Articles on ‘Opera Australia’

My Fair Lady – Photo Feature

Principal cast of My Fair Lady. Image by Lightbox Photography

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe’s celebrated musical based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Opera Australia and John Frost have brought Dame Julie Andrews – the original Eliza Dootlittle herself – to Sydney to direct a new production which pays homage to the original 1956 work, featuring Oliver… Read more.


My Fair Lady confirms 2017 Melbourne season

Anna O'Byrne

Directed by Dame Julie Andrews, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and produced by John Frost and Opera Australia, the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady is an understandably hot topic. The list of BIG names associated with this production (both on and off the stage) is staggering and today, there is even more exciting news from… Read more.


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.


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