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04th December, 2018

Viewpoint: Joyful! Joyful!

A spectacular Christmas fundraising concert in support of the Choir of Hard Knocks, the name of the concert said it all – ‘Joyful! Joyful!’. Where to ...

19th November, 2018

Eileen

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria’s production of Victor Herbert’s comic opera was the first time I’d ever heard of Eileen. I’d seen and heard many excerpts ...

19th November, 2018

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men could be more accurately titled “Just a Couple of Dance and Song Men”, but it doesn’t trip off ...

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’ ...

Concert Reviews

We have come to expect nothing short of perfection from Douglas Lawrence and the Australian Chamber Choir, who invite us to simply “savour the sound” of …

“End Games” was an appropriate title for Zelman Symphony’s final concert for 2018 even if it was intended to reflect the nature of the three works …

Apparently, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s “Season Finale” at Robert Blackwood Hall was not a “Gala”, unlike the identical program the following evening at Hamer Hall, yet …

In one of their final concerts of what has been a successful 2018 season, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of French masterworks by Debussy …

Bathed in the warm glow of sunshine through the golden windows of St Patrick’s Cathedral, a good-sized crowd gathered to experience the Hamer Singers’ fourth concert …

In the spirit of things Gothic, it was something of a surreal experience to rush from one of Melbourne’s two Neo-gothic cathedrals down to the Playhouse …