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Opera Australia's Lyndon Terracini Revokes Critics's Tickets for Bad Reviews >>

Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini has had two critics removed from the complementary ticket list after they gave performances poor reviews. "Sydney Morning Herald" classical music critic Harriet Cunningham was removed from OA's list after receiving an email that Terracini was, according to an OA publicist, "very offended" by a piece titled "Why I'm Not Going to the Opera Next Year." Soon after, well-respected critic Diana Simmonds of Stage Noise e-mailed Opera Australia to check on her tickets from the summer season opener of "Magic Flute" and was told she was taken off the tickets list. "In response to some of your recent writing about the company, Lyndon asked that you be removed from the media list,” said the e-mail. Complimentary tickets are usually given to critics, writers, producers, editors and senior media figures who will report on the show. Usually, when a free ticket it given, it is understood that the review that comes from it can be good, bad or anywhere in between.

Pay to Play: Opera Australia Calls for Amateur Singers to Apply for No Pay in Upcoming 'Aida' Staging

Opera Australia Calls for Amateur Singers to Apply for No Pay in Upcoming 'Aida' Staging >>

Like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra using an ensemble of substitutes — now that is a cool band name — Opera Australia will now "employ" students for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the stage to perform "Aida." The catch is that there is no pay — so what "opportunity" are they really offering? No pay or expenses is not a bad way to get your foot in the door. You could even call it an internship, if you really wanted to. And on that note, the "professional" opera house on the harbor has a list of requirements for applicants:

'The Hottest Tenor in the World' Jonas Kaufmann Heads to Australia, Hopes Will Bring Opera to a 'New Audience'

Germany's Jonas Kaufmann, 'Hottest Tenor in the World,' Takes Over Opera Australia >>

Labeled the "hottest tenor" in the singing opera world, Kaufmann has been reckoned to fare with the likes Pavarotti, having a vocal range that is very much undisputed among his peers (except, perhaps, Placido). Next on his schedule, Jonas will head to the land down under, which he hopes will yield a larger audience and bring more fans to opera as a whole.

Soprano Tamar Iveri Plans Benefit Concert for LGBT People to Apologize for Homophobic Letter

Soprano Tamar Iveri Plans Benefit Concert for LGBT People to Apologize for Homophobic Letter >>

Georgian Soprano Tamar Iveri announced yesterday that she is planning a benefit concert in Tbilisi, Georgia dedicated to gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. Iveri said that the concert is a way to apologize once more to LGBT people for a letter expressing homophobic sentiments that was posted to her Facebook page last year.

Ana Maria Pinto: The Portuguese Opera Singer Who Could (Protest) >>

Portuguese soprano Ana Maria Pinto has become the face--or perhaps the voice--of popular protest in her native country. Though her published rep list includes such standard soprano fare as Musetta in 'La bohème' or Rosina in 'Il barbiere di Siviglia,' these days she's as likely to be singing outside in the streets as in Portugal's opera houses.

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