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A man in a tailcoat conducts an orchestra and choir Massive Mozart
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Massive Mozart

13 September 2021

Mozart’s Mass in C minor is one of his more sublime masterpieces, but its impact was somewhat mitigated by unbalanced forces, says Sandra Bowdler

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A man in a nightgown sits on a bed, surrounded by a 4 other cast members Romantic thrills and spills
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Romantic thrills and spills

23 August 2021

Freeze Frame Opera’s “Angels & Devils” presents unlikely opera repertoire in an unusual venue and Sandra Bowdler says it offers a night of good fun and great singing.

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An audience fills a narrow hall, facing the orchestra on stage, with organ pipes arrayed behind Stravinsky reinvented
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Stravinsky reinvented

12 August 2021

Students rework an orchestral classic side by side with professionals, in what Sandra Bowdler says is a bold experiment with a structural flaw.

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A line of opera singers in formal wear against a limestone wall The implausible made possible
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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.

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hazy orange light bathes a conductor, orchestra and soloists. Behind the stage organ pipes glow in the light Collaboration brings out the best
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Collaboration brings out the best

17 May 2021

Stuffy traditions are pushed aside in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah which Sandra Bowdler says is brought to life with imagination and solid musical values.

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Red streamers fall onto the stage and the cast who are costumed in red Spanish-influenced outfits. A window to sunny Seville
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A window to sunny Seville

19 April 2021

Fancy a COVID-safe trip to Spain? West Australian Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville does not fail to delight, says Sandra Bowdler, despite some uneven spots.

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people sit in a darkened auditorium looking at a stage. In the centre of the stage sits a clarinettist, cellist and piano player Local legends scale chamber challenge
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Local legends scale chamber challenge

13 March 2021

Musica Viva Australia’s first Perth concert for 2021 was notable for the novelty and heft of the programming, the virtuosity of the local players, and the sheer amount of concentrated work which must have gone into its preparation, says Sandra Bowdler.

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HIP Company 'Christmas' Baroque festivities full of surprises
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Baroque festivities full of surprises

7 December 2020

In the second concert since their sold-out launch, Perth’s newest Baroque ensemble imbues Christmas spirit into a surprisingly wide range of musical repertoire.

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a small choir stand on stage with an organ and two soloists sitting in chairs Plenty of Perth talent
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Plenty of Perth talent

25 November 2020

West Australian musicians shine as national chamber music organisation Musica Viva returns to the Perth Concert Hall. Sandra Bowdler reflects on the state’s impressive talent pool.

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio