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JULIA HOLTER @ THE SPIEGELTENT

Pic by Tonje Thilesen

Performing in the spectacular Spiegeltent, Julia Holter’s ambitious post-rock music reflects on the turmoil and disharmony of a post truth world. There are moments of extraordinary beauty in her and the band’s performance but she is quick to subvert the melody and introduce tension and discordance. The overall sound is an intriguing mixture of pop, classical and dissonant music.

Her ethereal voice is employed as another instrument and often soars with Dina Maccabee’s violin and Sarah Belle Reid’s trumpet or flugelhorn. Her voice is at times reminiscent of Regina Spektor, Nico or Kate Bush but she has her own style and is quite happy to let her vocals blend in with the other instruments to achieve the sound she is creating.

Julia’s music has been described as melding influences from classical music and baroque to post-rock, 70s pop and folk, and found sound, all held together by her electronic keyboard and delicate vocals. There are also Eastern European folk influences, especially when Tashi Wada is playing the bagpipes. Continue reading JULIA HOLTER @ THE SPIEGELTENT

OPERA AUSTRALIA : TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE @ THE PLAYHOUSE

This joyous, frothy operetta is a sheer delight. Robert Andrew Greene’s TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE is adapted from Charles Lecocq’s 1874 classic operetta Girofle-Girofla. Musically it blends some of the most famous and beautiful songs of the operetta repertoire (Strauss, Offenbach, Lehar, Kalman, Lecocq, Stolz ) yet at times it sounds like Mozart, Verdi or even Gilbert and Sullivan.

There is a lush Oriental minimal set design by Owen Phillips – looking as if it could be for The Abduction From The Seraglio or some such – and stunning costumes by Tim Chappel. Andrew Hallsworth’s choreography is inventive and the small cast of five perform with great comic timing.

Polished musical accompaniment was provided by pianist Robert Andrew Green and violinist Yuhki Mayne. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA : TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE @ THE PLAYHOUSE

Opera Australia’s La Boheme

Andrew Jones as Marcello, David Parkin as Colline, Shane Lowrencev as Schaunard, Lorine Gore as Musetta, Diego Torre as Rodolfo, Maija Kovalevska as Mimi in Opera Australia's LA BOHEME. Pic Branco Gaica
Inset Pic- Andrew Jones as Marcello, David Parkin as Colline, Shane Lowrencev as Schaunard, Lorine Gore as Musetta, Diego Torre as Rodolfo, Maija Kovalevska as Mimi. Featured Pic- Maija Kovalevska as Mimi and Diego Torre as Rodolfo. Pics by Branco Gaica

Opera Australia begin their 2015 season yet again with this excellent revival of Gale Edwards’s version of LA BOHEME, originally seen in 2011 .

Romantic and lyrically, passionately performed  by cast and orchestra it still feels as fresh as if it was written yesterday.

Musically, the terrific Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under the very energetic , passionate and enthusiastic baton of Andrea Molino, is superb, giving a lush, dynamic rendition of Puccini’s much loved sweeping, vibrant score.

LA BOHEME is one of opera’s most popular and best known works, where we follow the story of the young Bohemians living and loving through harsh, trying times, and focusing on the tragic love story between Rodolfo and Mimi. Continue reading Opera Australia’s La Boheme