Browsing: Opera

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Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Music Live, Opera

Artist(s): Eva Kong, soprano and Alex Raineri, pianist

Location, Date: Brisbane Music Festival, Saturday August 15, 2020, online from Brisbane.

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This was an exemplary recital in both the planning and the execution, demonstrating a strong musical collaboration between Alex Raineri and Eva Kong and celebrating their wide musical interests.  A wonderful tribute to the resilience of the performing arts during difficult times.”

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Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Lorina Gore (soprano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja

Label: ABC 481 6297

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“Lorina Gore’s prodigious vocal gifts are on display throughout, stamping her as a great Australian coloratura of this generation.”

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Category:Arias, Classical, Music Recording, Opera

Artist(s): Emma Matthews (soprano), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Andrea Molino

Label: ABC Classics 481 4236

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Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This splendid recording of bel canto operatic arias, performed by the leading Australian soprano, Emma Matthews, represents the span of her career to date. It is a treasure trove: jaw-dropping coloratura and glorious tone from Matthews and wonderfully sympathetic playing by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Andrea Molino.”

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Category:Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Latonia Moore (Aida), Walter Fraccaro (Radamès), Milijana Nikolic (Amneris), Michael Honeyman (Amonasro), David Parkin (Ramfis), Dubinsky (The King Gennadi), Eva Kong (High priestess), Benjamin Rasheed (Messenger) Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Brian Castles-Onion (conductor), Gale Edwards (director), Opera Australia (production)

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“The main attraction of this Aida by Opera Australia lies in the splendid singing of the two female leads, rather than in any compelling staging or novel conception of this magnificent late opera of Verdi. Latonia Moore has the perfect voice for Aida, and the role of Amneris, sung by Milijana Nikolic, is also wonderfully realised.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Vivica Genau, Carlo Vistoli, David Hansen, Emily Edmonds, Russell Harcourt, Orchestra of the Antipodes cond. Erin Helyard. Winner, International Opera Awards, ‘Best Rediscovered Work’.

Label: 3 CDs. Artist release. Live recording.Booklet includes libretto.

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Reviewed by: John Weretka

“A triumph of musicology rather than listening pleasure, but nonetheless a substantial contribution to the Hasse discography.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Christopher Lowrey, Hadleigh Adams, Emily Edmonds, Russell Harcourt, Helen Sherman, Sara Macliver, soloists; Orchestra of the Antipodes conducted by Erin Helyard

Label: Pinchgut Live, PG007

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Reviewed by: John Weretka

“This performance is about as fine as one could hope for. The singers are almost uniformly superb, investing the right amounts of heroic bravura and pathetic tenderness wherever required. Every bit as good as the singers is the orchestra, which shows an admirable unity of purpose under Helyard’s direction.”

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Category:Opera

Artist(s): Peter Coleman-Wright, Merlyn Quaife, Lorina Gore, Barry Ryan, David Corcoran, Taryn Fiebig, Kanen Breen, Shane Lowrencev, Henry Choo, Milijana Nikolic, Jane Parkin, Teresa La Rocca, Stephen Smith, Malcolm Ede, Erkki Veltheim Onstage Violinist, Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Elgar Howarth, conductor

Label: ABC Classics 481 1820

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

Joy cometh in the morning; bliss taketh about eleven years, or it did in the case of Brett Dean’s debut opera of the same name. Not that this is entirely unusual in the annals of Australian opera: Richard Meale’s Voss,…

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, New Music, Opera

Artist(s): Soloists: Lorina Gore, Silvia Colloca, Catherine Bouchier, Jud Arthur, Nicholas Jones, David Hamilton, Barry Ryan, Peter Coleman-Wright, soloists. David Stanhope and His Orchestra.Digital realisation of the orchestral score. “The first time an opera has ever been commercially presented with a digital orchestra.” Opera, New Music. 

Label:  2 CDs. Tall Poppies

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This disc is strongly recommended to those interested in opera, Australian music, and further to those who are inclined to perform new Australian operas.”

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Category:Music Live, Opera

Artist(s): Artists: Alexander Voltz (concept, composer, librettist), Michelle Carey (director), Bradley Voltz (conductor, music director, piano), Susan Ellis (soprano), Catherine Upton (soprano), Stuart Quill (narrator), Wayne Brennan (concertmaster), Nicholas Thin (violin), Raquel Bastos (viola), Dominic Fitzgerald (cello), Thomas Crilly (double bass), Jessica Walther (flute/piccolo), Cathy Simmers (clarinet/bass clarinet), Rebecca Meimaris (percussion)

Location, Date: Performance: St Rita’s College, Brisbane, 8th July 2021

Reviewed by: Jenna Robertson

“Despite challenges with the concept and libretto, the two-act chamber opera Edward and Richard: The True Story of the Princes in the Towerby Brisbane-born young composer Alexander Voltz (b. 1999) demonstrates exciting potential and ability in writing music for the theatre. His score is the highlight of this piece.”

