Why ‘Carmen Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’ is the best date night

Handa Opera Sydney Harbour Carmen THE F fireworks

It’s true when Bizet scripted his famous opera ‘Carmen‘ in 1875, he never would’ve thought it would be played out on such an international – albeit floating – stage, received so loved by thousands. Opera Australia has reimagined the classic and turned it out on the flotilla stage that has stunned the world for years […]

Opera Australia’s Melbourne season dazzles with three Victorian premieres

King Roger Opera Australia THE F bonfire

Opera Australia returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne in May with a trio of fine, new productions locals will love! Carmen (read the review here), Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (read about it here) and King Roger the Polish opera everyone’s talking about (read the review here) will all grace the stage,  giving Melburnians something to really sink their operatic […]

Behind ‘Carmen’ on Sydney Harbour with one of it its principal tenors

Handa Opera Sydney Harbour Carmen THE F full cast

Arnold Rutkowski is one of the principal tenors in this year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, taking on the role of Don Jose in the production of the classic by Bizet, ‘Carmen’. Ahead of the performance’s debut this Friday on Sydney Harbour, we spoke to the Polish singer who let us in on a little bit […]

Why you need to see the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Carmen

Handa Opera Sydney Harbour Carmen THE F big dress

Few things in this world as an adult can leave you dumbfounded, but the forthcoming production by Opera Australia of Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’  is definitely one of them. And that’s being said without even having seen it yet. Sure, we saw the interpretation of the romantic, saucy, firey, spicy (etc.) story of love and flirtatiousness come […]

Like drama? You’ll love ‘Tosca’ by Opera Australia

Teodor Ilincai Tosca Opera Australia THE F 4

If there’s one thing to know about Tosca, is that she never knew what she had coming to her. She’s part femme fatale, part manipulator whose conniving and playing of the waif all come crashing down on her and you’re left feeling overwhelmingly final at the crescendo of Opera Australia‘s production of this season’s Tosca by […]

Backstage with tenor Teodor Ilincai from ‘Tosca’ by Opera Australia

Teodor Ilincai Tosca Opera Australia THE F2

In the most dramatic incarnation of Puccini’s Tosca to date, Opera Australia and director John Bell are pulling out all stops in its latest production. Set in a throwback to World War II, the story of love is a war drama that draws you in from the first notes and holds you fast, as a gripping story of […]

Ermonela Jaho in ‘La Traviata’ by Opera Australia will crush you

Ermonela Jaho and Adrian Tamburini in La Traviata

It’s funny; Hollywood movies these days try so hard, pour-in millions of dollars and use some of the world’s greatest ‘talent’ to have the same affect on you as the script of an opera written 154 years ago does. Such is the power of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata on show at the moment by Opera Australia. Sure, […]

5 things you need to know about Tosca

The full season of opera by Opera Australia is well and truly into the swing of things and next cab off the rank is everyone’s favourite, Tosca. The eternal story of war, love and betrayal at a fast pace has carved a reputable name for itself in the annals of history and these are the […]

Opera Australia x Mazda opera in the Sydney Domain

Mazda Opera Australia Domain Sydney THE F 1

It’s amazing to see what bringing together four of the country’s greatest sopranos and tenors, coupling them with ten of the world’s most well-loved arias and putting them on a giant stage in the middle of a park will do. The result? 25,000 people in Sydney alone enjoying the vocal talent of some truly gifted […]

The rarest moment in Australian Opera

King Roger Opera Australia THE F

It’s really not often you hear an opera in Polish, especially in Australia, but Opera Australia took it upon themselves this season to produce just that. King Roger is the Polish language masterpiece written in 1926 by Karol Szymanowski that takes-on many points of contention for many people, regardless of what you think about opera. The […]

Exciting news for the most famous opera by Opera Australia: $2 tickets!

To celebrate Opera Australia‘s 200th performance of the most performed opera in the world, La Traviata, they are offering 200 tickets for sale for a mere 200 cents (that’s $2, if you don’t know). Get excited! Verdi’s La Traviata has continued to attract huge audiences since it was written in 1852 and this season Opera Australia will kick […]

What makes Opera Australia’s latest double-production so impressive

Dragana Radakovic as Santuzza, Diego Torre as Turiddu, Dominica Matthews as Mamma Lucia and the Opera Australia Chorus in Opera Australia's production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci.

It’s not often two internationally-acclaimed operatic numbers are performed side-by-side, but when they are; it’s something of a marvel. Take Opera Australia’s latest incarnations of the Italian Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci operas and you get just that: a stirring musical rendition, worthy of not only a special place in your memory, but a moment in history that doesn’t come ’round […]