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15th November, 2018

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Since it was premièred in 1868, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg has accumulated a greater weight of negative baggage than any other major opera. Notorious as a ...

13th November, 2018

School of Rock

A musical titled School of Rock might seem an unusual show to review for a classical music website. Its style is mostly rock but with some ...

10th November, 2018

La Bohème

La Bohème returned to Melbourne this week in a new production by Opera Australia under the direction of Gale Edwards. While perhaps not as ‘over the top’ ...

09th November, 2018

Lorelei

Victorian Opera has struck Rhine gold with Lorelei. Classed as “operatic cabaret” VO’s latest commissioned work, created by composer Julian Langdon in collaboration with Casey Bennetto ...

08th November, 2018

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

What a delight this show is from start to finish! From the skills of all the performers, the beautifully judged pace and timing, the visual and ...

01st November, 2018

OA: Metamorphosis

Alienation is the theme of Metamorphosis – Opera Australia’s production achieves this on every level. Brian Howard’s musical composition and its performance, the drama, staging, direction ...

Concert Reviews

In a political environment where the Western literary and cultural canon and its relevance to contemporary society is continually being called into question, it was a …

Celebrating Brett Dean was as much a celebration of Australian music and the Australian National Academy of Music as the illustrious composer/ conductor/ viola player himself. …

The discovery, or rather recovery, of a long-lost score by a major composer is always something of a newsworthy event, so when the orchestral parts for …

The prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, held every five years in Warsaw, is perhaps the only competition among the plethora that exist today, that ensures a …

Hats off to Christopher Moore, program director, conductor and violist, who programmed a delightfully new and fresh programme with a difference for a tour of Regional …

Sir Andras Schiff is the latest in a succession of the world’s most illustrious musicians giving masterclasses in Melbourne this year. All have been fascinating and …