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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vale Irene Dalis - October 8, 1925 – December 14, 2014


Farewell to the gorgeous voice and talented singing actress that was the great Irene Dalis.  With a career that spanned many years in many different guises, director, singer and actor to, not to mention the founder and director of San Jose Opera, her presence will be sadly missed.

I've had in my collection a libretto of Verdi's Aida ever since I was about 13.  It had pictures of Irene Dalis as Amneris wearing the famous Nefertiti headdress, though not the one above.  I was, of course, completely captivated and she has to me been forever associated with the role ever since.

Dalis was also a fine Wagnerian and is nigh on peerless as Kundry, her portrayal for Knappertsbuch in his 1962 recording remains a benchmark to this day and a prize in my collection.

To say goodbye to another operatic giant, here is a live recording of Irene Dalis' Judgement Scene from Aida recorded in New York, the Met Broadcast from March 3, 1962.  Requiescat in pace Diva.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Great Anna Bolenas, part one - Elena Suliotis

One of the most rewarding parts of working on an opera, as in any artform is the research involved in getting your ideas into a coherent concept.  For opera specifically this involves a lot of listening. 

Fortunately there are a  number of recordings available that I can draw inspiration from.  Recently I discovered a copy of the Silvio Varviso/Decca recording with Elena Suliotis in the title role. The cast alone makes you want to hear it and trust me it's truly worth a listen.

Marilyn Horne is Seymour and Nicolai Ghiaurov is a gorgeously dark velvety suave Henry VIII, John Alexander a thrilling, heroic Percy.  Below is the finale scene, it's worth a listen for the hairstyle alone.  Enjoyble listening for a Sunday evening. Have a great week.


#OperaBox #FringeWorldFestival #FringeWorld  #AnnaBolena

Friday, December 12, 2014


I can FINALLY tell you about what I've been working on these last few months now the embargo has lifted, I can't believe I lasted this long without letting the cat out of the bag.  It's the Bel Canto brilliance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

Having only ever been presented in Australia once, way back in 1875, we are proud to be able to present the modern premiere.  We're presenting it as part of the Fringe World Festival 2015 and can't wait to bring this rarely performed gem to Perth audiences.

Click on the image to take you to our special Fringe World page where you can learn more about this exciting production and book you tickets to this exciting event.

If you want a little more information about who and what OperaBox is all you have to do is click here.  Have a great weekend everyone.

#Opera #OperaBox #Donizetti #BelCanto #AnneBoleyn #AnnaBolena

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Donizetti: Poliuto

One of Donizetti's rarely performed gems was first performed in Napoli, Teatro San Carlo, 30 November 1848.  It has one of the most rousing finales of anything Donizetti wrote.  It's essentially a love duet as soprano and tenor await their fate as martyrs with a bit of chorus interjection, but is also a popular concert hall favourite as a duet in itself.

The first recording I ever heard was with Katia Ricciarelli and Jose Carerras it was on a compilation of love duets with Madama Butterfly.  If you can find it I totally recommend it, both were caught in the absolute height of their prime.

Above is the cover of their complewte recording, a live performance from the late 80's and well worht a listen.  But what I would like you to witness is the below video of the both from a recital televised back in the late 80's.  A great way to end a Sunday.  I hope you had a great weekend.


Friday, November 28, 2014

We need your help!

As OperaBox prepares for it's fifth season we've kicked off a crowd funding campaign in order to help us deliver the standard of opera performance our loyal audiences have asked for.  While we can't reveal what opera is being performed until December 11, trust me you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Click on the image above and it will take you to the funding site, or head to the right side bar for more information. We've put together a little video to get your interest piqued and hope you enjoy it.  

Did I mention perks?  Yes there are aplenty.  Please share this with your friends to help us grow and contribute to the ever expanding cultural foundations of our great city.

#OperaBox #Opera #CrowdFunding

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

And it's about time too...

...that I post an update as to what I've been doing lately.  As you may know I've been collaborating with OperaBox, a local not for profit operatic organisation bringing opera to a new audience in Western Australia.

The website, designed by your truly is now live and you can view the results by clicking on the image above.

Stay tuned for an important announcement on December 11 - when we announce our next opera.  It's exciting, bold and something not seen in Australia in over 115 years...stay tuned...

#OperaBox #Opera

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oh Hai!

It's been a while I know, but I've been working really hard on my current project with OperaBox, hence my absence here.  I STILL can't tell you what it is we're working hard to bring to fruition until December 13 and it's killing me not being able to tell you. 

Next week however, something exciting IS happening at OperaBox.  You'll have to stay tuned to their Facebook page and here to find out what the buzz is about.  Trust me it's BIG.

To make up for the lack of information I give you some Tudor eye candy in the form of Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon and some equally important ear candy in the form of Bel Canto Tenor Supremo, Juan Diego Florez.  Enjoy and hang in there until the weekend, it's not long now.


#OperaBox #Opera #JuanDiegoFlorez #Donizetti #HenryCavill

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mondayitis has struck so I'm posting these...

...two amazing and inspirational drawings for Il Trovatore.  These were done by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen for productions at Salzburg, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.  Another design winner from one of the greatest theatrical minds of the 20th Century. I consider myself privileged to be in contact with such esteemed company.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Il Trovatore

As I get ready to attend the General Dress Rehearsal of WA Opera's new season of Verdi's Il Trovatore on Tuesday afternoon I thought I'd share these two beautiful designs for the opera by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen.

According to his son Alexander these were done rather early in his career, in Bremen.  I love them.  Have a great week.