Wagner and Verdi are the highlights of season 2013 for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne.
The season was announced on the stage of the Sydney Opera House amidst rousing arias and fireworks.
The prospects for Opera Australia appear bright.
Already the Ring Cycle in Melbourne is all but sold out.
We were told at the launch of the gruelling preparation for the singers involved. They have to learn their own parts and cover for others in what must be a fiendishly challenging learning exercise.