Broadway in Sydney: Opera Australia’s ‘The Merry Widow’, showing now

Merry Widow Opera cancan

It was late last year that Melbourne soprano superstar Danielle de Niese made her triumphant return to the Melbourne Arts Centre stage in the debut of the new Graeme Murphy production of The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) by Opera Australia. By Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar in the early 1900s, the piece has been reimagined in a Broadway-come-Gatsby […]

What to know about Opera Australia’s The Merry Widow before opening night

New Year, new line-up and Opera Australia is not set to disappoint this summer season in 2018. First cab off the rank this year is the latest production, The Merry Widow, exploring the story of the tiny state of Pontevedro, which is bankrupt. Their only hope of financial salvation lies in Hanna, a beautiful widow who inherited […]

The Opera Australia and Mazda ‘Opera in the Domain’ is back again this summer

Mazda Opera Domain

If you’re not in Melbourne for the annual Mazda Opera in the Bowl, then the Sydney version that is the Opera in the Domain is back with a vengeance and better than ever. A stellar line up of Australia’s finest opera singers and musical talents will gather under the stars on Saturday 13 January 2018 to perform […]

A day in the life of a modern Opera Australia diva: Stacey Alleaume

Merry Widow Opera Australia Stacey Alleaume

Stacey Alleaume is a soprano singer for Opera Australia whose tenure to-date has been more than impressive. Currently performing the role of Valencienne in the soon-to-come production by Opera Australia, The Merry Widow, she epitomises the modern day dive (not in the Mariah Carey or Naomi Campbell way) as she wows with her stunning vocals. Well-practised from […]

Mazda Opera in the Bowl hits a 10-year milestone on a high in Melbourne

Mazda Opera in the Bowl

Since 2007, Opera Australia has dazzled and delighted over thirteen thousand music lovers, singers and opera-curious alike with the vocal talents and stylings of their cast and costume department in the annual Mazda Opera in the Bowl. This year in 2017, it’s back again, taking over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to fill the Melbourne city skyline […]

‘The Magic Flute’ by Uni of Sydney is perfect for future opera singers

Sydney Conservatorium Music Con Opera Mozert Magic Flute Zauberflote Queen of the Night Pamina

Sure, it’s one thing to see some of the world’s greatest opera singers do their thing for the likes of Opera Australia, but what about the up-and-coming talent that you don’t see too often? Well, a lot of them come from the likes of Sydney’s prestigious Conservatorium of Music, are students and offer some of […]

Madama Butterfly by Opera Australia is flying away after 20 years

Opera Australia Madama Butterfly Capitol Theatre Sydney set

It was 20 years ago that Moffatt Oxenbould directed Opera Australia’s since two decade-long production that is Madama Butterfly. The production has lived on between cities, bringing the joy of the Madama to audiences around Australia but now after a fair stint, Opera Australia is retiring the production, giving the Butterfly one last flutter before […]

Opera Australia is selling Halloween costumes for as little as $2

La Boheme Opera Australia, Sydney Opera Huose THE F 5

Halloween is here in 19 days, so now’s about the time you hit the ‘panic’ button. That’s why Opera Australia has decided to be basically everyone’s saviour this year by putting on a sale to end all sales as they empty out their MASSIVE warehouse. The thing with Opera Australia is that every costume they’ll […]

The Merry Widow operetta is coming to the Melbourne Arts Centre in November

Opera Australia Merry Widow

If operettas (little operas) are more your thing than full-blown three-hour productions, then The Merry Widow might be right up your alley. Especially flown in for it, Melbourne-born international opera star Danielle de Niese will make a return to home to perform in her first opera in Australia. MORE: It’s been a decade since the […]

Ferruccio Furlanetto & Igor Tchetuev in recital with Opera Australia

Feruccio Furlanetto Opera Australia recital

World renowned baritone, Italian Ferruccio Furlanetto flew in to Sydney recently to make an appearance on the stage of the Sydney Recital Hall that was more than well-received. For an hour and twenty minutes, he and pianist, Ukrainian Igor Tchetuev performed in a recital after Furlanetto wound-up his acclaimed performances as King Philip II in Don Carlos to give […]

It’s been 10 years since the saddest day for opera

Luciano Pavarotti At Poplar Creek

Back in 1983, Dame Joan Sutherland – after who the Sydney Opera House’s largest theatre is named – and the world’s most famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti joined forces to bring crowd to tears. Some 27 years before, Opera Australia was founded to occupy the Sydney Opera House and take-on the world’s operatic stage. It’s been […]

Why 2018 will be Opera Australia’s most creatively-charged year yet

Handa Opera Sydney Harbour Carmen THE F fireworks

The last few months posed a challenge – albeit exciting – for Opera Australia. Why? They went without their coveted Joan Sutherland Theatre in the illustrious Sydney Opera House and it was a whole new challenge. RELATED: The saddest thing to happen to opera since 2015 However, despite that 2018 is proving to be a […]