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OPERANTICS PRESENTS LA SONNAMBULA BY BELLINI @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE NORTH SYDNEY

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This was another extremely impressive production by Operantics, dazzlingly sung.

LA SONNAMBULA started began life in Paris in 1827 as a ballet, at the height of a craze for stage works featuring somnambulism. Bellini’s opera was first performed in 1831. Various stars who have performed in the demanding roles include Pasta, Malibran, Callas, Pavarotti and Sutherland. More recently there was the controversial production in 2009 at the Met in New York with French soprano Natalie Dessay. Opera Australia’s most recent production was in 2010 with Emma Matthews.

LA SONNAMBULA is one of the bel canto operas, those early nineteenth-century Romantic works by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti and their counterparts that emphasise virtuoso and exquisite vocalism as distinct from concentrating on symphonic musical development or ‘’ naturalistic “ drama. Continue reading OPERANTICS PRESENTS LA SONNAMBULA BY BELLINI @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE NORTH SYDNEY

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Carmina Burana @ The Concourse, Chatswood

Soprano soloist Joelene Griffith’s solos were exquisite and floated with a pure tone

With House Full signs up at the front and the box office turning hundreds of people away hoping to book for this concert I would strongly suggest you book now for the rest of the season and next year’s wonderful programme by the Willoughby Symphony.

This concert started with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under  the emphatic, enthusiastic direction of Dr Nicholas Milton performing a sizzling version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.

This is the first ballet that Diaghilev commissioned from Stravinsky, based on a Russian fairytale, with choreography by Fokine, featuring the legendary Tamara Karsavina in the title role. This ballet was followed by Petrushka and Rite of Spring.

We heard the 1919 orchestral suite which was given a dazzling performance, with a large, rich, pulsating sound. The string section was huge and there was an Assyrian style designed beautiful harp. Continue reading Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Carmina Burana @ The Concourse, Chatswood

Operantics presents Cosi Fan Tutte @ The Independent Theatre

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Production photography by John Kilkeary

This chamber production of COSI FAN TUTTE was performed by a group of young opera students.  This gave it a freshness that was most enjoyable.

The opera was reset to modern Sydney with the main characters living on the North Shore (the boys) or in the Eastern Suburbs (the girls). The surtitles were written to reflect these changes. The set was simple, but worked, and the accompanying pianist, Nathaniel Kong, was excellent. Continue reading Operantics presents Cosi Fan Tutte @ The Independent Theatre