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Where opera ends, theatre begins: Mozart's Magic Flute made new in surreal Perth performance

Where opera ends, theatre begins: Mozart's Magic Flute made new in surreal Perth performance

It was certainly opera – stunning in its beauty, perfectly executed, at times moving and hilarious – but it was so much more besides.

  • by Nathan Hondros

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Turandot review: Puccini's last opera crowned by dramatic peaks

Turandot review: Puccini's last opera crowned by dramatic peaks

Opera Australia's Turandot revival leaves audience breathless, writes Peter McCallum.

  • by Peter McCallum
La Boheme review: seediness makes for a pleasurable seduction

La Boheme review: seediness makes for a pleasurable seduction

Gale Edward's production shifts the famous opera from Paris to Berlin in a seductive revival, writes Peter McCallum.

  • by Peter McCallum
One of Hitler's favourite operas gets standing ovation
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One of Hitler's favourite operas gets standing ovation

Hitler loved Meistersinger. Its thematic combination of German pride and purity lent itself nicely to his message.

  • by Bridget Davies
Opera review: La Boheme

Opera review: La Boheme

La Boheme has all the ingredients of the perfect introduction to opera.

  • by Bridget Davies
Metamorphosis review: A stunning take on Kafka's nightmare
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Metamorphosis review: A stunning take on Kafka's nightmare

Opera Australia’s new account of Brian Howard’s 1983 opera is stunning.

  • by Barney Zwartz
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So much more than an opera singer's greatest hits
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So much more than an opera singer's greatest hits

Part fiction, part memoir, Emma Matthews is an absolute powerhouse in Steve Vizard's reflective The Space Between.

  • by Bridget Davies
Romeo and Juliet soar in VO's Bellini without the bells and whistles

Romeo and Juliet soar in VO's Bellini without the bells and whistles

It was a concert performance of Bellini's opera rather than a full production, but even so it hit all the right notes.

  • by Bridget Davies
Opera gets a Donald Trump makeover
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Opera gets a Donald Trump makeover

Melbourne Opera's production of Der Rosenkavalier has imagination but could benefit from surtitles.

  • by Bridget Davies
Stuart Skelton charms the crowd, but his voice remains the hero

Stuart Skelton charms the crowd, but his voice remains the hero

No matter how big an opera star might be, Melbourne audiences crave a performance with personality.

  • by Bridget Davies
Young Australian opera singers finding a voice in the heart of Europe

Young Australian opera singers finding a voice in the heart of Europe

A grant for Australian opera singers is helping them get a foothold in Germany.

  • by Bridget Davies