Guest post by the Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Adrian Collette AM
|Michael Lewis and Andrew |
Brunsdon as the rival lovers
When viewing a final rehearsal we try to stay as objective as possible – it’s our last chance to check technical details, whether musical or theatrical: anything from the fall of a gown to the squeakiness of a stage revolve to the subtlety of a cadence. But sometimes, no matter how one tries, professional disinterest is impossible - as it was for me today.
|John Longmuir and Nicole Car as|
the Italian singers in Capriccio
The rehearsal was wonderful to attend for so many reasons: the beautifully detailed revival of this production by the international master of all matters Straussian (Richard Straussian, that is), John Cox; the overall excellence of the ensemble that performs it; the excitement of hearing Andrew Brunsdon's development in this repertoire, or hearing the warm, elegant baritone of Christopher Tonkin, who has returned to us after a stint overseas; or perhaps seeing a perennial Oz Opera touring artist, Tania Ferris, take her opportunity on the main stage as Clairon? As always there is a particular thrill in seeing this kind of professional development in fine young artists - indeed it reflects one of our prime purposes as Australia’s national opera company. (Not to mention two members of our Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program who feature in this production, Nicole Car and John Longmuir.)
|Cheryl Barker as the|