Justin attended the opening night of Carmen on Cockatoo Island for Opera Australia. Read his theatre thoughts on the whole experience and the production itself.
Belvoir and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra came together to bless the newly renovated Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with fairies, lovers, and clowns galore in the beloved classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Eamon Flack’s adaptation strips away much of Shakespeare’s original dialogue, giving Mendelssohn’s 1842 incidental music a rare chance to take centre stage and shoulder the weight of creating Shakespeare’s best-known waking dream. Read the full review now!
The world can’t seem to let go of Phantom of the Opera. And why should they? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical with a flair for the operatic, featuring classic Broadway ballads and that ever-haunting organ is one of the longest running in the world. For the first time, The Phantom of the Opera haunts the Joan Sutherland Theatre; a macabre tale that is right at home in the Sydney Opera House. Read the full review now.
Murder, deceit, suicide, lust, superstition and a fair whack of good old-fashioned misogyny – just another day at the office for Opera Australia. The conductor Andrea Battistoni was suitably and satisfyingly dark haired, gorgeous and intense, doing that whole-of-body type of conducting that we all love to watch. Having not been to the Concert Hall with its revamped acoustics yet,last night’s orchestra at the Joan Sutherland Theatre sounded pretty damn impressive. Read the full review now!
A story about a 15-year-old Japanese geisha who is chosen, impregnated, abandoned, and finally brought to suicide by her American husband, composed by an Italian man who has never been to Japan, Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera classic Madama Butterfly is controversial to say the least. Read the full review now!