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Il Trovatore provides vividness, mystery, colour and pressing relevance
★★★★½
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Il Trovatore provides vividness, mystery, colour and pressing relevance

The cast and creative team have revitalised this major work of Verdi’s.

  • by Peter McCallum

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Opera House architect Peter Hall’s family upset at Concert Hall changes
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Opera House architect Peter Hall’s family upset at Concert Hall changes

The family of architect Peter Hall who completed the Sydney Opera House interiors after original architect Jorn Utzon departed, is upset by the renovation of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

  • by Helen Pitt
Sydney Opera House lifts curtain on newly renovated Concert Hall

Sydney Opera House lifts curtain on newly renovated Concert Hall

The Sydney Opera House has revealed the $150 million final renovations of its largest performance space, the Concert Hall, which reopens next week.

  • by Helen Pitt
At a Yarra Valley cellar door, this Figaro is in hipster moustache heaven

At a Yarra Valley cellar door, this Figaro is in hipster moustache heaven

Opera Australia has transplanted the 19th century opera Barber of Seville from Spain to a town of the same name a lot closer to Melbourne.

  • by Barney Zwartz
Heading to the opera? This classic production is the one you can’t miss
★★★★½
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Heading to the opera? This classic production is the one you can’t miss

Stacey Alleaume as Violetta in Opera Australia’s Traviata is a ‘gorgeous orchid in a gaudy bouquet’.

  • by Peter McCallum and Joyce Morgan
‘I became desperate’: the singer trying to recover her legacy from the ABC

‘I became desperate’: the singer trying to recover her legacy from the ABC

Marilyn Richardson has been trying for three decades to get copies of her operatic performances from the ABC archives, recordings often buried and forgotten in back rooms.

  • by Barney Zwartz
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Sex, brutality and beauty collide in a triumphant Butterfly
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Sex, brutality and beauty collide in a triumphant Butterfly

Opera Australia’s new production explores the dark underside of Puccini’s masterpiece.

  • by Peter McCallum
An ‘invisible opera’: Witness the absurd, dramatic choreography of bustling city square

An ‘invisible opera’: Witness the absurd, dramatic choreography of bustling city square

The Invisible Opera at Federation Square will leave its audience wondering about the line between the bizarrely real, and the really bizarre.

  • by Nick Miller
Horror result: Opera Australia books $22m loss after COVID-ravaged year

Horror result: Opera Australia books $22m loss after COVID-ravaged year

The company is conducting an in-depth review to reinvent itself and focus on recovery.

  • by Nick Galvin
Expect a rom-com and sex comedy hybrid when new opera lands in Sydney

Expect a rom-com and sex comedy hybrid when new opera lands in Sydney

If it worked in the 17th century, chances are it will engage modern audiences too.

  • by Nick Galvin
He’s the greatest bass singer of his generation – and here’s his secret

He’s the greatest bass singer of his generation – and here’s his secret

Singing almost nothing but Mozart for 25 years was “pure medicine” for his voice, says Italian star Ferrucio Furlanetto.

  • by Barney Zwartz