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Category:Arias, Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Emma Matthews. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mark Letonja

Label: ABC Classics 481 0776

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

There is a plethora of recordings of sopranos singing Mozart arias. It reflects his genius at composing music of unsurpassed beauty for this voice type, one which he so thoroughly understood and loved. Does this new one from Emma Matthews,…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Elena Xanthoudakis, Andrew Goodwin, Derek Welton, Craig Everingham, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor

Label: Pinchgut Live PG001 (2 CDs)

Reviewed by: Anthony Linden Jones

This recording compiled from live performances of Haydn’s final opera is a revelation. The first CD produced by Pinchgut Opera under the label Pinchgut Live, the recording captures the energy of the performances without sacrificing quality, apart from a couple…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Caitlin Hulcup, Grant Doyle, Christopher Saunders, Christopher Richardson, Margaret Plummer, Nicholas Dinopoulos, Cantillation choir, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, Erin Helyard

Label: Pinchgut Live PG006

Reviewed by: Alistair Noble

“A beautiful Australian revival of Gluck’s great revolutionary opera.” Quite a number of the very important musical masterpieces of the 18th century are not part of the canon of commonly performed works today. One of the greatest of all such…

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Category:Arias, Classical, Early Music, Music Recording, Opera

Artist(s): Sydney Lyric Orchestra, cond. Richard Bonynge. Rodelinda - Valda Wilson (soprano), Bertarido - Fiona Janes (mezzo soprano), Grimoaldo - John Longmuir (tenor), Eduige - Liane Keegan (mezzo soprano), Unulfo- Lorina Gore (soprano), Garibaldo - Michael Lewis (baritone)

Label: ABC Classics 481 0987

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

This disc is pure joy to listen to! One exquisite aria after another (16 in all!) beautifully sung by a top cast of six singers and supported by an excellent small orchestra. Of course the opera is one of Handel’s…

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Category:Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Valda Wilson, Caitlin Hulcup, Christopher Lowrey, Ed Lyon, Andrew Collis, Cantillation Chorus, Orchestra of the Antipodes conducted by Erin Helyard. Directed by Lindy Hume, designed by Dan Potra.

Label: 2 CDs, Pinchgut Opera PG009

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“Pinchgut Opera’s recording of Theodora is an important release offering a world class performance of an extraordinary work.”

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Category:Arias, Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Nicole Car (soprano), Satu Vänskä (Principal and solo violin), Richard Tognetti (Artistic Director and leader), Australian Chamber Orchestra

Label: ABC 481 7430

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“Australian Chamber Orchestra and Nicole Car offer an array of heroines, marvellously sung by our brightest young vocal star.”

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Category:A cappella, Classical, New Music, Opera, Vocal

Artist(s): The Song Company & Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts, conductor. Soloists include Bernie Van Tiel (writer/songwriter/beatboxer/ rapper/actor), Anna Fraser (soprano)

Label: Hyperion

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Reviewed by: Simon Lobelson

“For those interested in new boundaries of vocal writing, a generous tasting platter of items cleverly connected by theme and methodology and well delivered by The Song Company and Tonus Peregrinus under Antony Pitts. ‘Known Unknown’ is a refreshing and accessible take on non-traditional musical delivery, extolling the malleability and effectiveness of the human voice and body as a vessel.”

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Category:Classical, Film, Opera

Artist(s): Directed by Andy Morton and conducted by Brian Castles-Onion, with Julia Maria Dan (Mimi), Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo), Julie Lea Goodwin (Musetta), Samuel Dundas (Marcello), Richard Anderson (Colline), Christopher Hillier (Schaunard), John Bolton Wood (Alcindoro/Benoit), Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra.

Label: DVD. ABC Classic 0763068

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Andy Morton’s directorial debut with this Opera Australia production of this most popular of operas has given us just the right balance of glamorous spectacle (as befits the huge outdoor setting on Sydney Harbour) and intimacy.”

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Category:Classical, Opera

Artist(s): DVD of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour recorded live in April 2012, Emma Matthews as Violetta, Gianluca Terranova as Alfredo, Jonathan Summers as Germont, and Margaret Plummer, Martin Buckingham, James Clayton. Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, conductor: Brian Castles-Onion. Director: Francesca Zambello, sets by Brian Thomson.

Label: DVD, ABC Classics 076 2940

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“If he were still alive today, I am sure Verdi would loudly applaud this spectacular and moving production of La Traviata. Opera Australia’s team have given the classic favourite a contemporary treatment that really works,”

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Category:Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, The Australian Opera conducted by Richard Bonynge.

Label: DVD, ABC Classic 076 3064 recorded live on 23 January 1983, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This DVD preserves and personifies an important and significant period in Australian operatic history.”

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Category:Classical, New Music, Opera

Artist(s): Guerilla Opera, Boston

Label: Navona Records NV6124

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Reviewed by: Gwen Bennett

“Loose, Wet, Perforated does indeed contain some fairly raunchy material within the construct of a medieval morality play – it is an avant-garde piece for a modern audience and hugely entertaining.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Music by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry, libretto by Thomas Hales Pinchgut Opera. Soloists: Ed Lyon, Celeste Lazarenko, Andrew Goodwin, Alexandra Oomens, Jessica Aszodi, David Greco. Orchestra of the Antipodes - Brendan Joyce, leader, conducted by Erin Helyard

Label: PINCHGUT LIVE PG008

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

“With a cast of fine singers and brightly agile orchestra, Erin Helyard and Pinchgut Opera bring joyful energy to Grétry’s endearing and funny show.”

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Category:Classical, Film, Opera

Artist(s): Cio-Cio-San - Hiromi Omura, Pinkerton - Georgy Vasiliev, Suzuki - Anna Yun, Sharpless - Michael Honeyman, Conductor - Brian Castles-Onion, Director - Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), Production - Opera Australia, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Label: ABC Classics 076 2903

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This thoughtful and highly imaginative production of Puccini’s masterpiece was directed by Àlex Ollé, a director with La Fura dels Baus, with a mesmerizing, unforgettable performance of Butterfly by the young Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura.”

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Category:Arias, Classical, Music Recording, Musical Theatre

Artist(s): Greta Bradman, soprano, with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Boynnge

Label: Decca 481 1894

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Silsbury

Adelaide audiences have been listening to Greta Bradman live for many years. With Christie Anderson and Emma Horwood she formed the enlightening and entertaining trio Eve. She was a surefire drawcard at concerts mounted by The Firm, dedicated to promoting…

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