Opera Australia: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale. Opera Australia. Photo by Jeff Busby

Opera Australia’s Don Pasquale is alive and joyous. Without dismissing a note of Gaetamo Donizetti’s opera, everyone on the stage and in the pit finds that little bit of extra love that lets everyone find the pure fun of being in and going to the opera. Dobizetti’s opera was first performed in 1843 and…

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MTC: Pennsylvania Avenue

Bernadette Robinson. Pennsyvania Avenue

Last week, Melbourne’s two mainstage companies opened shows by Melbourne writers. Both directed by Melbourne directors and featured Melbourne performers and creators. Both were also set in the USA and based on US culture. But the chasm between Pennsylvania Avenue, at the MTC, and Calpurnia Descending, at Malthouse Theatre, is so wide…

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Malthouse: Calpurnia Descending

Calpurnia Descending, Ash Flanders and Paul Capsis. Photo by Brett Boardman

As Pennsylvania Avenue opened at the MTC, I know I wasn’t alone as I wondered why. But they’ve just announced extra performances, so I think we know the answer. Meanwhile, a couple blocks away at the Malthouse, Calpurnia Descending opened and restored the faith of us who wonder why mainstage shows like to be safe.…

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