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22nd October, 2018

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance

A Quiet Evening of Dance is worth making a big noise about for its clever and playful exploration of the rules and vocabulary of dance. An interest ...

22nd October, 2018

Madiba the Musical

Composed and written by Jean-Pierre Hadida, with co-author Alicia Sebrien, Madiba The Musical is not simply a story about a great man; it also examines the ...

19th October, 2018

Nine

Nine is a musical Based on Fellini’s semi-autobiographical movie 8 ½ (1963) Though a musical, it does not shy away from examining some psychological depth along ...

19th October, 2018

Otello

Thanks to Melbourne Opera’s initiative in mounting operas that have never been seen or have been rarely performed in Australia, we now have an opportunity to ...

13th October, 2018

The Met: Samson et Dalila

A ten-day trip to New York provided the opportunity to sample some operas and concerts, starting with the Met Opera’s new production of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et ...

13th October, 2018

PELLEAS AND MELISANDE

Simon Rattle calls Pelleas and Melisande “one of the most addictive pieces there is… almost more drug than opera”. Being the centenary of Debussy’s death, 2018 ...

Concert Reviews

It has been an especially gratifying week in Melbourne for devotees of the female voice. Sopranos Siobhan Stagg, Jessica Pratt and Emma Matthews and mezzosoprano Caitlin …

With much anticipation for this program, I joined a large audience in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to hear a “passionate celebration of life, love and dance …

I must admit it was strange walking into Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and finding myself there with about 40 other people on Tuesday night. This auditorium holds 700 …

This was a night for Wagner tragics.  Two world-class international soloists, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Frank Van Aken were supported by Australian Daniel Sumegi, in an all-Wagner …

It’s always an exhilarating prospect when a youthful orchestra takes on “the repertoire”, especially if you’re in the audience. All sorts of things can happen; it …

It was a jam-packed audience that gathered at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s concert last Friday and it surely must have had …