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Performer: Ekaterina Sadovnikova

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SydneyThe Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Guillaume Tourniaire; Sir David McVicar; Opera Australia; Jenny Tiramani; Andrei Bondarenko; Shane Lowrencev
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
****1
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Tate's masterful conducting of Idomeneo

Ekaterina Sadovnikova (Ilia), Brenden Gunnell (Idomeneo) and Monica Bacelli (Idamante) © Michele Crosera
Promising young South-African director Alessandro Talevi opened the new season at the Teatro La Fenice with a new mis-en-scene of Mozart's Idomeneo.
***11
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Il trittico scores a hat-trick at the Theater an der Wien

Following a string of misses, the Theater an der Wien emerges from its recent dry patch with a new production of Puccini’s triptych which offers a winning cast, the best playing heard at the house in months, and a smart production.
*****
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Rigoletto from Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company’s second offering for its 2011-2012 season is Verdi’s ever-popular Rigoletto. It comes on the heels of Robert Carsen’s stunning production of Iphigenia in Tauris. In Carsen’s brilliant conception of the opera, everything works to produce a great night of opera By contrast in Christopher Alden’s production of Rigoletto just about nothing works.
***11
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Rigoletto at Covent Garden - Gavanelli and McVicar ride again

Rigoletto is what an opera promoter might describe as a "banker": it's a safe bet to get those seats filled and keep the audience happy. There's a rare blend of gorgeously beautiful music allied to darkly nasty drama that gives the opera enormous, continuing appeal.
***11
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