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Amanda Muggleton flexes her acting muscles in ‘Masterclass’

Masterclass | Subiaco Arts Centre | Until Dec 2 | ★ ★ ★ ★   Amanda Muggleton is one of Australia’s great actors, who has time and again, shown us she can deliver the stories of the most intriguing women. Whether it has been in her long running and much loved production of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, in her […]

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OperaBox deliver Massenet’s ‘Manon’

OperaBox deliver Massenet’s ‘Manon’

Local opera company OperaBox are delivering a short season of the French opera Manon.  First performed in 1884, the work is the best known piece by romantic composer Jules Massenet. It tells the story of a young woman Manon Lescaut who is caught between two potential suitors, a conundrum that forces her to choose between […]

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Acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews joins WAAPA

Acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews joins WAAPA

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University has announced that acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews will take on the role of Head of Classical Voice. The highly awarded Australian opera star will commence in the role in January 2018. Since graduating in 1992 from The West Australian Conservatorium of Music (now part […]

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Take a trip from Broadway to La Scala

Opera and musical theatre stars David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune and Greta Bradman are making a return visit with their widely applauded show From Broadway to La Scala. The musical foursome had a sell out tour of the show in 2015 and it’s set to return to the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday […]

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WA Opera continue 50th anniversary celebrations with intimate event

Book in for a special evening at Nedlands Library this June as WA Opera continues their 50th anniversary celebrations. The free event provides an introduction to opera with spoken word performances and live singing to provide an intimate insight into the operatic world. The whirlwind, global musical journey will take people from the beginnings of […]

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Review | WA Opera breathes new life into the classic tragedy of Tosca

Review | WA Opera breathes new life into the classic tragedy of Tosca

Tosca | His Majesty’s Theatre | Until Apr 8 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ It’s important to preface this review with the fact that this was my first opera. I have always been a little sceptical; worried that I may not understand the narrative, or that the classic format would be lost on someone raised on Japanese cartoons and […]

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Ginava brings a little opera to Drag Factory

Ginava brings a little opera to Drag Factory

Some drag stars like to do Cher or Kylie, many do Liza, they can excel with a tune by Britney. Other dig a little deeper and pull out something from the classics. The Court Hotel became quite sophisticated during Drag Factory on Wednesday night when Ginava took to the stage with a little number from […]

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Musical styles meld together in Kollision

Musical styles meld together in Kollision

Kollision | Downstairs at The Maj | Until Jan 28 | ★ ★ ★ ½ Trevor Jones always delivers a good time at his shows. The affable singing piano player has a great knack for developing frivolous banter with an audience and making you feel warmly embraced. Jones, who works across musical theatre, cabaret, opera and a range […]

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Review: The Pearl Fishers

Review: The Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers (Bizet) | West Australian Opera | Until 5 November The WA Opera’s latest production of Bizet’s beloved exotic opus brings to the stage exactly what seasoned opera-goers would expect from the reprisal of a universal crowd-pleaser: competent performances, spectacular set designs, and a tale of romantic entanglement set amidst a tropical clime. […]

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The Pearl Fishers: Diving Deep for Inspiration

The Pearl Fishers: Diving Deep for Inspiration

The WA Opera is presenting The Pearl Fishers at His Majesty’s Theatre from 25 October – 5 November. Bizet’s great opera that was first performed in 1863 is set in ancient Ceylon and tells the tale of two men whose long friendship may be damaged by their love for the same woman. Robert Kemp created […]

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