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Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
The quality cast purred, but glorious roars are required to jolt audiences from placid enjoyment of Opera Australia’s gorgeous 24-year-old production of this Verdi classic.
***11
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Michieletto's brilliantly interwoven Cav & Pag in Sydney

Dragana Radakovic (Santuzza), Dominica Matthews (Mamma Lucia) and Diego Torre (Turiddu) © Keith Saunders
Damiano Michieletto's inspired intertwining of the standard double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci makes for vivid storytelling, the whole supported by an excellent cast solidly directed by Andrea Licata.
****1
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Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles in Sydney

Beautiful sets and a fine cast led by Guillaume Tourniaire can't quite compensate for the dramatic weaknesses in Opera Australia's new production of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles.
***11
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Lavish Don Carlos revival in Sydney

Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos has finally arrived, for the first time in the 21st century, as a much anticipated highlight of Opera Australia’s current season. 
***11
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Plush costumes and lavish sets make up for musical shortfalls

Plush costumes and lavish sets make up for shortfall in music and singing in Opera Australia’s La traviata
***11
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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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