The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Iain Shed­den Mur­ray Black

(2011) high­light the unique, acous­tic sound and stark, dark po­etry of what they like to call “the duet”. More re­cently there’s the larger en­sem­ble Dave Rawl­ings Ma­chine, of which Welch is also a mem­ber and con­tribut­ing song­writer. Their two al­bums are equally steeped in folk, blue­grass and coun­try mu­sic, but have a slightly more rock ‘n’ roll am­bi­ence. It’s in th­ese two guises that Welch and Rawl­ings tour­ing. It’s the long-awaited re­turn of two of the US’s most revered Amer­i­can song­writ­ers and per­form­ers. En­more Theatre, 118-132 En­more Road, New­town. Mon­day and Tues­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $86. Book­ings: 1300 795 012 or on­line. Jose Gon­za­lez The Swedish in­die-folk mu­si­cian per­forms ma­te­rial from his new al­bum Ves­tiges and Claws. Gon­za­lez gained no­to­ri­ety with his soft-folk cov­ers of songs such as the Knife’s Heart­beat as well as songs by Bruce Spring­steen and Joy Divi­sion, The Bar­ber of Seville Con­duc­tor An­drea Molino and the Aus­tralian Opera and Bal­let Or­ches­tra’s scin­til­lat­ing ac­count of the over­ture to Rossini’s The Bar­ber of Seville set the right tone at the open­ing night per­for­mance. Up­dat­ing the ac­tion to the 1920s, di­rec­tor Eli­jah Moshin­sky’s 21-year-old pro­duc­tion con­tin­ues to con­vince pre­cisely be­cause the opera’s slap­stick-style an­tics make per­fect sense in a set­ting in­spired by the silent movie era. The uni­formly strong cast and stylish or­ches­tral ac­com­pa­ni­ments gen­er­ated al­lur­ing sparkle. Each of the singers had their in­di­vid­ual strengths, and they all ex­celled in the ac­cu­rate ex­e­cu­tion of Rossini’s fast pas­sage­work. Sus­tain­ing a dark-hued tim­bre and dis­play­ing bril­liant comic tim­ing, bari­tone Paolo Bordogna was out­stand­ing as Figaro. Tenor Ken­neth Tarver (Count Al­ma­viva) im­pressed with his shapely phras­ing and light­ness of touch, while freshvoiced mez­zoso­prano Anna Dowsley (Rosina) cap­tured her char­ac­ter’s mix of cun­ning and charm. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $44-$279. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til March 22. what has been left be­hind. Tom Stop­pard’s renowned play is di­rected by Richard Cottrell in this Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion, star­ring Ryan Corr (pic­tured), Blazey Best, An­drea Deme­tri­ades, Josh McConville and Glen Hazel­dine. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Mon­day. Tick­ets: $76-$104. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til April 2.

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