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Hamer Singers Debut Concert

9th December, 2017

In choral circles Christmas is more about revisiting old favourites and giants of the repertoire rather than trying out something new, expect perhaps for some shorter items in a weighty program. So it was  with particular interest that Classic Melbourne accepted  an invitation to the Hamer Singers Debut Concert – As One Who Slept, on December 3, 2017,…Read More

Music for a traditional Melbourne Christmas

28th November, 2017

Every year it’s the same delicious dilemma: which of the offerings on  a groaning musical Christmas table tempts us most?  The sensory pleasure of traditional concerts at this time makes the food and drink image very apt, although you can sample a lot of it without feeling too full! This year  we have the usual…Read More

Opera Australia: The Merry Widow

18th November, 2017

Opera Australia’s current production of The Merry Widow is a delightful confection, full of wonderful music, singing, dancing and unadulterated fantasy. Just as it was originally intended, Franz Lehar’s most enduring composition is back to fill our senses with romance and a touch of the erotic. From the first opening of the curtain, the audience…Read More

Melbourne Opera: Roberto Devereux

14th November, 2017

Melbourne Opera manages to produce high quality operatic productions throughout the year without government funding. This is what makes their current production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux all the more astounding. It is a rarely performed work and the final in a trilogy of Donizetti’s Tudor-era operas presented by the company. The titular character of Roberto…Read More

Hoang Pham with Zelman Symphony

13th November, 2017

The pianist Hoang Pham has long been a friend to Classic Melbourne  since performing at our launch four  years ago and we keep a particular interest in his career.  Following successful collaboration with Zelman Symphony, Hoang is planning another concert, but is more involved in the whole  event than soloists  usually are. We think he has…Read More

Brigadoon -Review

29th October, 2017

To get into the spirit of Brigadoon you must be prepared to embrace a little magic of the past that contrasts with the glitzy superficiality of the present. But just as so many people across the world embraced the Harry Potter phenomenon which also required you to let go of reality, accepting the premise of Brigadoon…Read More

An Australian Christmas

28th October, 2017

Whatever your faith, or views about Christmas, these last weeks before the main event make it a great time to be a music-lover in Melbourne. Not only do the big companies pull out all the stops with full-on productions of ballet, pantomime and even opera, symphony orchestras look through their scores for music with popular…Read More

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