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28 June, 2006

Where was Joan Sutherland last night? At Bollywood Lakme Gala in Sydney!

Opera Australia Chorus and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Opera House

28th June 2006

Dear Colleagues,

Last night we endured a lack-lustre Lakmé opening at the Sydney Opera House conducted by Richard Bonynge in the presence of Joan Sutherland who must have winced more than once.

This opera is a useful vehicle for a phenomenal soprano who comes along every now and then down the decades. One wonders at company management placing able singers into parts for which they just seem unsuited (tenor Jaewoo Kim as Gerald was the exception - he was excellent).

Even Bonynge's conducting seemed slow and uninspired.


Andrew Byrne ..