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Genevieve at home in Brigadoon

20th October, 2017

Soprano Genevieve Kingsford comes from a musical family. Her father, uncle and brother have all played in bands, but she is the only singer among instrumentalists. A few years ago, she followed the call of music and put aside the career she had planned in science. She made her professional debut as Johanna in an…Read More

The Second Hurricane – Review

11th October, 2017

This a piece which composer Aaron Copland and librettist Edwin Denby created especially for students in 1938. For this production, the Victorian Opera Youth Company, featuring singers from the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus perform oratorio style, with a large chorus and seven soloists. The accompaniment was brilliantly provided by pianist Tom Griffiths and the company…Read More

Voyage of Time

8th October, 2017

One of the great challenges of reviewing a performance is to remain in the moment with the music, and not allow oneself to drift into a private reverie. Last night’s Melbourne Festival presentation of Terrence Malick’s film Voyage of TIme, accompanied by a live orchestra and chorus,  (which attempts to encompass the lifespan of the universe) was my…Read More

Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets -Review

3rd October, 2017

    Merlyn Theatre at the Malthouse oozed the atmosphere of a Speakeasy, well past closing time, for this co-production of Victorian Opera and the Malthouse, Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets. The Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra, tuning in the pit, gradually took over from a recording, with a slow, slightly out of tune repetitive chorus…Read More

Spring into country concerts

29th September, 2017

Spring has definitely sprung, and with it are thoughts of pleasant trips to the country for lunch. But why not combine lunch and a concert in our beautiful state? There is lots on offer this spring, so here are a few ideas to tempt you. Our reviewer Julie Houghton started off on the first day of…Read More

Music in the Round – Abbotsford Convent

27th September, 2017

It’s Sunday in September, Spring is in the air, and Melbourne weather is predictably unpredictable. What better way to while away a day than within the walls of the picturesque and historic Abbotsford Convent? Since launching in 1972 at Montsalvat under the auspices of the Australian Musicians Guild, Music in the Round also took place at…Read More

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire -Review

21st September, 2017

Everyone who is interested in dance, or even theatre, knows the name of Fred Astaire. As we are told in this comprehensive portrait of possibly the world’s greatest dancer, Fred left many films and television shows as well as appearing in books and other memorabilia.  So what is the value in seeing two young Australians…Read More

Monteverdi: The Tale of Orpheus – Review

17th September, 2017

The signature note of this performance was Authenticity with a capital “A”. However, you may wish to shrug aside the reviewer’s comments because she is now unashamedly biased in favour of anything produced by the liaison of The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions having reviewed the…Read More

Anthony Callea with the MSO – Review

13th September, 2017

This is the first time I have seen Anthony Callea perform live. And what a great way to see him. Anthony Callea at the top of his game, singing with a world class symphony orchestra; performing two hours of some of the world’s greatest number one hits. It was an enthusiastic sell-out crowd, filling Hamer…Read More

Cantata for John Monash – Review

2nd September, 2017

Sir John Monash is arguably Melbourne’s finest son. That was certainly the general opinion at the time of his death, and even Robert Menzies remembered, “We automatically stood when the great man entered the room.” His contribution to shaping peacetime Victoria and Australia is as significant to his hastening the end of World War I.…Read More