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Singing the aeons-long frustrations of the battle for feminism

Singing the aeons-long frustrations of the battle for feminism

In Victorian Opera’s Lorelei, three sirens take to the stage and what starts out as a conventional trio soon takes a dark, hilarious turn.

  • by Elizabeth Flux

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Deborah Cheetham’s new opera packs a punch

Deborah Cheetham’s new opera packs a punch

What if you’d always seen the world as a beautiful, colour-filled place, then discovered that all anyone else can see is darkness?

  • by Elizabeth Flux
Apollo and Dafne review: Gods shine on timeless tale

Apollo and Dafne review: Gods shine on timeless tale

Pinchgut Opera’s revival of The Loves of Apollo and Dafne, one of the first operas written, combines heart and beauty with an absurdist touch.

  • by Peter McCallum
All you need is love: Aida’s romantic heart eclipses tech innovations

All you need is love: Aida’s romantic heart eclipses tech innovations

Apart from a moody panther, the digital animations that dress this opera are remarkable. But the opera’s real success is the love triangle driving the plot.

  • by Elizabeth Flux
Light and shade under open skies: exquisite opera at the Bowl

Light and shade under open skies: exquisite opera at the Bowl

Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers was an ideal work to pick for Victorian Opera’s outdoor show, which featured superb singing.

  • by Madeline Roycroft
Big opera is back: Aida set to dazzle as high-tech meets Ancient Egypt

Big opera is back: Aida set to dazzle as high-tech meets Ancient Egypt

After a hiatus of a year and a half, Opera Australia is back in Melbourne with a huge production of Verdi’s tragic opera showcasing cutting-edge digital wizardry

  • by Patricia Maunder
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Triumphant performance by Stacey Alleaume as La Traviata graces the Harbour
★★★★
Opera

Triumphant performance by Stacey Alleaume as La Traviata graces the Harbour

Skies that had rained havoc all week allowed a glow to silhouette the Opera House as a company that had lost a year’s revenue was given a chance to spread its wares.

  • by Peter McCallum
Exquisite voices save opera that proves more weary than wondrous

Exquisite voices save opera that proves more weary than wondrous

The puppets and slapstick comedy in The Sleeping Beauty seemed made for children, but not the darkness and grief.

  • by Bridget Davies
An opera about the end of the world that leaves you feeling uplifted
★★★★
Performing arts

An opera about the end of the world that leaves you feeling uplifted

Wagner’s Das Rheingold, staged by Melbourne Opera, is a stunning creation featuring some of Victoria’s best operatic voices.

  • by Bridget Davies
Two worlds collide in this triumphant production

Two worlds collide in this triumphant production

Opera Australia’s Ernani is a fine example of Verdi’s early genius.

  • by Peter McCallum
Stirring new production explores a nymph’s laboured creation of a river bed
★★★★
Sydney Festival

Stirring new production explores a nymph’s laboured creation of a river bed

The work begins with darkness, silence and undifferentiated shapes, slowly awakened by insects, dim light and the sound of slow breath.

  • by Peter McCallum