• An outdoor stage with rock wall and trees behind. On the stage are four singers dressed in contemporary clothes. One actress is posing in front of a table while another crouches to record her on a phone La Boheme – a modern day opera

    La Boheme – a modern day opera

    12 March 2022

    Freeze Frame Opera are the arts community’s first responders, says Rosalind Appleby. And they have done it again, with a production of La Boheme that couldn’t be more pertinent.

    Reading time • 7 minutesMusic
  • A line of opera singers in formal wear against a limestone wall The implausible made possible

    The implausible made possible

    14 June 2021

    A duet for cats, death by avalanche, dying while singing – the cast from Freeze Frame Opera’s “The Impossibles” deliver implausible operatic moments with gusto, says Sandra Bowdler.

    Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
  • A woman with long dark hair smiles at the camera Talking opera with Penny Shaw

    Talking opera with Penny Shaw

    17 February 2021

    After 20 years of singing with the West Australian Opera, Penny Shaw is finally allowed to talk! The soprano is the MC for the City of Perth Opera in the Park this year and in this entertaining podcast she chats to Rosalind Appleby about life as an opera diva hosting gala events.

    Reading time • 3 minutesMusic
  • a man leans over a woman trapped on a day bed A beautiful but chilling return to live opera

    A beautiful but chilling return to live opera

    23 October 2020

    The West Australian Opera has returned to the stage with a stellar local cast but Rosalind Appleby says the beauty doesn’t mask the darkness in ‘Cosi fan tutte’.

    Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
  • two women in red gowns perform either side of a man in a tuxedo Witty winter antidote

    Witty winter antidote

    20 July 2020

    Opera divas get vicious as Government House Ballroom reopens its doors. Sandra Bowdler relishes this opera parody by DivaLicious.

    Reading time • 5 minutesCabaret
  • High art is high entertainment

    High art is high entertainment

    3 February 2020

    Bourby Webster says nothing’s sacred in the clever DivaLicious show, Defying Gravity! – and it’s hilariously entertaining.

    Reading time • 4 minutesFringe World Festival
  • Penny Shaw and Robert Hofmann. Photo Mark Liao A man sings to the camera with a woman leaning against him Music theatre delight

    Music theatre delight

    16 September 2019

    Robert Hofmann and Penny Shaw, ‘Au Naturel!’ ⋅
    13 September 2019, Kidogo, Fremantle ⋅
    Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅

    Reading time • 3 minutesMusical Theatre

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio