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

Ben Eltham October 26, 2016 6 Comments

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

Ben Eltham September 29, 2015 3 Comments

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

Elvis on the grassy knoll

Crikey October 16, 2014 5 Comments

Crikey readers talk health messages at the opera and MH17.

Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Ray Gill October 15, 2014 2 Comments

Carmen met her match in the political bullring. But in an opera-worthy plot, she’s back from the dead ..

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

Ben Neutze 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.

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Crikey November 28, 2013 3 Comments

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

Crikey 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.

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to <em>Crikey</em>)

The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

Ray Gill November 8, 2013 6 Comments

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.

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

Theatre review: Carmen — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Carmen 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.

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

Theatre review: Salome — Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

Carmen 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.