While sitting in the foyer of the Athenaeum, waiting for the opening of Melbourne Opera’s production of Puccini’s much-loved Madame Butterfly, an orchestra member strolled by and casually announced that none of the toilets were working. As people happily took their drinks inside and there was no further announcement, I wondered, as the evening wore… Read more.
The cover of the program for Melbourne Opera’s La Traviata, which opened on Wednesday night at the Athenaeum Theatre, has a full-page photo of Guiseppe Verdi, the renegade composer of 1851, staring out from the cover, determined, against all odds, to follow his own path, passionately, personally and creatively. Verdi was first moved to create… Read more.
Mozart’s great comic masterpiece Cosi Fan Tutte is the winter offering from Melbourne Opera and AussieTheatre has a double pass to give away to this 10th Anniversary production. “Melbourne Opera is about making opera accessible to people who love opera as well as newcomers to the tradition of opera,” said Glen Hocking – conductor and… Read more.
Puccini’s La Bohme presented by Melbourne Opera and performed on opening night at the gorgeous Athenaeum Theatre is a consummate production that will delight and engage newbies and fans of this opera, alike. To describe this production as quaint is not to be demeaning in any way. I adore the antiquity and cosiness of the Athenaeum Theatre,… Read more.