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CHORUS REVIEWS

In addition to his conducting work, Richard spent three years (2007 - 2010) as chorus master at Opera Queensland, working on numerous productions over that time. He also served as chorus master on the successful ABC CD of Opera Chorus Favourites conducted by Johannes Fritsch which spent three months on the number one slot in the Australian Classical Music chart. He has also served as chorus master at La Monnaie, and at the Wagner Festival in Budapest.


Here is a sample of his reviews as chorus master:


Opera Queensland, Rigoletto,


‘The Opera Queensland chorus under Richard Lewis was wonderful, and did much to underscore the quality feel of the lavish production.’


ABC Radio, Nigel Munro-Wallis


‘The men’s chorus continue to astound me with their assured ensemble singing.’


Opera in Review


Opera Queensland, Magic Flute


‘The Opera Queensland Chorus did some rousing work in the chorus numbers.’


Lames Harper, Courier Mail


‘One of this company’s strongest assets is the chorus and it was musically impressive here, particularly in the choral Isis und Osiris.’


Gillian Willis, The Australian


Opera Queensland Nabucco


‘In particular the chorus was outstanding, with the chorus of the Hebrew slaves a particular standout.’


Nigel Munro-Wallis ABC magazine


‘The Opera Queensland chorus lived up to its’ enviable reputation in delivering the rhythmic vibrancy that holds the opera together.’


William Hatherell, Arts Reviews


‘The supporting chorus accompanying the main characters possessed a phenomenal vocal capacity which heightened the emotive atmosphere for the duration of the performance.’


Australian Stage


‘The greatest pleasure was seeing and hearing the Opera Queensland chorus in full flight.’ 


Brett Debritz, Brisbane News, Artstheatre,