Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Macbeth (Various)

A trio of treasures in a bargain box of value for money Verdi

West Australian Opera's Otello

The tragedy, the drama, the scheming and betrayal of Verdi's Otello presented by the West Australian Opera, Cape Town Chorus and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Opera review: Otello (West Australian Opera & Perth Festival)

Otello on an aircraft carrier sails on a sea of orchestral pleasures if short of a proper captain at the helm.

Claudio Abbado has died

Eminent conductor and one of the leading lights of his generation passes at 80.

Verdi: Requiem (La Scala)

A Requiem for all humanity and our wayward civilisation.

Bizet, Massenet, Thomas, Puccini, Verdi: Arias and Scenes (Machaidze)

Wooly moments aside, this young singer’s making strides.

Verdi: Arias (Anna Netrebko)

Opera’s superstar soprano takes on bicentenary boy Verdi.

Verdi: Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera/Mariotti)

Rigoletto in Vegas features more feathers than a chook raffle.

The 14 greatest composer portraits throughout history

Not only did these composers write immortal music, they inspired history’s great artists to new heights of expression.

Verdi: Attila (Mariinsky Opera)

Gerviev takes on Verdi’s tale of rape, pillage and operatic arson.

Netrebko's brave new world

The soprano's first solo album in five years reveals a new dramatic voice and opens up some intriguing future career paths.

Verdi: Overtures and Preludes (Filarmonica Della Scala)

Chailly's Italian orchestra scores a goal for Verdi's home team.

Opera Australia: The Force of Destiny

Opera Australia's latest production of Verdi's classic opera of elopement, love, vengeance and doom. With a plotline that has a series of deliciously complex twists and disguises, Matheson has created a production that revels in its own extremes.

One choir, two stars, three birthdays

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs plan to pop the bubbly while Cheryl Barker and Stuart Skelton cut the cake(s).

Verdi: Complete Works

The ‘ne plus ultra’ of Verdi birthday boxes.

Totally Terfel

On the eve of his Australian tour, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel chats intimately about Wagner, Verdi, viticulture and the NSW Golf Club.

Villazón Sings Verdi

Villazón comeback continues with a tribute to Italy’s birthday boy.

Who is Australia’s best orchestra?

Sydney first and Tassie last in first ever blind-listening test of Australia’s orchestras.

Opera Australia: La Traviata on the Harbour (DVD)

A magnificent live production done justice on DVD.

Warwick Fyfe: "Falstaff’s No Father Christmas"

Opera Australia’s heavyweight champion talks Falstaff, fatsuits and fad diets.

Opera Australia's Falstaff: It ain’t over till the fat knight sings

Warwick Fyfe’s magnificent peformance for Opera Australia proves there’s nothing wrong with new wine in old bottles.

Verdi's Falstaff: Opera Australia

Simon Phillips' production for Opera Australia gets a timely revival.

Live Review: Verdi's Il Trovatore (Opera Australia)

Maybe not Caruso's 'dream team' but this revival of Verdi's blockbuster has its moments.

Verdi's Il Trovatore: Opera Australia

Elke Neidhardt's production for Opera Australia gets a timely revival.

Review: Un Ballo In Maschera (La Fura dels Baus, Opera Australia)

V for Verdi, V for Vendetta: in this dark take on dictatorship, terrorism and betrayal, everyone wears a mask.

Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (Masked Ball): Opera Australia

La Fura dels Baus' sinister new production makes conspiracies and regicide seem inevitable.

Villazon records Verdi arias for Deutsche Grammophon

Verdi year begins – watch footage from the session.

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.

Tragediennes 3: Various arias (soprano: Veronique Gens; Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset)

Gens scores a hat trick with heroines familiar and forgotten.

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 Greatest Death Scenes in Opera

Opera's 12 most gripping last gasps: stabbings, suicides, strangulation and more!

The Top Ten Opera Films

Our pick of the top ten opera films of all time – from Zeffirelli to Bergman.

La Traviata: Opera on Sydney Harbour launch

The launch of Opera Australia's Opera on Sydney Harbour at the Sydney Opera House May 24.

VERDI Messa da Requiem (Soloists; Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Muti)

Muti’s is a performance with a sharp feeling for drama.

Il Bel Sogno: Arias by Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Verdi (soprano: Inva Mula; Zagreb Phil/Lipanovic)

This CD is an excellent example of what has happened to the recording industry since the collapse of European Communism – an Albanian soprano recorded in Croatia singing French and Italian arias for a British company

Mad Scenes (soprano: Natalie Dessay)

Going mad on stage necessarily involves making a frightful racket, unlike the crushing, often silent insanity of real life.

DONIZETTI • PUCCINI • VERDI The Italian Tenor (Vittorio Grigolo [ten],Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma / Morandi)

Vittorio Grigolo’s Sony debut, four years ago, was as a crossover star, crooning easy-listening Italian pop. But don’t let that fool you.

Sydney's floating opera

Verdi’s La Traviata will be performed on a floating stage on Sydney Harbour next year, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has announced.

Celeste Aida: Excerpts from 11 Verdi operas and the Requiem (tenor: Luciano Pavarotti, various artists)

These discs contain highlights from 11 Verdi operas (including a rarely heard aria in French from The Sicilian Vespers) designed to showcase Pavarotti.
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