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Performer: West Australian Opera

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Sweeney Todd in Perth: ticks all the boxes

Ben Mingay (Sweeney Todd) and Antoinette Halloran (Mrs Lovett) © James Rogers
West Australian Opera's production of Sweeney Todd was an excellent, crackling performance, with everyone involved in top form, with some unexpected players showing great talent in this not-very-operatic work.
****1
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A colonial Pearl Fishers in Perth

Emma Matthews (Leïla) © James Rogers
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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Il trovatore honours Neidhardt's lesson in directorial rigour

First presented in Perth in 2002, West Australian Opera’s Il trovatore (a co-production with Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia) is dedicated to the memory of director Elke Neidhardt, and here the stage becomes hers.
****1
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