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Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2024 Review: Gurrelieder


Photo credit: Daniel Boud We can be grateful that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Simone Young has a passion for the music of Arnold Schoenberg in this, his 150th anniversary year. On Friday March 15th, it led to the first performance in Sydney of Schoenberg’s concert-drama “Gurrelieder,” a massive work that was first performed in Vienna 111 years ago, {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Jessica Pratt, Ermonela Jaho & Ferruccio Furlanetto Lead Opera Australia’s 2023 Season


Opera Australia has announced its 2023 season which will mark the 13th and final season of Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini’s tenure. Sydney Summer Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire in Sir David McVicar’s production. The opera will star Ukranian baritone Andrei Kymach in the titular role, Israeli bass Yuri Kissin as Leporello, and Sophie Salvesani as Donna {…}


Maija Kovalevska to Headline West Australian Opera’s ‘Tosca’


West Australian Opera is set to present Puccini’s “Tosca” this July. The production, which opens on July 14 and runs through the 23rd at His Majesty’s Theatre for a total of five performances, will be staged by Patrick Nolan. The opera will star soprano Maija Kovalevska in the title role, also making her West Australian debut. She will be joined {…}


Jonas Kaufmann to Headline New Production at Opera Australia in 2022


Opera Australia has announced that it will present “Lohengrin” with superstar Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. The production will be directed by Olivier Py and will also star Emily Magee, Elena Gabouri, Marco Vratogna, Daniel Sumegi and Warwick Fyfe. The work will be conducted by Opera Australia’s Head of Music Tahu Matheson. The opera is set to premiere at {…}


Jessica Pratt, Leah Crocetto & Yonghoon Lee Highlight Opera Australia’s Winter Season


Opera Australia has announced its Winter Season featuring four productions. The season opens with Verdi’s “Aida“ directed by Dave Livermore and conducted by Lorenzo Passerini and Tahu Matheson. The production stars Leah Crocetto in the title role; Elena Gabouri as Amneris; Stefano La Colla and Najmiddin Mavlyanov sharing the role of Radamès; and Warwick Fyfe and Michael Honeyman as Amonasro. Performance {…}


Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen & Rachelle Durkin Highlight ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Adelaide Festival 2021 Edition


(Credits: Dario Acosta / Rachelle Durkin official website) The Adelaide Festival has announced the centerpiece of its 2021 Edition. Benjamin Britten’s operatic masterwork “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will make its Australian debut at the festival. The opera will star countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in the role of Oberon; soprano Rachelle Durkin as Tytania; soprano Taryn Fiebig in the role of {…}


Victorian Opera To Stage ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’


The Victorian Opera is set to present Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a new concert-stage version in Melbourne. Victorian Opera’s Artistic Director Richard Mills is set to conduct the Orchestra Victoria with director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper helming the production. The production will star Argentine-Australian baritone Jose Carbo  in the title role, Brenton Spiteri as Count Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Chiara Amaru {…}


David Butt Philip, Hiromi Omura & Jessica Pratt Lead Opera Australia’s Melbourne 2020 Season


Opera Australia has announced its 2020 Melbourne program, which will include staged operas, concert performances, and musicals. Operas Graeme Murphy will direct an “innovative and visually stunning” new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” It will showcase how “the digital screens can be used to enhance the storytelling and opera experience,” says Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini in the press release. Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura {…}