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‘Absolutely extraordinary’: The VR moment that astonished an Aussie movie legend

‘Absolutely extraordinary’: The VR moment that astonished an Aussie movie legend

Bruce Beresford is directing an opera that will be broadcast live in virtual reality. When he put on VR goggles for the first time, his reaction was sheer astonishment.

  • by Nick Miller

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Why don’t we see more pregnant performers? This soprano hopes we will

Why don’t we see more pregnant performers? This soprano hopes we will

Kathryn Radcliffe is about to take to the stage to debut in The Pearl Fishers, while six months pregnant with her second daughter.

  • by Catherine Lambert
Triumphant performance by Stacey Alleaume as La Traviata graces the Harbour
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Triumphant performance by Stacey Alleaume as La Traviata graces the Harbour

Skies that had rained havoc all week allowed a glow to silhouette the Opera House as a company that had lost a year’s revenue was given a chance to spread its wares.

  • by Peter McCallum
Is that an opera in your pocket?

Is that an opera in your pocket?

This stripped-down Marriage of Figaro is perfectly suited to the Netflix generation.

  • by Steve Meacham
‘One of our greatest’: Star soprano Taryn Fiebig dies at 49

‘One of our greatest’: Star soprano Taryn Fiebig dies at 49

Much-loved soprano Taryn Fiebig, “open-hearted, generous and wickedly funny”, has died after a long illness.

  • by Nick Galvin
Musicians not returned as Opera Australia pockets $46 million from property sale
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Musicians not returned as Opera Australia pockets $46 million from property sale

The financial crisis for Opera Australia is far from over, says CEO Rory Jeffes.

  • by Linda Morris
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COVID stole her breath and nearly her life. Now she’s singing again

COVID stole her breath and nearly her life. Now she’s singing again

The pandemic nearly killed opera star Helena Dix when a blood clot landed in her lung. Her training saved her life.

  • by Nick Miller
Sleazy saxophone and Strong direction bring new operas to life

Sleazy saxophone and Strong direction bring new operas to life

Victorian Opera’s new commissions take old myths, add ravishingly beautiful scores with assured performances, and deliver a night of fine opera.

  • by Peter Tregear
Vulnerable women and powerful men: ages-old story hits a modern note

Vulnerable women and powerful men: ages-old story hits a modern note

Young Melbourne composer-conductor Simon Bruckard’s new opera portrays a visceral demonstration of toxic masculinity - by the Greek god Apollo.

  • by Barney Zwartz
Opera Australia to return to Melbourne with snakes, a panther and a horse

Opera Australia to return to Melbourne with snakes, a panther and a horse

Despite its financial crisis, Opera Australia will come to Melbourne this year with two grand operas.

  • by Nick Miller
Interpretation of Bartok is simply chilling

Interpretation of Bartok is simply chilling

The audience for Bluebeard’s Castle is invited to interpret the tale as much as an inner drama as an outer one.

  • by Peter McCallum