Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci review (Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia)

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For more than a century, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have been performed as a double bill affectionaly known as Cav/Pag, owing to their similar themes of betrayal, revenge and murder. They also share stylistic similarities, being verismo operas (i.e. the post-Romantic realist period, focusing on “real people” rather than kings, queens, gods or myths), and both

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Sydney on stage: the top 11 of 2016

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Despite great uncertainty across the performing arts sector in 2016, there was still plenty of excellent performance in Australia. Over the course of the year, I saw performance in New York, Perth, Adelaide (Mother’s Ruin is brilliant, and a must-see for Sydney Festival), Brisbane (a wonderfully fun staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Melbourne (Lilith: the Jungle Girl was

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Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz – the big arts companies protect no-one by protecting the few

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Yaron Lifschitz, CEO of the Brisbane based circus gave a speech in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast last week that challenged the major 28 arts companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) that make up the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) to demand their funding pool be opened to anyone who

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

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Dance, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office

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Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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See Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle for half price thanks to anonymous donor

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The experience of a full performance of Wagner’s 16-hour masterwork, The Ring Cycle, across four days, is something truly special, and on the bucket list for many arts lovers. There are even “Ring Nuts”, who seek out productions of the epic fantasy four-part opera across the world every year. Now, Opera Australia is giving Melburnians the chance

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Business as usual for Opera Queensland

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Opera Queensland (OQ) may have attracted the harshest criticism from the Federal Government’s National Opera Review for its poor economic record, but the company’s general manager, Russell Mitchell, says he is optimistic about its future. The Review, chaired by ex-banker Helen Nugent, looked at four federally funded opera companies which also included Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia and West Australian Opera.

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Sydney Opera House: The Opera (The Eighth Wonder) review

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It’s rare for an Australian opera to receive a revival of any kind. But to be given a revival of the scale of this production of Alan John and Dennis Watkins’ The Eighth Wonder? Well, that’s completely unheard of. Rebadged as “Sydney Opera House: The Opera”, this dramatically and musically bold piece tells the tumultuous story of

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