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Sian Pendry, Dragana Radakovich and Emma Matthews perform the Opera Gala on New Year’s Eve.
Photo: Ken Leanfore.

Ringside seats to one of the greatest shows on earth are hard to come by but Opera Australia has some of the best in town, when they take over both the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Concert
Hall in the Sydney Opera House to stage two sensational performances right in the middle of the action. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA’S NYE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

Rockdale Opera’s MERRY WIDOW

Male Embassy staff perform a number from the Merry Widow.
Male Embassy staff perform a number from the Merry Widow.

THE MERRY WIDOW is a substantial and well known work of the operetta genre. It is set in Paris and tells the tale of a rich widow, her womanising suitors, and the foreign embassy with its agenda to keep the widow’s inheritance away from Paris. In this version, lush sets and beautiful costumes ensure the production is always a visual treat.

Any revival for a fortunate twenty-first century crowd of Lehár’s charming music and colourful characters requires solid production values and choices to attract new and old fans alike. Here, a high energy performance results due to an active ensemble as well as showstopping  scenes of exceptionally good dancing from the night clubs or folk tradition. It is worthwhile attending just to witness such staging. Continue reading Rockdale Opera’s MERRY WIDOW