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Business as usual in Peking here, courtesy of Opera Australia. Graeme Murphy’s production is suitably lavish, suitably straightforward, suitably Chinese. It’s a classic case of opera-as-a- nice-night-out. Susan Foster’s Turandot is effective; her voice is large and incisive at the top, but the middle is not so interesting and at times glassy. Rosario La Spina as Calaf has the opposite problem – his timbre is attractively soft-grained, but as it ascends it constricts, and his top, though secure once surmounted, sounds less comfortable. Both seem to be happily generic actors, which suits the show well. Hyeseoung Kown’s Liu is prettily but thinly toned, and she too goes through the stock motions; Jud Arthur goes one step further, and over the top, as Timur. The orchestra and chorus under Andrea Licata are fine, as are the dancers and extras that abound. So there’s nothing to offend, but not much to excite either – all rather uninvolving.

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