Featured at The Concourse Chatswood is the ‘Live at Lunch’ series produced by Jane Rutter. The series has been running for 10 years starring new guests with Rutter for each performance. It’s a brilliant concept where the show runs for an hour starting at midday followed by an optional lunch at a neighbouring restaurant with the performers. Here, audience members can speak directly with the performers, collect photos and autographs making an intimate and memorable experience.
Rutter originally studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris and, after many years of professional contribution to the Arts, was awarded Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettres from the French Embassy. She has built a large following of adoring fans who are dedicated to her concert series at the Concourse as well as her regular regional tours. Joining her today was international bass opera star Teddy Tahu-Rhodes accompanied by renowned pianist John Martin in a concert titled “Figaro Flute and Flowers”.Continue reading LIVE AT LUNCH SERIES : FIGARO, FLUTE AND FLOWERS @ THE CONCOURSE→
This was always going to be a treat as indeed it was. There was a great mix of songs from Broadway shows and from the opera world. They were performed by six of Australia’s finest contemporary singers. They comprised the lyric colorature soprano Emma Matthews, much loved tenor David Hobson, acclaimed bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Broadway star Caroline O’Connor, brilliant young Australian tenor Alexander Lewis and emerging artist Genevieve Kingsford. They were backed by a full orchestra conducted by Vanessa Scammell.Continue reading FROM BROADWAY TO LA SCALA @ THE CONCERT HALL→
The packed audience was swooning with delight at the latest Live at Lunch concert at the Concourse entitled LOVE SONGS AND LULLABIES.
The concert featured Artistic Director Jane Rutter on flute, Vincent Colagiuri on piano and opera superstar Teddy Tahu Rhodes who performed a delicious selection of classic love songs and lullabies from Broadway including works by Elgar, Rogers & Hammerstein, Schumann, Fauré, Cole Porter, Lerner & Loewe and more!
Colagiuri and Tahu Rhodes both looked debonair in magnificently cut suits whilst Rutter was elegant in white and silver.
The first of the 2016 programme was entitled Classical Heroes and the Art of Seduction . We were privileged to have international opera and musical sensation divo Teddy Tahu Rhodes as special guest to enchant us. The concert’s chosen theme was love and seduction.
Curator of the series, internationally renowned flautist Jane Rutter, welcomed us and then introduced Rhodes, who came on stage on crutches after a recent accident. Rhodes mostly sang, perched on a stool.
Succumb to Mephistopheles power in this lavish, opulent, thrilling production. Visually stunning, musically glorious, with three superb leading performers, this is a magical highlight of this year’s Opera Australia season.
The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic baton of maestro GuillaumeTourniaire delivered a lustrous, splendid performance of Gounod’s lush, hugely expansive score with an edgy tempo.The ensemble chorus work, under the direction of Anthony Hunt, was inspiring and well-balanced.
The plot of Gounod’s opera is deeply rooted in religion, superstition and morality. In Charles Francois Gounod’s opera, aged and despairing philosopher Faust (Michael Fabiano) sells his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles (Teddy Tahu Rhodes), in exchange for youth and the chance to pursue a beautiful innocent, Margeurite (Nicole Car). Continue reading Faust @ The Dame Joan→
Opera Australia have brought to Sydney a most splendid production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I with a gigantic cast and glorious , lavishly opulent ,dazzling sets and costumes .Directed by Christopher Renshaw ,it is an aural , olfactory and visual feast and treat : Brian Thomson’s set designs are outstanding as are Roger Kirk’s costumes. The curtains, screens etc allow for almost cinematic fluid scene changes , torches burn brightly and incense wafts through the auditorium.
Musically this new version of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ is superb and thrilling with spectacularly brilliant performances from the wonderful orchestra under Maestro Jonathan Darlington (featuring the fortepiano played by Siro Battaglin for the recitative) and the glorious cast led by the great Teddy Tahu-Rhodes.
Sir David McVicar’s direction is deft and assured. This is a bleak, dark production, with quite a cold ‘feel’ .There is a swooping black curtain hiding most of the set when we enter. The huge set resembles a bombed/ruined palace with rubble, and there are pieces of marble everywhere.