Opera

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen Deb­o­rah Jones

NSW Par­lia­ment House, 6 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Daily, 9am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9230 2111 or on­line. Un­til April 28. Mar­garet Ol­ley: Painter, Peer, Men­tor, Muse A sense of so­cia­bil­ity, of learn­ing to­gether, mu­tual en­cour­age­ment and com­mon pur­pose is the most ap­peal­ing as­pect of the Mar­garet Ol­ley ex­hi­bi­tion at SH Ervin Gallery in Syd­ney. Ol­ley was not her­self a great artist, al­though she painted some ap­peal­ing pic­tures, but she was part of a net­work of re­la­tion­ships that ex­tended from her days as a stu­dent to her later en­cour­age­ment of younger prac­ti­tion­ers. Ol­ley’s best work was in still-life com­po­si­tions par­tic­u­larly within the en­vi­ron­ment of her home, which be­came leg­endary for its dense as­sem­blages of pic­tures, fur­ni­ture, vases, flow­ers, screens and ob­jects of all kinds. SH Ervin Gallery, 2 Wat­son Road, Millers Point, Syd­ney. Ad­mis­sion: $7-$10. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9258 0173. Un­til March 26. Save Our Fish From Drown­ing Hedar Abadi’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ca­sula Pow­er­house, Save Our Fish From Drown­ing, ref­er­ences the so­cial con­text of his new home in Liver­pool af­ter flee­ing war-torn Iraq where he lived, trained and worked as a pro­pa­ganda painter dur­ing the au­thor­i­tar­ian reign of Sad­dam Hus­sein. La Travi­ata This pro­duc­tion by Eli­jah Moshin­sky shows the life of so­cialite Vi­o­letta, played by Er­monela Jaho. It fea­tures crowded sets and ex­quis­ite cos­tumes along with Verdi’s fa­mous songs. Con­ducted by Re­nato Palumbo and An­thony Legge. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $45-$340. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til April 1. La Bo­heme This pro­duc­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of first loves. Set in Cafe Mo­mus, Rodolofo is swoon­ing over Mimi, and Mar­cello is aching over Musetta. First loves and first heart­breaks un­ravel on stage in La Bo­heme, one of the world’s favourite op­eras. Fea­tur­ing Greta Brad­man (pic­tured) as Mimi. Cap­sis is cast as a malev­o­lent pup­pet-mas­ter of unusu­ally overt vi­cious­ness. His main gig is provo­ca­teur-in-chief at Ber­lin’s rau­cous, sleazy Kit Kat Klub but, thinly dis­guised, he also bobs up all over the place as var­i­ous mi­nor char­ac­ters and func­tionar­ies. His job is ex­plicit: it is to sniff out Jews as Nazism gains pur­chase. In this read­ing of Cabaret the fully re­alised night­mare of fas­cism isn’t some years off; it’s al­ready ar­rived and taken up res­i­dence. Just open a cup­board or door and take a look. What­ever you think of that idea, it is served ef­fec­tively by James Browne’s blurred-lines set in which a small tri­an­gu­lar space, ringed with light bulbs and flanked by a few stage-side ta­bles, is equally the bare-bones Kit Kat Klub and rooms in Fraulein Schneider’s board­ing house. around 1593, Richard III is the por­trait of a Machi­avel­lian psy­chopath. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $50-$92. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7111 or on­line. Un­til April 1. Away This Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany and Malt­house Theatre pro­duc­tion by Michael Gow is a beloved mod­ern clas­sic set dur­ing the Aus­tralian Christ­mas of 1967. Away is seen through the eyes of Tom, an as­pir­ing ac­tor, and is set against the back­drop of the Viet­nam War and the so­cial up­heavals of the 1960s. The cast in­cludes Heather Mitchell ( Hay Fever) Glenn Hazel­dine ( Dis­graced) and Liam Nuna. Directed by Matthew Lut­ton. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $61-$105. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til March 25.

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