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

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

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

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

Elvis on the grassy knoll

Elvis on the grassy knoll

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

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

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

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

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

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)

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

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

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.