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Roberto Devereux article - Broadway World

Dramatic Masterpiece ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Following the company's acclaimed productions of Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) in 2015 and Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) in 2016, Melbourne Opera is finishing its powerful 2017 season with the final instalment of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, Roberto Devereux.

Lohengrin review - Theatre People

Our state’s opera scene has never looked stronger or healthier.

For many years, veteran companies like Lyric Opera, Opera Australia, and Victorian Opera have entertained, enthralled and treated audiences, satisfying every taste with wide-ranging repertoires featuring both traditional and contemporary fare.

Melbourne Opera has been in operation since 2003.

Following their triumphant season of Tannhauser in 2016, last Monday the organisation struck gold yet again with another Richard Wagner masterpiece.

Lohengrin review - Herald Sun

Melbourne Opera’s Lohengrin is a triumph

With its riveting drama, glorious music, radiant voices and its mysterious medieval vision, Melbourne Opera adds a crown to its credentials with its new production of Richard Wagner’s sprawling romantic work, Lohengrin.

For a composer who created some of the most monumental works of the repertoire and who envisioned and had constructed an opera house exemplifying his ideals, there is no surprise that he dictated all aspects of production scrupulously.

Lohengrin review - Limelight

Wagner’s swan makes a splash in Melbourne.

Lohengrin review - The Plus Ones

Melbourne Opera’s ‘Lohengrin’: a visual feast

Melbourne Opera delights audiences once again with its second Wagnerian opera, Lohengrin, a visual feast that’s well-cast and beautifully sung.

This next chapter maintains the high standard set by its acclaimed predecessor, Tannhäuser. Director Suzanne Chaundy delivers once again with an exploration of human behaviour, this time in the setting of the old world. She patiently allows the story to slowly unfold, build drama, and end with a terrific climax.

Lohengrin review - Classic Melbourne

After making the metaphorical leap across Collins Street last year for Tannhäuser, Melbourne Opera returns to the Regent Theatre for its next shot at the grand Wagnerian experience, Lohengrin. What this production may lack visually – due to a limitation of budget more than imagination – it makes up for with splendid musicality, led by some principal singers of considerable talent.

Lohengrin review - Stage Whispers

After a successful Tannhäuser in 2016, Melbourne Opera lifted the bar further with Wagner’s Lohengrin. We knew we were in for a special evening with an ethereal start to the overture, the sixty piece orchestra under the firm baton of David Kram. Having the brass in the boxes at the side of the auditorium added to the excitement.

Lohengrin review - The Australian

Melbourne Opera’s Lohengrin: ideal approach to Wagner

Lohengrin review - Simon Parrish

Grand in scale yet intimate in detail, Melbourne Opera’s lavish, confident and lovingly polished production of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin is an immensely satisfying experience.

Lohengrin review - The Age

Melbourne Opera successfully tackles early Wagner

The great Italian composer Rossini was not a fan of Lohengrin: "One can't judge it after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend hearing it a second time," he said.

Fortunately Melbourne Opera has a higher opinion of Wagner's early masterwork, and provided convincing evidence at the Regent Theatre on Monday.

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