AUTHOR: Heather Leviston

HUSH 18: COLLECTIVE WISDOM

19th September, 2018

There was an excited buzz in the crowded foyer of the Melbourne Recital Centre as people lined up to buy the latest CD issued by the Hush Foundation. This 18thedition, written in response to the Hush Foundation’s aim of providing support for those experiencing tense healthcare situations, features original works by 12 Australian composers played…Read More

Dialogues des Carmélites

6th September, 2018

Abbotsford Convent could not have been a more appropriate setting for a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Based on a true story, this devastatingly powerful opera tells of 16 Carmelite nuns of Compiègne, who refused to renounce their faith and were guillotined in 1794 during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror Presented by…Read More

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria

23rd August, 2018

The twelfth edition of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic (RMP) Aria on August 19,2018,  was another reminder of how such an event can contribute to the nurturing of young vocal talent. A few weeks earlier the same venue, Deakin Edge, hosted the slightly longer running German-Australian Opera Grant (GAOG). These two prestigious competitions provide prize money, performance…Read More

Victorian Opera: William Tell

16th July, 2018

Design or coincidence? Whatever the reason, Victorian Opera’s fine production of Willliam Tell could not have found a more appropriate night to open than July 14: Bastille Day. Rossini’s final opera has not been mounted in Australia since 1876 and it is a great pity that the repeated cries of “Liberté!”, which bring the opera…Read More

Melbourne Festival of Lieder and Art Song

15th July, 2018

When Patricia Price, Artistic Director of The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS), gave the welcoming address, her excitement was understandable. With renowned accompanist and leading authority on Lieder and art song Dr Graham Johnson as Patron and guest artist, alongside guest artist Dr Stephen Varcoe, MIFLAS’s aims were sure to be…Read More

The Song Company: True Love Story

21st June, 2018

Antony Pitts seems to be one of those exceptional musicians gifted with musical talent, a spirit of adventure and enormous energy. As Artistic Director of The Song Company, one of his multiple roles in the Melbourne International Singers Festival was to direct The Song Company’s fascinating presentation, True Love Story. Described as “An autobiographical mediaeval…Read More

ANAM: Bohemia

14th March, 2018

From the balcony of the South Melbourne Town Hall, eleven trumpeters, two euphonium players and a timpanist heralded the Australian National Academy of Music’s 2018 season with a stirring account of Janáček’s powerful Sokol Fanfare. It was the beginning of a concert marked by the inviting melodies of Bohemia and a remarkable degree of coordination…Read More

Review: Tristan and Isolde

7th February, 2018

Tackling increasingly difficult Wagner operas with notable success, Melbourne Opera braved the so-called “Tristan Curse” and, although not unscathed, produced a memorable performance of opera’s most iconic love story. Just as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra had to replace an ailing Stuart Skelton for their concert performances of Tristan and Isolde in 2013, so illness plagued…Read More

Lyric Opera: The Coronation of Poppea

19th July, 2017

For their second and final offering for 2017, Lyric Opera has once again drawn upon and nurtured the skills of Australian singers, musicians and creative artists. Rather than choosing an unjustly neglected relatively modern work, as has been the case recently, conductor Pat Miller and his team have prepared a version of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643…Read More

Academy plans a busy year

8th March, 2017

With a projected 180 concerts and events encompassing all Australian states, it will be a busy year for the Australian National Academy of Music. As an institution of international standing, ANAM is also forging links with the world’s most prestigious music organisations; gifted violinist Harry Bennetts is currently an Academy player on an exchange with…Read More