twisted, but it is also much smaller than that of any other character on stage, which in certain moments lends a vulnerability. The play is very pared back, especially in the final scenes. Director Peter Evans’s taut version of the play features Mulvany as dramaturge. Playing entirely in one room, on Anna Cordingley’s highly effective set, the cast never leaves the stage. They move the furniture around to change locations, and freeze for the scenes they are not in, but they are always there. The production also gives considerable weight to the women, especially the bitterly prophetic Queen Margaret, whose great curse scene is magnificently done by Sandy Gore. The others are Rose Riley, Meredith Penman and Sarah Woods. But the core of this production’s success is Mulvany’s brilliantly revealing performance. Sydney Opera House. Bennelong Point, Sydney. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $50-$92. Bookings: (02) 9250 7111 or online. Until April 1. 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. During the performance on March 21, the curtain will remain open during the set change between scene one and two in Act II. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets: $45-$340. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until April 1. by Iain Grandage, visuals by Amy Gebhardt and selections from Miller-Heidke’s new album and her decade-long back catalogue. Here she performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Opens March 23, 6.30pm; 8pm. Tickets: $49-$129. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Until March 25.