It was back-to-back Verdi for me this week. Opera Australia are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth by performing six of his 30 operas this year. Melbourne gets two: Aida and A Masked Ball. Both celebrate the grand traditions of opera with big music, outrageous plots, huge ensembles (there really are non-singing sword carriers) and magnificent designs…. Read more.
Thanks to our good friends at Opera Australia, AussieTheatre have an A-Reserve Double Pass worth $350 to give away to AIDA in Melbourne next month. Playing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Graeme Murphy’s production of Verdi’s AIDA is one of the most loved operas in Opera Australia’s repertoire. Our double pass is for Tuesday 7… Read more.
Over the long weekend, over 500 Australians were awarded special honours in the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations. Internationally renowned performer Rolf Harris, Opera singer and acclaimed director Stuart Maunder and director/choreographer Graeme Murphy were among the Australians acknowledged for their work in the Arts. The Order of Australia has four levels – the Companion of the… Read more.
Thanks to the three tenors, and more specifically Luciano Pavarotti, ‘Nessum Dorma’ is unarguably the most famous opera aria in the world. But the opera from which the aria comes, Turandot, is not often staged in Australia. This was surprisingly my first experience of a live performance of Turandot, but this twenty-two-year-old production ranks amongst the… Read more.