• I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
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Friday, September 06, 2013



Sounds absolutely incredible. It looks like the perfect "starter" Ring too, traditional without being stodgy. I'm very jealous. Ah well, *one day*.
I know you've moved on to brighter lights and bigger cities, but have you had a chance to look at the 2014 Opera Australian season? As a long-time lurker (but first-time poster), I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm particularly dismayed at Cheryl Barker's complete absence from the roster. I struggle to understand why Opera Australia decided to enlist the awful Georgian homophobe Tamar Iveri to sing Desdemona (alternating with Nicole Car, who appears to be in virtually every 2014 production) while leaving Cheryl Barker out in the cold.


I have looked at OA's 2014 line-up. I've been away long enough now that I've not really kept up with some of the company's new favourite singers (like Nicole Car, who has indeed had a swift rise to prominence) so can't really comment on them but I am, like you, quite bewildered by the apparent decision to cut Cheryl loose. She's still utterly in her prime and it's a real shame if the powers that be either don't or won't take advantage of that.


I saw Cheryl's final Tosca last month, and she was glorious. She was vocally resplendent, of course, but it was more than that - she has such a keen dramatic instinct, and it allows her to reach this special kind of pathos. It's practically numinous. I'll miss her terribly.


Michael, you can her Cheryl singing Chrysothemis in SSO's Elekra next year and Hazel, Disney's nurse in The Perfect American, for Queensland Opera

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