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Opera review: The Nightingale and Other Fables, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Festival

A stunningly inventive operatic reimagining makes its Australian debut in Adelaide. 

Candide. A group of flamboyantly dressed 18th century figures gather around a bare chested central figure.

Theatre review: Candide, Palais Theatre

Operatic technique played second fiddle to a hilarious and hugely enjoyable production. 

The Magic Flute. A man in blue overalls and shirt playing a flute. There are silhouettes of birds on a curtain behind him.

Opera review: The Magic Flute, Sydney Opera House

A new iteration by director Kate Gaul on Mozart's classic search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment.

‘The Nightingale and Other Fables’ upcoming at Adelaide Festival 2024, directed by Robert Lepage. Photo: Michael Cooper. A performer in traditional Chinese garment standing on a rooftop with a branch extending out into the violet night sky.

Orientalism, a stain that taints Australian opera?

From yellowface to chinoiserie – Orientalism pervades Western stages, so will that include Adelaide Festival’s upcoming, lauded centrepiece opera?


Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera announce inaugural collaboration

A story of religious devotion ending in martyrdom, Handel’s ‘Theodora’ will be staged in concert at Sydney Opera House.

Orpheus & Eurydice. Minimal white stage set featuring a cage, with acrobats and opera singers.

Opera review: Orpheus & Eurydice, Sydney Festival

Far from detracting from the enjoyment, acrobats add to the complexities of this classic opera.

A promotional image for Opera Australia. Against the sails of the Sydney Opera House a figure in red looks up to the sky.

What our opera companies are offering in 2024

New leadership means new energy for major companies in an exciting year.


Opera review: Galileo, Victorian Opera

A bold and epic new opera from Richard Mills that almost reaches its potential.

Götterdämmerung. A Wagnerian male singer is on his knees screaming out in distress, while a man behind him attacks him with a staff. Other figures stands out around in furs.

Opera review: Götterdämmerung (The Ring Cycle), QPAC

Well-crafted and powerfully delivered, Götterdämmerung’s resounding success concluded a polished and exceptional Ring Cycle presented by Opera Australia in Brisbane.

Siegfried. Lone man with sword on a red stage in front of huge image of glaring eyes.

Opera review: Siegfried (The Ring Cycle), QPAC

'Siegfried' offers some of Wagner’s finest singing in an opera that has its flaws alongside its emotional highs.     

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