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The Magic Flute @ The Joan

Emma Matthews as The Queen of the Night. Photo by Branco Gaica
Emma Matthews as The Queen of the Night. Photo by Branco Gaica

Opera Australia is currently revisiting the Metropolitan Opera’s production of THE MAGIC FLUTE, first performed in Sydney in 2014. It is a stunning and simply beautiful illustration of the endurance of opera in a modern guise. Its scenes repeatedly proclaim opera as fantastic with high Fs, as well as resoundingly relevant in our modern creative world.

Mozart and librettist Schikaneder would love the transformation of their shifting dramatic epicentres and colourful characters in this production. The hyper-realism of tensions between the powerful Queen of the Night and the order of enlightened initiatives and priests is emphasised by Julie Taymor’s puppetry design and layered costumes. Continue reading The Magic Flute @ The Joan

RIGOLETTO

David Corcoran as Borsa, Luke Gabbedy as Marullo, Giorgia Caoduro as Rigoletto, and Samuel Dundas as Caprano. Pic Branca Gaica
David Corcoran as Borsa, Luke Gabbedy as Marullo, Giorgia Caoduro as Rigoletto, and Samuel Dundas as Caprano. Pic Branca Gaica

This new Opera Australia production, directed by Roger Hodgman, of Verdi’s 1851 much loved work replaces the Elijah Moshinsky version and is very exciting . The plot and dramatic structure of Rigoletto is simultaneously sordid and absorbing with its overtones of excess, lasciviousness and its explorations of underlying psychological familial trauma – a story filled with lust, mixed identities and death.

The set designs by Richard Roberts are marvelous, full of russet , autumnal tones, and amazingly rich detail on the heavy doors, as an example. They are wonderfully evocative of Mantua in the 16th Century. 

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