For many, ‘Mack the Knife’ is a song that been covered to death. The truth, however, is far darker. And yes, it involves death.
Donizetti’s opera tells the story of a military alpha jock who fights it out with a local derelict for the hand of a well-to-do lady who wants nothing to do with either. Add a mysterious potion and you have a story of love that is as beautiful as it is awkward. Bravo.
Long before Stephen King appropriated it, there was but one murderous clown. Si chiama Pagliacci. Welcome to the brutal embrace of Leoncavallo’s bloody masterpiece.
Arguably more famous than the versions carved by Chaplin and Bugs, The Barber of Seville is an enduring classic for a reason. (Spoiler alert – it involves cockblockery.)
Hockin’ jewellery, songs about drinking and a stoush with the missus’ new/old bae. Verdi’s La Traviata is not a block of flats in Western Sydney, but a towering ode to doomed love.
There’s a reason opera is used to sell pasta sauce and score slow-motion sequences in Hollywood. The kernel of that is Verdi’s Rigoletto.
La Bohème is a towering classic of the Opera world, but what is it about? Blind ambition, doomed romance and consumption. Has it all, really.
Delibes’ Flower Duet is so widely known, that you instantly know it without actually knowing it, but what’s the story?
Loretta Barnard is back to cut through the multi-layered cake that is the opera. This week it’s Bizet’s towering production, The Pearlfishers.
In her new segment, Loretta Barnard translates and explains opera’s greatest arias. First up, Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.