It's a rare occasion that we get to roll out the red carpet for a royal visit to the Music Makers studio. Not one, but two Queens join us this week: Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elisabeth I, the central characters in Donizetti's bel canto tragedy Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart).
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Der Freischutz (The Marksman), a gothic horror opera long dismissed outside Germany as ludicrous, has ridden changing entertainment fashion to make a rare reappearance in Melbourne.
Its supernatural themes are no longer alien in an entertainment world dominated by magic and monsters, such as the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, says Sally Wilson, the soprano who sings the heroine.
Extract of Conversation Hour interview of Lady Potter with Jon Faine ABC 774 and co-host Cal Wilson on 16 September 2013. Their first guest is Lady Primrose Potter, AC. She is a founding patron, of Melbourne Opera which marks its 10th anniversary by restaging their first opera, Verdi's La Traviata. The production is dedicated to Lady Potter.
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THE 10th anniversary of Melbourne Opera is both a cause for celebration and regret for star soprano Antoinette.Halloran.
Without Melbourne Opera she would not have had the chance to broaden her career options but also laments the hiring of so many overseas opera stars to the country's flagship company, Opera Australia.
"Young singers just aren't getting the same opportunities they used to, with Opera Australia using more and more international artists," Halloran says.