Opera

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Pri­mal, Rav­ish­ing, Im­mor­tal David Robertson con­ducts three sep­a­rate per­for­mances of bal­let scores that Stravin­sky com­posed for Di­aghilev’s Bal­lets Russes. In the first recital, Pri­mal, the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra plays Stravin­sky’s Rite of Spring as well as Steve Re­ich’s The Desert Music. Sub­se­quent per­for­mances in­clude Stravin­sky’s Fire­bird and Petrushka. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Thurs­day, 1.30pm; Au­gust 5, 8pm; and Au­gust 6, 2pm. Tick­ets: $39-$134. Book­ings: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. Car­men In tack­ling Bizet’s Car­men, di­rec­tor John Bell wanted to ex­plore the work on his own terms. Though Bell de­lib­er­ately avoided a spe­cific set­ting, he and his cre­ative team got the de­tails right. Michael Scot­tMitchell’s drab, de­cay­ing back­drop seam­lessly was trans­formed into a vi­brant series of street scenes by Teresa Ne­gro­ponte’s gar­ish cos­tumes, Trent Suidgeest’s in­ven­tive light­ing de­signs and Kel­ley Abbey’s dy­namic chore­o­graphic blend of street dance and con­tem­po­rary dance styles. Clever mod­ern touches abounded. Where Bell’s pro­duc­tion re­ally de­liv­ered was in its dra­matic force and emo­tional power. As Car­men, French mez­zoso­prano Cle­men­tine Mar­gaine (pic­tured) was a sub­tly se­duc­tive free spirit rather than a sex­u­ally su­per­charged siren. She was ma­nip­u­la­tive and teas­ing, but also gen­uinely at­tracted to Don Jose. As Don Jose, Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee (pic­tured)

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