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Online festival proves you can make great opera in lockdown

Online festival proves you can make great opera in lockdown

Gertrude Opera's Yarra Valley Festival highlights included the story of Ned Kelly's sister, and a cabaret piece on Tinder dating fails.

  • by Barney Zwartz

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Pure joy online as Yarra Valley opera brings the love, not the fail

Pure joy online as Yarra Valley opera brings the love, not the fail

Forced online this year, the Yarra Valley Opera Festival showcased impressive talents and powerful music.

  • by Barney Zwartz
Bring me the head of the designer ... but Salome was in fine voice

Bring me the head of the designer ... but Salome was in fine voice

Stunning singing saves this production of Strauss's opera from a distracting and confusing setting.

  • by Bridget Davies
Opera Australia's Faust succeeds by excess

Opera Australia's Faust succeeds by excess

David McVicar’s production of Faust makes theatricality and the making of illusion one of its themes.

  • by Peter McCallum
Melbourne Opera in superb voice for Beethoven's magnificent Fidelio

Melbourne Opera in superb voice for Beethoven's magnificent Fidelio

Beethoven's only opera opens a year of celebrating the composer's 250th birthday, with Melbourne Opera on top of its game.

  • by Bridget Davies
Don Giovanni review: Energetic revival brings shades of #MeToo

Don Giovanni review: Energetic revival brings shades of #MeToo

David McVicar's production brings a #MeToo perspective to the classic.

  • by Peter McCallum
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Transgender opera plays with universal themes

Transgender opera plays with universal themes

The first work based on a transgender experience is a moment of generational change for opera.

  • by Bridget Davies
Opera Australia's Carmen doesn't follow the rules and it works

Opera Australia's Carmen doesn't follow the rules and it works

From the direction to the design, the production of Carmen magnifies everything from colour to tone.

  • by Peter McCallum
Opera highlights of 2019 show it's all about the voice
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Opera highlights of 2019 show it's all about the voice

Some of the best performances proved you don't need bells and whistles for an excellent evening at the theatre.

  • by Bridget Davies
A night of world-class singing and outrageous fun
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A night of world-class singing and outrageous fun

Victorian Opera tops off its season with a sparkling production of Rossini's best-loved opera.

  • by Bridget Davies
An operatic deal with the devil well worth taking
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An operatic deal with the devil well worth taking

Opera Australia's current production of Faust boasts the best tenor we've heard this season.

  • by Bridget Davies