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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

Verdi’s Aida @ The Fleet Steps Stage

Milijana Nikolic as Amneris, Latonia Moore as Aida. Photo Prudence Upton. main photo Hamilton Lund
Inset pic- Milijana Nikolic as Amneris, Latonia Moore as Aida. Pic- Prudence Upton. Featured pic-Hamilton Lund

The 2015 Handa Opera season, with an exciting, expressive and modern interpretation of Verdi’s AIDA further enriches the environment of al fresco entertainment in Sydney. The tale of war, religion, desire and revenge evolves on a grand scale with an esoteric mix of old-world objects, fashion and icons with contemporary elements.

The awe-inspiring set’s crowning glory is its eighteen-metre high weathered statue of Nefertiti. At the apex of the raked stage its sombre one-eyed gaze follows all assembled. Set and Costume designer Mark Thompson includes modern items such as forty–four gallon drums, glossy contemporary coffins, and metal staircases flanking each side of the stage. Continue reading Verdi’s Aida @ The Fleet Steps Stage