• The Fool and The Opera

    The Fool and The Opera presents opera for beginners, by beginners.

    The program is in 4 acts, with no intermission and pokes and prods at opera until all the delicious and delectable treats and goodies come pouring out. Set to launch on December 7 at 6pm.

    You can also read the daily blog which is your diary to Australian opera. It's incredibly useful, especially if you want a diary that has a bad sense of humour.

    Audio producer: Jed Gilbert

Recent Posts

  • John O’May talks about Stephen Sondheim

    Celebrated baritone John O’May has performed in more professional Sondheim productions than anyone else in the country. He’s played Bobby in Company for the Sydney Theatre Company, The Baker in a benefit concert of Into the Woods for the AIDS Trust of Australia in 1992, Benjamin Stone in an ill-fated production of Follies, and most memorably, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins and Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, for the Melbourne Theatre Company.

     
  • The Fool and The Opera Stephen Sondheim Special

    Stephen Sondheim turns 80 on March 22nd. This podcast of The Frequency charts Sondheim’s progression from lyricist on West Side Story and Gypsy, through his hits including Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George to his most recent production, Road Show.

     
  • The Fool and the Opera (28 Feb 10) Episode 62

    Post Mardi Gras, Personal Masseuse and Peach Melba. Dan Vo was joined by audio producer, Jed Gilbert, Diff’rent Strokes presenter, Jade Gulliver and technical engineer, Nick Bassett sharing their favourite opera tracks with Grant Mildwaters and Natalie Bennett in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

     
  • The Fool and the Opera (21 Feb 10) Episode 61

    Monkey morphology, morning medicine and melody mitosis. In this episode, Dan Vo returned for the penultimate show! To help Dan out was the gorgeously fabulous Christian Gillette. We had a listen to the new album by electro pop duo The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year an opera that covers the life and work of Charles Darwin. And our guest Christian joined Dan to talk about the In Good Company production of Carmen and also the upcoming show directed by Greg Eldridge – iOpera 2.0.

     
  • The Fool and the Opera (14 Feb 10) Episode 60

    Star crossed lovers, a dream lover and an icy Princess. Yes all this love in the air can mean only one thing, it’s Valentine’s Day. Join summer host Paul Williamson for arias of love from Gershwin, Gounod, Bellini, Giordano, Berlioz, Verdi and Puccini.

     
  • Interview with Alex Budd

    Alex Budd, General Manager, Melbourne and Enterprises for Opera Australia, joins summer host Paul Williamson to talk about his background and his love of opera. Alex’s music choices are Verdi, Monteverdi and gay composers Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten.

     
  • The Fool and the Opera (7 Feb 10) Episode 59

    A South American mission, two pairs of lovers and the Liebestod. We hear the remainder of the interview with Alex Budd, General Manager, Melbourne and Enterprises, for Opera Australia. Alex’s music choices are Monteverdi and Britten. As well there’s a quirky track from a movie soundtrack, and selections from Puccini, Bizet and Wagner.

     
  • The Fool and The Opera (31 Jan 10) Episode 58

    A religious radical, a genial General Manager and a date with the devil. Alex Budd, General Manager, Melbourne and Enterprises for Opera Australia, joined Paul Williamson to talk about his background and his love of opera with tracks by Gershwin, Calvin Bowman and Berlioz. Alex’s choices were Verdi and gay composer Samuel Barber.

     
  • The Fool and The Opera (24 Jan 10) Episode 57

    Four bitching Jews, three lush female voices and a soprano with an aria. Special guest Melanie Adams, soprano and member of Aria Co, joined summer host Paul Williamson to talk about operatic training, repertoire, voice types and Aria Co’s upcoming series of concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Melanie’s musical selections were Villa-Lobos, Nicolai, Thomas and Richard Strauss.

     
 
 
 
 

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