REVIEWS

Critically acclaimed productions include:

Ned Kelly

Styles/Goldsworthy (Explores one of our most iconic figures and the people and places that drove the Kelly Gang to the violent stand-off and siege at Glenrowan. Irish squatter, beekeeper, cross-dressing Republican, murderous bushranger and devoted family man are just some of the contradictions in this complex and compelling story staged at No. 1 Mill, Jarrahdale);

Watching Samuel Dundas as Ned Kelly, dressed in his makeshift armour with its iconic helmet, and staggering as the police bullets rain down on him at Glenrowan, while the lighting suddenly illuminates the bush behind the performance venue with a dark pink hue, is one of the most haunting images in this chamber opera – and one that I will long remember."

Jo Litson, Limelight Magazine 2019

 

“A solid, gripping production…the music and performances are terrific.”

Steve Dow, The Guardian 2019.

Trouble in Tahiti

Bernstein (a site specific re-imagining of Leonard Bernstein's opera staged in a private house in the affluent suburb of City Beach);

“5 stars...a production with which, from the originality of its conception to the excellence of its execution, it is difficult to find fault.”  The West Australian 2017.

Don Procopio

Bizet (a comic opera in a new English translation by Thomas de Mallet Burgess and new orchestration by Chris van Tuinen about age and ageing performed in a suburban Italian club and wedding venue in partnership with an aged care facility);

“Lost and Found Opera’s wildly imaginative production dissolves the boundaries between performer and audience, reality and make-believe...Lost and Found Opera is one of the few genuinely disruptive — dare I say agile — arts organisations in Australia...This opening night performance was an absolute delight, the mix of garish costumes, physical comedy, engaging arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, audience interaction and Burgess’s witty English translation combining to make this Big Fat Italian Wedding a night to remember. In short, Lost and Found Opera have done it again."  The West Australian 2016

Médée

Milhaud (the classic Greek myth reflecting the last stand of the matriarchy staged at Fremantle Arts Centre  in a reclaimed storeroom containing an original cell from the building’s former use as an asylum for women that also housed alcoholics, prostitutes and the infirm);

“Darius Milhaud’s 1938 opera Médée was given a gripping Australian premiere by Lost and Found Opera…This production shouldn’t be missed.” The West Australian 2015

In the Shadow of Venus

Heggie/Menotti/Hoiby (three short American operas performed at various locations in and around Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) including one opera projected live onto the large cultural centre piazza screen; Winner of the West Australian Arts Editor Award 2015);

“Perth’s innovative opera company Lost & Found again breaks new ground with a hilarious triple bill performed in as many sites.”  The West Australian 2015

The Emperor of Atlantis

Ullmann/Kien (an opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and performed on the elevated platform (bimah) used for the reading of the Torah at Perth Hebrew Congregation Synagogue);

“a terrific production of an underperformed work…Thomas de Mallet Burgess and Chris van Tuinen are doing great things in Perth at the moment, and Lost and Found Opera are truly offering something different for audiences…The Emperor of Atlantis is one of the most inventive productions you are likely to see this year.”  Limelight 2014

The Human Voice
Poulenc/Cocteau (an opera charting the suicide of a woman as she talks on the phone to her lover, presented to 15 people at a time in a downtown Perth hotel room; production reprised at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Victoria and set for performances in Paris 2018);

“sustained power, searing interiority and superlative musicianship and stage craft”.
The West Australian 2014