AUTHOR: Suzanne Yanko

Opera initiative opens up primary classrooms

16th May, 2018

A trip to the opera is a treat that’s not always equally available to young schoolchildren. Until now, that is. What’s more, this new Victorian Opera initiative will surely be welcomed by teachers, freeing many of them from the less enjoyable aspects of a big excursion, like money to collect, keeping control of the children…Read More

Alexander Briger: Australian World Orchestra

27th April, 2018

The Australian World Orchestra is soon to make its annual visit to Melbourne and Sydney, with a punishing schedule, if you count international travel as a necessary part of the equation for many players. Alexander Briger AO, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the AWO, explained the workings of this unique orchestra to Classic Melbourne…Read More

Yosep Kang as Alfredo Dumont kissing the hand of Soprano Corrine Winters as Violetta. Scene from La Traviata.

Opera Australia: La Traviata

26th April, 2018

From curtain up to Act Three’s closing death scene Opera Australia’s production of La Traviata had what it took to satisfy aficionados of this most loved of Verdi’s operas and to win over new ones – or so it seemed from where we were sitting. Although I am not generally in favour of reviewers using…Read More

America Welcomes Australia’s Newest Lucia

11th April, 2018

A decade after launching her career in Italy, acclaimed Australian coloratura soprano Jessica Pratt delivers her first performances in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at New York’s Metropolitan Opera on April 11 and 14. She remains one of only three Australians to sing Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, the others being…Read More

Vien, women and song

31st December, 2017

We’ve done the research, and can confidently report that the place for celebrating the New Year for 2018 is … Sydney! We’re not just talking about the world-famous fireworks in their matchless harbour setting, we’re talking about a night for opera-lovers, with a Gala and a show that starts its run tonight so you can…Read More

Peninsula Summer Music Festival

26th December, 2017

It is a well-known fact that, every January, Melbourne ‘s many classical music venues lose their bustling air as musicians and larger companies apparently follow their audiences to the beach for the rest of the summer. Some take their instruments with them, as the increasingly popular Peninsula Summer Music Festival attests. Ten years ago the…Read More

Music for a traditional Melbourne Christmas

28th November, 2017

Every year it’s the same delicious dilemma: which of the offerings on  a groaning musical Christmas table tempts us most?  The sensory pleasure of traditional concerts at this time makes the food and drink image very apt, although you can sample a lot of it without feeling too full! This year  we have the usual…Read More

Hoang Pham with Zelman Symphony

13th November, 2017

The pianist Hoang Pham has long been a friend to Classic Melbourne  since performing at our launch four  years ago and we keep a particular interest in his career.  Following successful collaboration with Zelman Symphony, Hoang is planning another concert, but is more involved in the whole  event than soloists  usually are. We think he has…Read More

An Australian Christmas

28th October, 2017

Whatever your faith, or views about Christmas, these last weeks before the main event make it a great time to be a music-lover in Melbourne. Not only do the big companies pull out all the stops with full-on productions of ballet, pantomime and even opera, symphony orchestras look through their scores for music with popular…Read More

Spring into country concerts

29th September, 2017

Spring has definitely sprung, and with it are thoughts of pleasant trips to the country for lunch. But why not combine lunch and a concert in our beautiful state? There is lots on offer this spring, so here are a few ideas to tempt you. Our reviewer Julie Houghton started off on the first day of…Read More