What makes a good opera performance?

Recently I have seen:

• the Victorian Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress (conducted by Richard Gill);

William Hogarth: A Rake's Progress, Plate 2: S...

William Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress, Plate 2: Surrounded By Artists And Professors, Engraving, 35.5 x 41cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Hogarth: A Rake's Progress, Plate 6: S...

William Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress, Plate 6: Scene In A Gaming House, Engraving, 35.5 x 41cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

• The Australian Opera’s production of The Barber of  Sevllle.

We are lucky in Melbourne to have regular screenings at the Nova Cinema in Carlton of opera filmed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as well as having a steady supplies of DVDs which we can hire from the video store.

Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center), staircase

Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center), staircase (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center), auditorium

Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center), auditorium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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