Opera

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - John McCallum Ea­monn Kelly

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.

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