Opera Articles

The 10 Greatest Losses to Classical Music

They died (relatively) young and stayed (relatively) pretty. So who were classical music's biggest losers?

May Issue of Limelight: Seven Wonders of Shostakovich

The secrets of Shostakovich, Elgar's Asylum music, Dame Kiri's farewell plus Emma Ayres on a bike...

Concert review: Little Match Girl Passion (Song Company)

Powerful passions run deep in Roland Peelman’s Eastertide offerings.

Jenny Liu makes Opera Australia debut

The talented 24-year-old was picked for The King and I while still at Sydney Con. So is she ready for the spotlight?

No Frills Philanthropy

A new Silo built to be filled with the rudiments of composition in Australia.

Opera review: Rigoletto (Opera Australia, Melbourne)

Warwick Fyfe's hunch-backed sociopathic jester heads a fine cast in this new production of Verdi's classic.

Birgit Nilsson gives $1,000,000 to the Vienna Phil

Prize in honour of the late Wagnerian soprano goes to the orchestra at her old stomping ground.

Copland opera gets Aussie outing

Melbourne's boutique opera company challenges the fine line between reality and theatre with new production.

John Shirley-Quirk has died

English bass-baritone whose distinctive voice and acting skills defined the Britten era passes away at 82.

The 10 Greatest Pieces of Music for Easter

Ten of the most inspiring works for Eastertide. Or what would Jesus have had on shuffle for Holy Week?

Stuart Skelton and Barrie Kosky win at Opera Awards

Heldentenor and iconic director fly the flag at this year's International Opera Awards.

Kristine Opolais makes Met Opera history

Latvian soprano becomes first singer to debut in two roles in consecutive performances.

Stephen Sondheim can help you find the perfect date

Or how online arts reviews have the potential to become the hot new place for musical lonely hearts.

Concert review: Kiss me, Katherina (Southern Cross Soloists)

Southern Cross Soloists continue their tradition of excellence, contributing to Queensland's unique music scene.

Concert review: Julia Lezhneva & the TSO (Hobart Baroque)

Vivaldi, Handel and Mozart give Lezhneva a chance to play a dazzling game of Russian roulades.

Opera review: Orlando (Glimmerglass Festival at Hobart Baroque)

The crowd go bonkers for the crazy Orlando as dull old reason is pitted against the power of love.

Opera review: Madama Butterfly (Handa Opera/Opera Australia)

This model of a modern Butterfly soars as art and spectacle combine on Sydney Harbour.

Why Terracini's Butterfly deserves to spread its wings

Let's hope that the news of Handa Opera’s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

April Issue of Limelight: Miloš – New Guitar Hero

Montenegrin guitar star Miloš. Plus the 25 top European summer festivals worth travelling for.

Opera review: Rigoletto (Opera Queensland)

Verdi's masterpiece makes rather a grand metaphor for Berlusconi's Italy
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