livermore updates the scene to the 1930s, but seems to be setting Mussolini's Italians against invading Germans. 
***11
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Remarkable singers and magnificent sets successfully transpose Puccini’s Tosca to Nazi-occupied Rome, bringing home the horror of tyranny and how possible it is to occur.
****1
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Sydney bids farewell to beloved Madama Butterfly

Aidan (Sorrow) and Karah Son (Cio-Cio-San) © Prudence Upton
An outstanding cast headed by Karah Son in the title role provides a fitting send off for Opera Australia’s much-loved production of Madama Butterfly in Sydney
****1
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Verdi's Requiem given an operatic take in Sydney

© Renato Palumbo
A vividly dramatic take on Verdi's Requiem by Opera Australia allows chorus and orchestra to shine under Renato Palumbo, and reminds us why the work has been called “opera in church clothing”.
****1
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