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ATTILA @ JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The opening to another darkly dramatic production for Opera Australia, we seem to have had a fair few of them in recent times. It’s the first time the company has produced Verdi’s Attila (the Hun) which was brought in from Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Lesser known that many of Verdi’s other masterpieces, Attila is filled with memorable arias and chorus numbers, the overture and opening scene probably best known and most recognised.

Some background into the story… The Huns are still a mystery to historians. They were nomadic people, most likely from somewhere between the eastern edge of the Altai Mountains and Caspian Sea, roughly where you’ll now find modern Kazakhstan. Many artistic impressions of them are as Asians, others show red headed fair skinned Aryan people similar to the oldest records of Genghis Khan. In the 5th Century they were described as barbaric and uncivilised yet, compared to the corrupt Roman Empire, they appear to be extremely loyal to their family members, well organised and lethal in accelerating the fall of the Roman Empire. Continue reading ATTILA @ JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s Don Carlos @ Joan Sutherland Auditorium Sydney Opera House

Don Carlos-inset
Inset pic- Milijana Nikolic as Princess Eboli and Latonia Moore as Elizabeth La Valois. Featured pic- Daniel Sumagi as the Grand Inquisitor and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Phillip 11 in Opera Australia’s DON CARLOS. Production pics by Jamie Williams.

This production of Don Carlos is the 1884 four-act version and is an extremely impressive revival of the magnificent 1999 Elijah Moshinsky staging. It is the biggest production by Opera Australia since the recent Ring Cycle in Melbourne and at one point features over two hundred people on stage.

Musically it is glorious with outstanding singing and superb playing by the orchestra under the impassioned baton of maestro Andrea Licata which acknowledges and respects each note of this complex, difficult and long score (listen out for the Flamenco influences) and simultaneously allows the work to ‘breathe’ and become intensely dramatic. Continue reading Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s Don Carlos @ Joan Sutherland Auditorium Sydney Opera House

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