Topic archives: opera

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.

Elvis on the grassy knoll

October 16, 2014 5

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

October 15, 2014 2

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

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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

What happens when the herd panics?

August 8, 2011 3

Crikey readers have their say.

The costly disease in our backing orchestras

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?

Partenope — Opera Theatre, Sydney

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.

See opera up close, for less

See opera up close, for less

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.

See a cowboy opera, or some traditional Mozart

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.

Does theatre work squeezed onto the big screen?

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?

My mother, the Cantonese opera star

My mother, the Cantonese opera star

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.

Frock up for the gloriously gothic opera of Tosca

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.

Has the fat lady sung on ABC’s live arts coverage?

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.