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.
September 29, 2015 3
The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.
October 16, 2014 5
Crikey readers talk health messages at the opera and MH17.
October 15, 2014 2
Carmen met her match in the political bullring. But in an opera-worthy plot, she’s back from the dead ..
October 9, 2014
West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet's Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.
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.
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.
November 8, 2013 6
The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.
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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2011 3
Crikey readers have their say.
August 5, 2011 11
An Australia Council-commissioned report into Australia's ballet and opera orchestras reveals an unsustainable business model. But where will efficiencies come from?
March 22, 2011
Handel's Partenope hardly rates as one of the most famous operas of all time, but it's definitely one of the most fun. And Opera Australia has given it a whole new lease of life, says Lloyd Bradford Syke.
March 1, 2011 3
You lose something watching opera in a cinema. But for a fraction of the cost you can watch the world's best opera performances -- while eating popcorn.
July 28, 2010
There's something a little bit old and something a little bit new in Opera Australia's latest suite of winter wonders in Sydney (and later this year in Melbourne). A little something for everyone, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.
July 15, 2010
Good theatre, to misquote Andrew Lloyd Webber, heightens each sensation and wakes imagination. But does the intimacy of live drama work when you put it up on the silver screen, asks Jason Whittaker?
May 26, 2010
W H Chong visits Kuala Lumpur to watch his mother star in a Cantonese opera -- a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza of elaborate costumes, makeup and music, with almost as much drama behind the scenes as on stage.
April 19, 2010
Kings Cross has nothing on this sinister, sordid Roman vestry. On stage in Melbourne, Tosca offers more sex, more sadism, more brutal police corruption than anything served up in Underbelly.
March 22, 2010
After ABC2's live opera broadcast failed to take Australian television by storm, with only 6000 tuning in, is it curtains for the classics on Auntie, asks David Knox.