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?

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.

Opera Australia's Rigoletto

Verdi’s dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in Rodger Hodgeman's new production for Opera Australia. Giorgio Caodura and José Carbó share the role of Rigoletto while the delightful Emma Matthews stars as Gilda.

The Prime of Miss Emma Matthews

Australia's top coloratura sings Mozart and talks training, top notes, bel canto, bosoms and Bonynge.

Opera Australia's Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin is the journey from what could be to what might have been. In between lies the tragedy. Danish director, and Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Kasper Holten’s intriguing new production portrays Tatyana and Onegin as two dreamers whose lives drift and dance around each other, at the mercy of capricious breezes.

Kasper Holten: On Eugene Onegin and why opera matters

Covent Garden's Tsar brings Eugene Onegin to Australia and talks Tchaikovsky, childhood and the future of opera.

Masked Ball dominates Green Rooms but no musical is up to scratch

Opera Australia's new Verdi tops the poll with Melbourne Theatre Company the other judges favourite.

Opera review: Carmen (Opera Australia, Sydney)

Zambello’s handsome Carmen is graced by some fine performances, and not just from the horses.

Opera Australia's Carmen

The ultimate femme fatale is back to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance in Opera Australia and Francesca Zambello's latest production of Carmen.

Opera review: The Turk in Italy (Opera Australia)

Rossini's six characters in search of an author find one, plus a first-rate director and production to boot.

Live Review with video: Die Walküre (Opera Australia)

Another night of wonders and the best is saved ‘til last, but more of that later.

Neil Armfield: One Ring to rule them all?

Australia's most respected director on what music means to him and how he learned to love Wagner’s epic.

Jonas Kaufmann heads down under

With Kaufmann, Sir David McVicar and Kasper Holten, Lyndon Terracini pulls out the big guns for Opera Australia's 2014 season.

Richard Mills withdraws from Opera Australia's Ring in Melbourne

The maestro leading one of Australian opera's largest and most expensive undertakings calls it quits, citing issues of "personal chemistry".

Happy Birthday Wagner: have some cake!

Opera Australia celebrates the great man’s birthday with a life-sized Valkyrie helmet cake.

Opera Australia slashes singers' contracts

Lyndon Terracini cuts back on key opera principals in order to accommodate another musical.

Opera Australia posts 44% growth

New CEO and Chairman to join company as 2012 Annual Report shows an excellent bill of health.

The Many Incarnations of Carmen

From WWII American army base to South African slum to bootylicious hip-hop club, Carmen certainly gets around.

Opera on Sydney Harbour panned by French critic

Classical magazine Diapason hurls barbs at Opera Australia’s “hideous monstrosity."

Reign of Terracini to last five more years

Opera Australia endorse current artistic leadership amidst impressive financial results.

Synaesthesia: is it like being on psychotropic drugs?

MONA's true colours shine through in a festival exploring this strange musical phenomenon.

Live review: Salome – Opera Australia

Starring Cheryl Barker, John Wegner et al; Opera Australia
Sydney Opera House, October 12

Salome with a woman's touch: decapitation, slit throats and gore

We peer behind the veils in Opera Australia's gruesome new production.

Opera Australia's Salome: sex, violence and pole dancing

Cheryl Barker lets her hair blood-soaked hair down in Gale Edwards' gruesome production.

Lucia di Lammermoor: Opera Australia opening night

Emma Matthews sings the tour-de-force mad scene in this stark, shadowy new production.

Opera Australia CEO Adrian Collette steps down

The long-serving chief executive steered the Opera through troubled times and transitions.

Opera Australia 2013 season launch, Sydney Opera House

Sterling performances from Warwick Fyfe, Jose Carbo, Teddy Tahu Rhodes... And the cancan.

Opera Australia's 2013 season unveiled

Lyndon Terracini presents a tale of two operatic titans in two cities.

Opera Australia: South Pacific 2012

Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the first Lincoln Center Theater production seen in Australia.

True-blue G&S: Why Australians love The Mikado and Co.

A Gilbert & Sullivan junkie's take on how the Savoy Operas became part of Australia's theatrical DNA.

The Melbourne Ring ticket hunt begins

Opera Australia is about to release tickets to its 2013 Ring Cycle. But who stole the Rhinegold?

Live review: Die Tote Stadt (Opera Australia)

Cheryl Barker, Stefan Vinke, Jose Carbo
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Sydney Opera House, June 30

Opera Australia – Korngold's Die Tote Stadt

Opera Australia's sumptuous production is the Australian premiere of this 20th-century masterpiece.

Die Tote Stadt: Opera Australia proves size doesn't matter

A larger-than-life opera gets the cinematic treatment.

Prima la supermodel? Catwalk opera

Is the Golden Age of the voice coming to an end as the barihunks and high-fashion divas take over?

No tragedies in Opera Australia’s annual report

The opera powerhouse gets back in the black in 2011.

La Traviata non-slip but not water-proofed

Not even wet weather fears can dampen the excitement surrounding Opera on Sydney Harbour.

La Traviata's crystal chandelier

Limelight hopped in a water taxi to follow the 9.5m chandelier and its 10,000 Swarovski crystals across the Harbour.

The Marriage of Figaro - Opera Australia

In 2012, Mozart’s revolutionary masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro gets a new production for Opera Australia from one of the most exciting theatrical minds in Australia, Benedict Andrews. After his award-winning productions of The Wars of the Roses and The Seagull, what will he make of Mozart?

Dame Joan Sutherland: the true story

Richard Bonynge gives his personal account of the struggles and triumphs of his late wife, La Stupenda.

A year at the opera: the Top 12 to see in 2012

My personal selection of the hottest tickets for opera-lovers around Australia.

Opera Australia's The Magic Flute

Mozart's The Magic Flute gets a new lease of life in the hands of director Julie Taymor (The Lion King), whose accessible production has already enchanted audiences at The Met. Dazzling costumes, puppetry, English dialogue and a 100-minute run-time make Opera Australia's staging a magical performance for all the family.

The Magic Flute: behind the temple doors

Mozart’s most popular work for the stage may also be his most misunderstood.

Win double passes to La Traviata on Sydney Harbour!

Up for grabs: tickets to an exclusive preview of Opera Australia's outdoor extravaganza.

Lyndon Terracini: The 2011 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

The artistic director of Opera Australia on why the artform needs to adapt and reach out to survive.

Choose Edmond: a musician mastering the market

One young tenor shows that many hands really do make light work.

Opera Australia ditch the pit for a 2012 premiere

Cheryl Barker and Jose Carbo unveil the new opera season in style.

Terracini's Opera Australia: where the wild things aren't

In 2012, the reign of Terracini begins at Opera Australia. Here's what's in store for his first programmed season.

Of Mice and Men: keeping the American dream singing

At 85, American composer Carlisle Floyd still has plenty to say about opera.

Opera Australia's Of Mice and Men: behind the scenes

As the staff of Opera Australia put the finishing touches on their new production Of Mice and Men, we went behind the scenes to see how the set and costumes are created, with veteran designed John Stoddart as our guide.
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