Australia’s HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour uses clever staging to support some excellent vocalism and musical direction in Carmen
A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.
Opera Australia scores a smash with this well recorded version of Puccini’s last opera. The stage may be minimally furnished but it is filled with the requisite large cast all of whom perform at a high level. An easy one to recommend to all opera lovers.
Unconventionally staged in the Sydney harbor by Francesca Zambello, this updated version of La Traviata produces some wondrous sights and sounds. Soprano Emma Matthews carries the day and viewers get a real sensory feast from this 2012 production.
Opera Australia mounts a traditional Don Giovanni, featuring current sex-symbol, Tedy Tahu Rhodes. A competent but less than thrilling outing that is outmanned by the worthy competition.
Lakmé is an exotic yet rarely performed opera in today’s repertory, largely due to difficulty in casting the lead. Soprano Emma Matthews and her Opera Australia forces deliver a terrific show that is well staged, directed and recorded.
An enjoyable Opera Australia production of Puccini’s La Boheme is presented. The young singers in the cast look their parts and deliver some fine singing.
Opera Australia offers an updated version of its classic production of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece, The Mikado. A strong cast, aided by superb music and stage direction makes for a most enjoyable watch.