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OA: Metamorphosis

1st November, 2018

Alienation is the theme of Metamorphosis – Opera Australia’s production achieves this on every level. Brian Howard’s musical composition and its performance, the drama, staging, direction all become one in serving the bleakness of Kafka’s famous text. To provide a brief summary: Gregor Samso awakens after an uneasy sleep to discover he’s been transformed into…Read More

Interview: Adrian Tamburini

29th October, 2018

Prior to Opera Australia’s Melbourne season, Deborah Humble spoke to Adrian Tamburini, who performs the role of Chief Clerk in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis. She began by asking him about the part. What was it like being offered a role in such an edgy, non-mainstream production? When I was offered the role of the Chief Clerk…Read More

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance

22nd October, 2018

A Quiet Evening of Dance is worth making a big noise about for its clever and playful exploration of the rules and vocabulary of dance. An interest in bending or breaking the rules has been driving world renowed choreographer William Forsythe since he began choreographing for the Stuttgart Ballet over 40 years ago. Since 1978 he has…Read More

Madiba the Musical

22nd October, 2018

Composed and written by Jean-Pierre Hadida, with co-author Alicia Sebrien, Madiba The Musical is not simply a story about a great man; it also examines the impact of a repressive system on ordinary people and deftly summarises Winnie Mandela as a driving force behind her husband’s publicity.  The musical starts with the Narrator (David Dennis)…Read More


19th October, 2018

Nine is a musical Based on Fellini’s semi-autobiographical movie 8 ½ (1963) Though a musical, it does not shy away from examining some psychological depth along the way. Film director Guido Contini – played here by Anthony Scundi – has found that late in his career, his processes have stalled somewhat, and he is unable…Read More


19th October, 2018

Thanks to Melbourne Opera’s initiative in mounting operas that have never been seen or have been rarely performed in Australia, we now have an opportunity to see the Australian premiere of the “other” Otello. Instead of the familiar masterpiece by a 74-year-old Verdi, we have a very different version from a prolific 24-year-old Rossini, who…Read More

The Met: Samson et Dalila

13th October, 2018

A ten-day trip to New York provided the opportunity to sample some operas and concerts, starting with the Met Opera’s new production of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. It is the Met’s fourth production of this classic, and one of four new productions among the 21 operas making up their 2018/19 season. It is not just a…Read More


13th October, 2018

Simon Rattle calls Pelleas and Melisande “one of the most addictive pieces there is… almost more drug than opera”. Being the centenary of Debussy’s death, 2018 provides an opportunity for Pelleas addicts to indulge and Melbournians don’t have to leave town to do so, thanks to Victorian Opera under its Artistic Director, Richard Mills. Last…Read More

Lagrime di San Pietro

12th October, 2018

Every year the Melbourne International Arts Festival showcases some works which attract exceptional interest and such was Lagrime di San Pietro – Tears of St. Peter –by  Orlando di Lasso. It was performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in  Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre on October 5, 2018, and Petdr Hurley was there for Classic…Read More

MSO: Buddha Passion

11th October, 2018

Cheers, a standing ovation and a constellation of smartphone cameras greeted Tan Dun, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar array of soloists at the conclusion of the Australian premiere of his opera/oratorio Buddha Passion. This was a night to celebrate more than Tan Dun’s significant musical achievement; in addition to the many…Read More