Continuing to educate the opera lovers of tomorrow, Victorian Opera once again strikes a deft balance between authentic opera and children’s entertainment with a return season of Hansel and Gretel.
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty-three years. Favourite roles include Eugene Fodor and Junior in (separate productions of) Crazy for You, Mr Fox in Mack and Mabel, Max in The Sound of Music, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Julio in Paint Your Wagon, Marcellus in The Music Man and Grantaire in Les Miserables.
I have directed several school productions. I choreographed Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr for St Michael's.
I review music theatre and opera for Theatre People and the Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne). I served on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Committee for five years as Treasurer and I am currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in New York this year, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Simon Parris: Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
A sensational cast of rising talents get vertical til they get vertigo in the Melbourne professional premiere of Bring It On the Musical.
Lovingly re-polished, The Australian Ballet’s precious gem The Merry Widow sparkles again in an evening of pure entertainment.
America’s premier baritone Thomas Hampson made a long overdue Australian debut in this expertly curated and wonderfully intimate performance at Melbourne Recital Centre.
Venerable Melbourne institution The Production Company begins their landmark twentieth season with a concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! that is simply as good as it gets.
Ever-emerald classic The Wizard of Oz gleams with the polish of new designs, new humour and even new songs.
Bursting with vibrant colour and spectacular dance, CLOC Musical Theatre’s new production of Strictly Ballroom the Musicalis a visual feast.
Melbourne hears Massenet all too rarely, making Opera Australia’s presentation of Don Quichotte all the more of a treat.
Melbourne welcomes sumptuous soprano Latonia Moore in a glorious performance, as Opera Australia revives their spectacular production of Tosca.
Opera Australia opens their 2018 Melbourne season with a brightly polished revival of cherished Verdi masterwork La Traviata.