A Hakoah hero passes away..

September 10, 2019 by  

Former Hakoah player and coach Gerry Chaldi passed away this week in the Montefiore Home in Sydney’s Hunters Hill on the day his daughter Alex was married in Israel where she lives. Read more

Bright young stars shine In West Side Story: a review by Victor Grynberg

August 22, 2019 by  

If PORGY and BESS is the pre-eminent American Folk Opera, then certainly WEST SIDE STORY is the outstanding American Musical. Read more

Whiteley: a stunning triumph for Opera Australia

July 17, 2019 by  

Victor Grynberg reviews the premiere of a new Australian opera recounting the life of the iconic artist Brett Whiteley… Read more

Madama Butterfly reaches new heights: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

June 30, 2019 by  

When Opera Australia premiered their new era digital sets last year with the production of AIDA not everybody was as enthusiastic as this critic. Read more

Salome: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 12, 2019 by  

Once banned. Still shocking. But Salome is bloody and fantastic. Read more

Werther: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 1, 2019 by  

Suicide is painless when Massenet pulls the strings. Read more

Wozzeck: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 3, 2019 by  

After the glorious melodies of LA BOHEME and TURANDOT Opera Australia’s latest production is Alban Berg’s atonal opera, considered today a modern opera but written almost 100 years ago in 1925. Read more

Turandot: re-working lifts opera to new heights

January 20, 2019 by  

Giacomo Puccini is rightly acclaimed for so many brilliant operas, and for many of the arias and duets in his less successful works. Read more

New stars create another success for the world’s favourite opera

January 6, 2019 by  

There will always be carping critics complaining about Opera Australia repeating once more the world’s most played 0pera, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme”…writes Victor Grynberg. Read more

Keshet Eilon Australian Friends Launched With A Stunning Performance

October 26, 2018 by  

Australian music Young Performer of the Year  Emily Sun studied in a music college situated in a kibbutz in Western Galilee several years ago. Now she has performed in Sydney at the inaugural concert staged by a new group raising funds for the college.

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The Turk in Italy: an Opera review by Victor Grynberg

August 13, 2018 by  

2 parts Rossini + 1 part Phillips = a sparkling cocktail. Read more

Aida…spectacular and phenomenal: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 22, 2018 by  

The reader may think this headline refers to the much-anticipated digital set for this new production of Verdi’s great opera by Opera Australia. Read more

Rigoletto: Tragedy and melody in triumph: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 8, 2018 by  

This 17th of the 37 operas that Verdi wrote, arguably has the best score of all his masterpieces. Read more

Singers shine in Lucia di Lammermoor: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 3, 2018 by  

Exquisite singing was the memorable takeout of the re-staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. Read more

Anne-Sophie Mutter with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: a music review by Victor Grynberg

June 19, 2018 by  

On her third visit in just six years, arguably the world’s leading violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter clearly wanted to share her ability with a delighted Sydney audience. Read more

La Bohème: Puccini’s masterpiece of love and loss transfers superbly to Sydney Harbour – reviewed by Victor Grynberg.

March 26, 2018 by  

This is the sixth opera  since Opera Australia commenced their Operas on the Harbour in 2012 with Carmen repeated last year. Read more

Magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto lives and dies a great “Don Quichotte”: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 21, 2018 by  

After much anticipation, and a non-appearance on opening night due to indisposition, Sydney finally saw the great Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role for which, world-wide he has appeared  and received rave reviews about. Read more

La Superba: Nicole Car’s triumph in La Traviata..a review by Victor Grynberg

March 2, 2018 by  

Since the all -conquering Nellie Melba, Australia  has had an enviable record of producing world-class sopranos for over 100 years. Read more

Kosky’s genius brings hilarity to an opera farce: The Nose – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 25, 2018 by  

 

Based on a novel by Gogol, Shostakovich’s opera The Nose is as ridiculous a story as ever seen in opera. Read more

Rinat and company star in dazzling Carmen – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 13, 2018 by  

It was a lot more than Israeli Carmen superstar Rinat Shaham and the glorious music of Georges Bizet that prompted the audience to rise as one for a rapturous standing ovation at the premiere last Saturday night. Read more

This widow made her audience merry…an operetta review by Victor Grynberg

January 8, 2018 by  

There were high expectations for the new production of Franz Lehar’s biggest hit The Merry Widow when it opened in Melbourne in November. Read more

Madama Butterfly: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

October 25, 2017 by  

Last July Victoria’s Minister for Creative Arts, (in)famously accused Opera Australia of being happy to have an audience that will “die in their seats”. Read more