A blonde woman in black stands, hands placed together in front of her as if in prayer. She looks upset and pleading. A man in a blue jacket in one shirt can be seen in the background. Big Apple spin gives opera bite

Big Apple spin gives opera bite

1 September 2023

Freeze Frame Opera has done it again, delivering a wildly inventive take on a classic that deserves to be better known. Will Yeoman heads to Broadway. 

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Make August a month to remember

27 July 2023

Is winter over yet? If you can’t beat the weather, just ignore it and stay indoors. Our August gig guide is full of good reasons to do just that. 

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A tower of fun and high notes

A tower of fun and high notes

29 May 2023

This modern spin on a classic fairytale is an entertaining way to introduce children to opera, writes junior reviewer Saskia Haluszkiewicz. 

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Singer Penny Shaw smiles into the camera. She has long dark hair and is wearing a simple necklace. and black top. From Rossini to Rapunzel, with love

From Rossini to Rapunzel, with love

23 May 2023

A popular fairytale gets a snip and a makeover in a fun-loving opera for children. It’s just one of the reasons the multi-talented Penny Shaw loves telling stories through music, writes Julie Hosking.

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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 Opera for today

Opera for today

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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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