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Opera Australia

Bizet: Carmen [HANDA Opera On Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 3rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bizet: Carmen [HANDA Opera On Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Australia’s HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour uses clever staging to support some excellent vocalism and musical direction in Carmen

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 15th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Opera Australia scores a smash with this well recorded version of Puccini’s last opera. The stage may be minimally furnished but it is filled with the requisite large cast all of whom perform at a high level. An easy one to recommend to all opera lovers.

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata [Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata  [Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Unconventionally staged in the Sydney harbor by Francesca Zambello, this updated version of La Traviata produces some wondrous sights and sounds. Soprano Emma Matthews carries the day and viewers get a real sensory feast from this 2012 production.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Opera Australia mounts a traditional Don Giovanni, featuring current sex-symbol, Tedy Tahu Rhodes. A competent but less than thrilling outing that is outmanned by the worthy competition.

Delibes: Lakmé [Opera Australia/Joel-Hornak] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 19th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Delibes: Lakmé [Opera Australia/Joel-Hornak] Blu-ray Review

Lakmé is an exotic yet rarely performed opera in today’s repertory, largely due to difficulty in casting the lead. Soprano Emma Matthews and her Opera Australia forces deliver a terrific show that is well staged, directed and recorded.

Puccini: La Bohème [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 28th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Puccini: La Bohème [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

An enjoyable Opera Australia production of Puccini’s La Boheme is presented. The young singers in the cast look their parts and deliver some fine singing.

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 30th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado [Opera Australia] Blu-ray Review

Opera Australia offers an updated version of its classic production of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece, The Mikado. A strong cast, aided by superb music and stage direction makes for a most enjoyable watch.

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