Topic archives: Opera Australia

Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

October 26, 2016 6

The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.

It ain’t over til … well, now, maybe, for opera companies

It ain’t over til … well, now, maybe, for opera companies

September 29, 2015 3

The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.

Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

May 29, 2015 8

In the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis' audacious shake-up of arts funding, the cultural sector is on the brink of civil war.

Media briefs: government-supplied footage … spelling it out … Barrow appeals …

Media briefs: government-supplied footage … spelling it out … Barrow appeals …

January 6, 2015

What the TV networks told viewers about footage given to them by the government. And other media tidbits of the day.

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor’s job

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor’s job

September 5, 2014

Why has Australia’s most heavily subsidised arts company, Opera Australia, cast Alan Jones in its production of Anything Goes? The company's artistic director, Lyndon Terracini, claims it's the shock jock's "wicked sense of humour". Hmmm, only one of those words accurately describes Jones...

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

August 1, 2014

A review of four government-funded opera companies around Australia should revitalise this adventurous and resilient art form and find new ways to engage more artists and audiences.

Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

June 26, 2014 10

Do you hate freedom or do you hate brown people? These were the choices on offer -- but it's a false dichotomy, and you can reject both terms.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 23, 2014 3

Tasmania, the black sheep of Australia? ... staff dissent at Opera Australia ... Qld Labor lives on ...

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

November 28, 2013 3

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist's vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

Ring Cycle: if you can watch 16 hours of opera, read on

Ring Cycle: if you can watch 16 hours of opera, read on

November 20, 2013

Wagner's 16 hour-long Ring Cycle is not for the casual opera fan, but die-hards are in for a treat.

Media briefs: Kim sues <em>SMH</em>… <em>Guardian</em> gun walks …

Media briefs: Kim sues SMHGuardian gun walks …

October 16, 2013 1

Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams plans to launch defamation proceedings today against Fairfax Media over an article claiming he stormed out of a Sydney Opera House Trust board meeting ... and other media tidbits.

Theatre review: <em>Carmen</em> — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Theatre review: Carmen — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

April 2, 2013

It's as good as Carmen can be, indoors or out. Opera Australia's Sydney Harbour spectacle might not be pure, but it's a visual feast and the performers are world-class, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Tips and rumours

January 30, 2013 2

The SMH knows no boundaries ... empty chair at Opera Australia ... Abbott's terra nullius ...

Tips and rumours

January 17, 2013 1

Changes at helm of Opera Australia, Brisbane film festival ... do the Freemasons run the joint? ... Tony Abbott's nickname ...

Theatre review: <em>Salome</em> — Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: Salome — Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

October 18, 2012

Gale Edwards breathes new life into a classic biblical tale for Opera Australia. It’s confronting theatre rich with context, wit and gaudy panache, says Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

September 28, 2012

New data released by the Australia Council confirms stagnating audiences for the nation's largest performing arts organisations. But companies say it's not as bad as it looks.

Performing arts audiences stagnating: <em>Crikey</em> analysis

Performing arts audiences stagnating: Crikey analysis

September 6, 2012 5

A major new analysis of public source attendance data for Australian performing arts companies published today by Crikey reveals stagnating audiences across the sector.

How the opera set put Yarrabah in tune with its past

How the opera set put Yarrabah in tune with its past

August 29, 2012 3

Last night 1000 locals from the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah sat in the shade of a humongous mango tree to watch an opera. Crikey travelled to Far North Queensland to witness what it meant to locals.

Lyndon Terracini: the man with the cheque book at cashed up Opera Australia

March 28, 2012

Lyndon Terracini is embarking on a revolution to make a night out at the opera fashionable again, starting with his $12.5 million outdoor extravaganza La traviata, writes Tom Cowie.

Nothing changes in opera — and nobody seems to care

Nothing changes in opera — and nobody seems to care

November 11, 2011 25

The reason opera is a "heritage" artform is that its audiences don't want to see new operas. Time to abandon the fiction that it deserves more public funding than anything else.