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fortyfivedownstairs plans to stick around despite development woes

The multi-arts space is threatened by a neighbouring development but has no plans to call it quits.


Why vaccine passports are the future of live performance

Masks and vaccinations have helped European theatres safely reopen, says Adelaide Festival's Rachel Healy.


As COVID wreaks havoc, do we still need a national opera company?

Last year Opera Australia was boasting an operating surplus. Last month it was restructuring to cut 25% staff. And with…


First opera sung entirely in Noongar language commissioned in WA

A new commission will retell a story of sibling rivalry that’s been shared for generations on Noongar boodja in south-west…


The 2020 Opera and Fine Music calendar

From the world premiere of a new opera by Tim Finn and a significant exploration of women’s contribution to classical…


Busting opera wide open: the Pinchgut revolution

Ditching the curtain, delivering surpluses, and winning international awards, Pinchgut is a young company changing the face of opera in…


The feminist opera destroying the 'witches, bitches, britches' archetype

An opera staged in a bathroom is delivering an important message about gender roles and equality.


What is the future of opera?

A three-day forum in Brisbane will interrogate the operatic form and consider opera’s place in contemporary culture.


Rendered speechless: how a wordless opera came to be

Propelled by the Human Rights Commission Report into Children in Immigration Detention, Cat Hope’s opera transcends the political to create…


Metamorphosis: How a visual artist became an opera designer

Artist-come-designer Mark Thompson has created the sets and costumes for Opera Australia’s new production ‘Metamorphosis’, based on Kafka’s iconic novel

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