Opera

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

Luisa Miller Based on the play Love by Ger­man play­wright Friedrich Schiller, Verdi’s Miller (1849) is a gloomy, tragic tale of ill-fated love, du­plic­ity, thwarted de­sire, class con­flict, political in­trigue and re­venge. Di­rec­tor Gian­carlo del Monaco has shifted the set­ting from the 17th cen­tury to the 1930s. The fa­mil­iar stric­tures of class and power still make sense in the up­dated set­ting. So­prano Ni­cole Car’s per­for­mance as the epony­mous hero­ine was an­other tri­umph. Singing with fo­cused clar­ity and ef­fort­less agility, she dis­played im­pres­sive strength and tonal va­ri­ety. Car’s act­ing also con­vinced, suc­cess­fully con­vey­ing Luisa’s girl­ish in­no­cence and warm­hearted gen­eros­ity. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Mon­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $44-$299. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 29. Voy­age to the Moon Fash­ion­ing a capri­cious as­sort­ment of late baroque and early clas­si­cal op­er­atic pearls into a sin­gle, mu­si­cally com­pat­i­ble and dra­mat­i­cally co­he­sive strand, Voy­age to the Moon re­vives baroque pas­tic­cio opera tra­di­tions in a compact, recita­tive-light for­mat well­suited to con­tem­po­rary tastes. The re­sult of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Vic­to­rian Opera and Mu­sica Viva, this semi-staged work takes as sub­ject mat­ter a sec­tion of Lu­dovico Ariosto’s early-16th-cen­tury epic Or­lando fu­rioso. Writer and di­rec­tor Michael Gow’s text is draped neatly over arias and en­sem­ble num­bers by Han­del, Gluck and lesser-known con­tem­po­raries de Majo, Hasse and Or­lan­dini. The guid­ing ex­per­tise of Gow’s late col­lab­o­ra­tor, Amer­i­can mu­si­col­o­gist Alan Cur­tis, is ap­par­ent, with the orig­i­nal

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