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OPERA AUSTRALIA’S ‘THE TURK IN ITALY’ @ THE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

This image: Graeme Macfarlane as Albazar, Anna Dowsley as Zaida and chorus in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of The Turk in Italy at the Sydney Opera House. Pics Keith Saunders

From Rossini, Italy’s grand master of hilarity comes a rollicking comedy with a magnificent score. THE TURK IN ITALY dazzles  from the lowest bass notes to the impossibly stratospheric level of soprano Stacey Alleaume’s coloratura.

Conductor Andrea Molino heads up a sparkling team  of comedic talents including Paolo Bordogna in his outrageously funny performance as the Turk and the bumbling, silly Warwick Fyfe  as a jealous husband.  Director Simon Phillips playful, tongue in cheek production squeezes every last laugh from Rossini’s  ribald romp.

Gabriela Tylesova’s vivaciously coloured costumes and clever revolving sets are stars in their own right; a bright lollypop on top of a richly creamy parfait. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA’S ‘THE TURK IN ITALY’ @ THE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE

THE TURK IN ITALY – MODERN AUSSIE OPERA

This image: Graeme Macfarlane as Albazar, Anna Dowsley as Zaida and chorus in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of The Turk in Italy at the Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Keith Saunders
Featured image: The Opera Australia Chorus in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of The Turk in Italy at the Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Keith Saunders

THE TURK IN ITALY is not one of Rossini’s best known or best received operas, but this risqué OA production is sure to entertain most. (Just don’t take your kids or your prudish mother-in-law.)

Director Simon Philips premiered this playful retro adaptation in 2014 and returns this year with the same cartoonish set design and candied costumes, as well as much of the original cast.

The plot is by no means serious drama and does not stand up to critical examination. But it is laugh-out-loud funny. This is opera buffa, after all. It is meant to be ridiculous, and is by its’ very nature full of gender and race stereotypes, with not one fully formed, complex character. Continue reading THE TURK IN ITALY – MODERN AUSSIE OPERA

Opera Australia presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro @ Joan Sutherland Theatre

Inset pic- Taryn Fiebig as Susanna and Paolo Bordogna as Figaro. Featured pic- Paolo Bordogna as Figaro. Production pics by Prudence Upton

Seldom has Sydney been treated to such a marvellous musical and visual feast. Thunderous applause, cheers and screams of bravo greeted the end of this sensational production of Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, directed by Sir David McVicar.

This is the second in a trio of Mozart works directed by McVicar that the Opera has organised. Some of the opera is joyous and sunny, but it can change in an instant and become quite dark. The Opera is about the superficiality of society and how much importance is placed on outward appearance.

The singing was stupendous and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Guillame Tourniaire delivered a magnificent performance. Tourniaire’s conducting was inspired with great attention to detail and wonderful phrasing and timing allowing the music to glow. Particular mention of the harpsichord, crammed into the orchestra pit, which were mainly heard in the recitative. Continue reading Opera Australia presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro @ Joan Sutherland Theatre