Articles on ‘Opera Australia’

First glimpse of My Fair Lady’s Eliza and Freddy

Anna O'Byrne at the My Fair Lady launch, Sydney

The full cast of Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady was announced yesterday at a special media briefing inside Sydney’s Bennelong Restaurant at the Opera House. The AussieTheatre team were there to capture the first glimpses of Australia’s Eliza Doolittle (Anna O’Byrne) and Freddy Eynsford-Hill (Mark Vincent) as they performed snippets from the iconic Lerner & Loewe… Read more.

Why an opera singer’s penis is worth more than a dancer’s

Joshua Harrison and Elijah Rohner in Naked Boys Singing. Image by Dario Gardiman

This interesting article from arts writer Andrew Taylor appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week. “… on the opera stage, the family jewels are worth $67.62.That’s how much a performer, male or female, should be paid for each stage rehearsal or performance at which full frontal nudity is required. In contrast, a dancer’s genitalia is only… Read more.

Opera Australia: The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro. Opera Australia

Opera Australia’s absolutely splendid The Marriage of Figaro is in Melbourne until the end of November. Premiering in 1786, Mozart’s comic opera about infidelity and forgiveness remains one of his most-loved works. Figaro and Susanna are servants to the Count and Countess Almaviva. They are getting married, but the Count wants Susanna, the Countesses’s old housekeeper fancies… Read more.

Dame Julie Andrews talks My Fair Lady, 60 years on

Dame Julie Andrews. Image by Cassie Tongue

My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, opened on Broadway in 1956. 60 years later, the production will be lovingly and meticulously recreated to resemble that initial production which made audiences gasp. The costumes and set will be the same, or as near as possible, and on hand to direct will be the first of My… Read more.

The success of the Melbourne Festival

Bronx Gothic, PS122. Photo by Sarah Walker

It’s been 48 hours since my last Melbourne Festival show… Although Melbourne’s festival lovers are looking forward to being in bed by midnight, food made at home and a couple of days that don’t include arguing about The Bacchae on social media, it’s hard to believe that festival season is really over. With the Melbourne… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: The Rabbits

The Rabbits. Melbourne Festival, Opera Australia. Photo by Jon Green

The Rabbits is an hour-long opera based on a 1998 children’s picture book. Its Melbourne Festival season is sold out and as the Playhouse exploded with joy at the end of last night’s performance, it’s clear that this remarkable new Australian opera is going to be around for a very long time. Adapted and directed by… Read more.

Review: Don Carlos, Opera Australia

Don Carlos at Opera Australia.

Don Carlos is Verdi’s grandest and, in many ways, greatest opera. Opera Australia’s sweeping production – first staged by director Elijah Moshinsky in 1999 – captures the tyranny and grandeur of the Spanish court. In a vaguely Oedipus-inspired tale, the opera tells the story of our hero Don Carlos, who finds himself in love with his father’s new… Read more.