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Opera: life without a microphone

Performing opera is one of the most challenging roles a singer can undertake. In this clip from Behind the News, join Kirsty Bennett as she discovers the complexities of opera and the demands it makes on singers' voices.

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Dame Nellie Melba in a procession at Lilydale, 1902

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows the arrival of operatic soprano Nellie Melba (1861-1931) in a procession at Lilydale in Victoria during her 1902 tour of Australia and New Zealand. Melba is seated in a buggy at the front of the procession. The procession, which is made up of people in buggies and men on horseback, ...

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Sheet music cover for 'Bottle-O', 1910s

This is the front cover of the music score for the song 'Bottle-O'. The cover states that the song was 'specially featured by Jack Hagan in Wm Anderson's pantomime “The Babes in the Wood”' and was composed by Ella Ogilvy. The cover features a line drawing of a bottle with a photograph of Jack Hagan on it and also includes ...

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Sheet music cover for 'Women! You Have Nobly Done Your Share', 1917

This is the front cover of the music score for the song 'Women! You Have Nobly Done Your Share', with words by Private Harley Cohen and music by Marsh Little. The cover has the words 'Dedicated by Permission to Her Excellency Lady Helen Munro Ferguson and a Tribute to the Women of the Empire', and a quote of unknown provenance: ...

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Lowering the Tone: 45 Years of Robyn Archer, 1993: 'A star is torn'

This clip shows Robyn Archer walking through the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, describing her great-grandmother and the man she knew as her great-grandfather, who were vaudeville performers, and the sense of continuity she feels with their choice of career. The footage is intercut with shots of Archer's performance ...

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Lowering the Tone: 45 Years of Robyn Archer, 1993: 'Menstruation blues'

This clip shows Robyn Archer speaking about female musicians, then several women, Archer included, performing the song 'Menstruation blues'. Archer then speaks about young women entertainers and their role in the 'vanguard' of women's issues.

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Bran Nue Dae, 1991: Growing up Aboriginal

This clip shows playwright and musician Jimmy Chi and actor Stephen Albert talking about attending a mission school near Broome in Western Australia, and being separated from family to attend school in Perth. Chi also describes his semi-autobiographical musical 'Bran Nue Dae'. Albert, who grew up with Chi and performed ...

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Outback Opera, La Boheme Tour, 2002: Musetta

This clip shows members of the touring arm of the Australian Opera, OzOpera, onstage in an outdoor cafe scene from Puccini's opera, 'La Boheme', as Musetta sings her famous Waltz aria from Act II. The clip opens with a title screen explaining what is to come. Musetta then sings the Waltz. Mimi and another cafegoer join ...

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Outback Opera, La Boheme Tour, 2002: Going to the opera

This clip shows members of OzOpera, and of the audience, preparing for a performance of Puccini's opera, 'La Boheme', at Whyalla in South Australia in 2002. The clip begins with the conductor Tobias Foskett joking with members of the cast as they put on their make-up. The scene shifts to a family preparing to go to the ...

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The Maori Hi Five showband

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Māori showband, The Maori Hi Five. This three-quarter length portrait shot shows the band members grouped against a plain, light coloured wall. They are dressed to perform, hold some instruments including a saxophone and guitar, and smile at the photographer. They are (front row, ...

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David Hobson reflects on Joan Sutherland, 2005

This is an edited sound recording of tenor David Hobson recalling the atmosphere in the Sydney Opera House on 2 October 1990 when Dame Joan Sutherland, the famous opera singer, gave her emotional Australian farewell performance. Hobson speaks of Dame Joan's sense of humour and her down-to-earth nature. He mentions a crystal ...