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Victorian Opera: Cunning Little Vixen

26th June, 2017

Even before the singing, Victorian Opera’s Cunning Little Vixen captured the imagination as members of the adult and children’s chorus capered and crawled about the stage as various animals. Roger Kirk’s colourful costumes draw on elements of the human world in clever, playful ways: the bees, for example, had badminton racquets crossed on their backs…Read More

Interview: Derek Welton

25th June, 2017

Bass-baritone Derek Welton started singing with the Australian Boys Choir before moving onto Melbourne Chorale. In 2004, he won the Encouragement Award at the Herald-Sun Arias and the following year was Runner-up. He is now under contract to Deutsche Oper Berlin and this year makes his debut at both the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg…Read More

Interview: Lorina Gore

20th June, 2017

In May reviewer John Weretka reported that Opera Australia had broken new territory in King Roger, mounting the first opera in Polish the company had ever performed. Here he speaks with leading lady Lorina Gore about this landmark production. JW Opera Australia has been drawing attention to the fact that King Roger is the first time…Read More

The Sleeping Beauty

18th June, 2017

Artistic Director David McAllister’s production of The Sleeping Beauty opened like a gilded jewellery box sparkling with the beauty of a Peter Carl Fabergé treasure. With fine art I usually subscribe to the old adage “less is more”. Perhaps on Friday night it was the inner child in me screaming with delight “more is more!”…Read More

Nutcracker: The Story of Clara

7th June, 2017

An Australian classic continues to ring soundly 25 years on from its debut, but now, Graeme Murphy’s retelling of the most popular classical ballet of all time is uniquely Australian. Historically Nutcracker is set at Christmas time amidst a snowy backdrop of good-cheer and Yule logs burning on a hearth. Murphy’s Nutcracker is designed to…Read More

Melbourne International Singers Festival

2nd June, 2017

With the weather turning so cold, we have a sure way of getting warm – rug up, get inside – and sing! Or go and listen to choral music in its infinite variety. Snow-bound Europeans have known this to be true for years, Tasmania defies the wintry chill with its annual Festival of Voices –…Read More

Tognetti’s Award triumph

31st May, 2017

Richard Tognetti AO was today announced as the recipient of the 2017 JC Williamson Award, Australia’s prestigious live performance industry accolade. Classic Melbourne is thrilled that a classical musician of Tognetti’s standing has been chosen for this Award, and gives him our best congratulations. As the esteemed Artistic Director of Australian Chamber Orchestra for the past…Read More

Interview: Barry Ryan

30th May, 2017

This month at Arts Centre Melbourne’s playhouse, Victorian Opera continues its innovative programming presenting five performances of Janacek’s early twentieth century masterpiece Cunning Little Vixen. Directed by Stuart Maunder, conducted by Jack Symonds, Director of the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, and featuring the Victoria Youth Opera Chorus, the performances will be set in an idyllic forest.…Read More

A Glimpse of Melba

29th May, 2017

When I was a little girl, travelling to the Yarra Valley on a family outing, my father pointed out a massive cypress hedge: “That’s where Dame Nellie Melba used to live,” he said. I had no idea who she was, but was intrigued: who was this important sounding lady, and what was behind that hedge?…Read More

Resonant Bodies Festival

24th May, 2017

The Resonant Bodies Festival is a fascinating approach to new music. Part of an ongoing project first launched in New York in 2013, these events are only loosely curated – each program takes its form and content from the composers and composer performers themselves. The performance on May 5th 2017 was our first Resonant Bodies…Read More