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Performer: Emma Matthews

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SydneyLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Brian Castles-Onion; Francesca Zambello; Opera Australia; Brian Thomson; Emma Matthews; Gianluca Terranova; Jonathan Summers
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A much anticipated amazing Girls Night Out in Adelaide

Simone Young © Klaus Lefebvre

When two internationally acclaimed sopranos, two internationally acclaimed mezzos, a brilliant world-renowned conductor, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the music of Richard Strauss align all the elements of a magnificent, thrilling evening have gelled.

*****
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A colonial Pearl Fishers in Perth

Bizet's The Pearl Fishers has its problems, but a good account of its score does have its pleasures, especially when it's all brightened up by the presence of Emma Matthews.
***11
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Borrowed plumes: a new pastiche Baroque opera

A new pastiche opera, Voyage to the Moon offers a collection of Baroque arias and ensembles woven into a retelling of the Orlando story. 
****1
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A scarlet and black Rigoletto

Rigoletto contains some of Verdi’s greatest melodies, and Opera Australia’s new production brings out the mixture of passion and darkness the heart of this story.
****1
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Opera Australia at Sydney Festival: The Turk in Italy

Opera Australia's laugh-out-loud production of Il Turco in Italia (“The Turk in Italy”) by Rossini at the Sydney Opera House combines vocal excellence and strong characterisation.
****1
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Visually splendid La Traviata from Opera Australia fails to move

I left the Sydney Opera House last night feeling vaguely dissatisfied, and yet a bit puzzled at my dissatisfaction. La Traviata is chock-full of Verdi’s most glorious music, and well though I know the score, I wasn’t feeling in the least jaded to begin with.
***11
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