Chaundy’s Tannhauser for Melbourne Opera a triumph
Melbourne Opera set itself an enormous challenge in staging one of Wagner’s grand romantic operas, Tannhauser, for a debut opera season at the Regent Theatre. The company, which does not receive a government subsidy, chose an opera requiring 14 named singers, a chorus of more than 50, a large orchestra, and a complex production design.
Suzanne Chaundy, a regular Melbourne Opera director, delivered her finest achievement in this production. It had focus, pace and was of compelling quality.