Dearth of Melbourne Opera Ruffles Feathers

Melbourne Opera’s artistic director has called on the board of Australia’s national opera company to explain why it won’t stage productions in the Victorian capital.
Opera Australia will not stage any full shows in Melbourne in 2023, with only five “in concert” dates programmed.
“Whoever’s made this decision to just completely crush Melbourne has got a lot to answer for – it’s inexcusable,” Melbourne Opera’s Greg Hocking told AAP.
“Is it a national company? Or is it a Sydney racket?”
Opera Australia has declined to comment.
Hocking said Melbourne’s opera fans were gobsmacked by the decision, which has been blamed on the State Theatre’s closure for renovations….

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