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16th December, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE SHOWS, THE STARS, THE STORIES

Melbourne is rightly proud of its theatre district, encompassing the Regent, the Princess, the Comedy, and the jewel in the crown, Her Majesty’s Theatre. There has ...

12th December, 2018

Evita

The names Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice automatically guarantee an audience, and a revival of one of their 21 meatier musical offerings, Evita, was always going ...

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 ...

Concert Reviews

As Christmas stars and candles light up the world, every year there are scores of local stars shining in a highly popular festive event. The Royal …

Marking the 35th Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday was the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s 239th performance of Handel’s Messiah. This was another world-record-breaking …

Directed by well loved and respected choral legend, Faye Dumont, the Melbourne Women’s Choir performed a highly colourful variety of festive works in the Abbotsford Convent …

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 …