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CHOP CHEF : HIGH STEAKS MAKE THIS OPERA A TASTY DEGUSTATION

A new Australian opera CHOP CHEF has opened at The Riverside in Parramatta. This delight is able to be sampled in person or digitally via Riverside Theatres Digital.

Western Sydney’s own Blush Opera created this dark funny satire of TV cooking competitions. The stakes are high. The contestants are keen – the judging ‘panel’ aloof and egotistical. The instrumental players sit ready.

CHOP CHEF opens with the set being arranged. It is a simple silver grey and white minimalistic cooking contest kitchen with minimal props and the judging panel shown from behind a lit screen. David Hidden sings in English/Australian, French and Italian accents with exaggerated vocalisation clearly bringing out the competitive egos of the expert panel. The technology works well, even when it doesn’t. Continue reading CHOP CHEF : HIGH STEAKS MAKE THIS OPERA A TASTY DEGUSTATION

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Bernice Zandona as Catherine, Damian Arnold as Hugo, and Laura King as Rosette

The talents of the Sydney Independent Opera begin 2014 by luring us into the world of opera buffa, in particular an engaging excursion into fine voiced French humour. This is in great contrast to the dramatic and full-scale operatic works the company has offered in the recent past. However their trademarks of fine orchestration, neat playing and enthusiastic singing from rising local stars are once again present.

Even though laws now don’t restrict opera companies in Sydney other than the government supported group to perform one act trifles, a little mid-19th century French satire and farce in contrast to other arts events and world news in general is a welcome diversion.

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