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.

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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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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 ⋅

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio