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The Godfather Live: Sydney Symphony review (Sydney Opera House)

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The Godfather, almost indisputably, stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time; (the American Film Institute ranks it right behind Citizen Kane). And now the SSO has joined the family business. Directed by Francis For Coppola in 1972 (literally a dozen directors turned it down) and based on Mario Puzo’s eponymous novel,

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La Boheme review (Sydney Opera House)

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It’s Rent, really. With these sets and costumes, high rent. I’ve lost count of the number of times this production of Puccini’s punchy opera La Boheme has been around. But I do know it premiered at Melbourne’s Arts Centre on April 12, almost four years ago. (What’s four times 525, 600 minutes?)

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Iphigénie En Tauride review (City Recital Hall, Sydney)

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There are two words that spring to mind when I think of opera. Pomp. And circumstance. Pomp, in light of all the sets, costumes and theatrical excesses that so typify the big-end-of-town expressions of the form. Circumstance, because of melodramatic contrivances implicit in libretti, that stretch credulity to its outer edges.

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Ben Folds with the SSO (Sydney Opera House)

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I didn’t expect to, nor did I hear it. Bitches Ain’t Shit, the perennially youthful-looking American singer-songwriter-composer-producer Ben Folds’ fearless dig at the more misogynistic side of hip-hop culture wasn’t really suitable material, I suppose, for an evening with the Sydney Symphony. But there was plenty of other grist to the mill, in terms of

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The Elixir of Love opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love was once the most popular opera around. It took just ten years (from its 1832 debut in Milano) to become so. Runaway showbiz hits aren’t anything new. Opera?! Showbiz?! Yes; especially when you afford it the informality director Simon Phillips does in this Opera Austtraliaproduction, which has been around

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