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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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La traviata's dazzling return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Fireworks, party boats, Violetta swooping from a giant chandelier: soprano Stacey Alleaume triumphs in this magnificent restaging of Francesca Zambello's spectacular waterfront La traviata.  
****1
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Fascist Tosca revived by Opera Australia

John Bell's reworking brings Tosca to 1943 Nazi-ruled Rome, featuring gorgeous sets and Carmen Giannatassio's striking Opera Australia debut in the title role.
****1
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A triumph in miniature: Bluebeard's Castle at Opera Australia

Role and production debuts in no way diminished the psychological impact of this intense hour with Bartók and Balázs.
****1
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Opera in maschera: Verdi's Ernani arrives in Sydney from La Scala

A mixed-bag of an evening at the Sydney Opera House, with a production of Ernani imported from La Scala failing to solve the inherent challenges of the work, despite good performances from the cast.
***11
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Making an entrance: Opera Australia returns with glitzy Merry Widow

After almost a year off stage, Opera Australia returns with this visually stunning, 1920s-inspired production of the perennial operetta favourite.

****1
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Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney

Livermore updates the scene to the 1930s, but seems to be setting Mussolini's Italians against invading Germans. 
***11
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