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Opportunity knocks in many ways

3rd June, 2019

At yesterday’s sell-out concert I had to ask myself several times whether it was really 13 years since Melbourne was introduced to its new choir. I have strong memories of standing in a queue which snaked around Melbourne Town Hall, and an excited buzz of anticipation in the crowd. A couple of hours later that…Read More

Melbourne International Youth Music Competition: An Accompanist’s Perspective

20th August, 2019

From August 2-5 the Melbourne International Youth Music Competition attracted musicians from Asia and Oceania to Deakin Edge, Federation Square. It provided them with an opportunity to showcase their talents in master classes given by Melbourne’s preeminent musicians and perform on an international concert platform. The prize on this occasion was a George Breyer upright…Read More

Music in the Round

16th August, 2019

Long a favourite on the annual classical music calendar, Music in the Round returns  to Abbotsford Convent on Sunday  8 September, with a day-long program of renowned musicians performing intimate concerts in stunning heritage surrounds. For the first time this year, audiences can experience classical music in the North Magdalen Laundry, an evocative new venue laden…Read More

Affinity Quartet

2nd August, 2019

“This group of musicians has a collective wisdom and maturity which is singularly impressive … Affinity is a musical force with which to be reckoned.”  Richard Gill OAM Nicholas Waters, violin, Ioana Tache, violin, William Clark, viola, and Mee Na Lojewski, cello, comprise what is one of the most exciting young ensembles to make their…Read More

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VIEWPOINT Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace

14th June, 2019

This Viewpoint concentrates on a landmark work in Australian music:  the EUMERALLA requiem, by opera singer turned composer Deborah Cheetham AO. It was given a major performance with the MSO on 15 June, but was given its premiere at the 2018 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.  Mary Sutherland was among the enthusiastic crowd and penned this…Read More

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Interview from Europe with Russell Harcourt

13th June, 2019

Classic Melbourne loves to report on success of Australian artists overseas, and so we welcome this interview of Russell Harcourt by our regular reporter Vanessa Taylor. In 2016, countertenor Russell Harcourt performed the role of Nero in Agrippina at the Brisbane Baroque Festival, earning a Helpmann Award nomination. That production of Agrippina originally hailed from…Read More

Review: McKenney plays Barnum

10th May, 2019

Did you love the film The Greatest Showman? Well come and see the real story in the new live production of Barnum the Circus Musical at the Comedy Theatre. Thrill to the magnificent circus stunts and the humour and pathos of the story of Phineas T Barnum, who didn’t mind using a bit of humbug…Read More

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Opera Australia makes friends

6th May, 2019

It isn’t a new production, although there are definite plot possibilities for aspiring librettists! Sydney has tried and embraced Opera Australia’s initiative, and now, this season, it is coming to Melbourne.  It is called Opera for One, but it in fact is more about finding companions to share the opera with.  A recent press release…Read More

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MSO: Metropolis 2

2nd May, 2019

We nearly missed this  festival, but fortunately the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had this information for us…. We’ll  be reviewing the concert so keep your eyes on this space. About the performance A celebration of some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest living composers, Metropolis New Music Festival showcases the MSO’s commitment to contemporary…Read More

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Opera Australia: West Side Story

15th April, 2019

It’s 70 years ago that Leonard Bernstein called Stephen Sondheim and the idea for a modern musical along the lines of the story of Romeo and Juliet was born. Add in the book by Arthur Laurents and choreography from Jerome Robbins, and we have a dark musical that is still going strong. This Opera Australia…Read More