Victorian Opera

Lucia di Lammermoor (Victorian Opera) and Turandot (Opera Australia) ★★★1/2

Peter Rose
14 April 2016

The speed with which Gaetano Donizetti wrote his operas almost defies belief, especially in our more leisurely age of composition. Don Pasquale (1843), as we know, was written in eleven days. When Donizetti, newly contracted to Teatro San Carlo, fetched ... More

Voyage to the Moon (Musica Viva/Victorian Opera) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
25 February 2016

In this era of the jukebox musical, it is not surprising that the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century equivalent, the pasticcio opera, should be undergoing a revival. A couple of seasons a More

Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera)

Tim Byrne
20 July 2015

In the argument over the programming of Broadway musicals by Australia’s opera companies, it is usually assumed that audiences know the difference between the two forms. But even superfi More