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Madame Butterfly

19th July, 2018

Madame Butterfly had its Opening Night at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong Friday July 13th, and is now touring regional centres – Opera Australia’s website lists 27 theatres –  from NSW through to Tasmania over the next few months. The Opera Australia website also notes that this touring production of Madame Butterfly, directed by John…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

Mamma Mia!

13th July, 2018

It’s nearly 20 years since the Abba musical Mamma Mia! hit the international stage, and Australia welcomed this feel-good song and dance show in 2001. So the time is ripe for revisiting it, and this latest production touring Australia is just as good as the original, and has lost none of its charm and zest. In a…Read More

OA Schools Company: By the Light of the Moon

8th July, 2018

One of Opera Australia’s gifts to opera education is its schools program. The Schools Company gives around 400 performances a year to tens of thousands of children and have been doing it for years. Many opera goers first came to this art-form via the program. This year the show is By the Light of the…Read More

Swan Lake on Ice

6th July, 2018

In a swirl of snowflakes and fire The Imperial Ice Stars bring an untraditional Swan Lake to spectacular heights.  Swan Lake on Ice is an enormously entertaining program bursting with unexpected delights. To begin with the task of transforming the State Theatre into an ice rink requires a sensational amount of effort.  More than 30 hours…Read More

MICMC: Where are they now?

1st July, 2018

Well it’s a wrap, and the 2018 Melbourne International chamber  Music competition has ended with a grand final concert and the announcement of the winners. Classic Melbourne has been fortunate in having Josephine Vains as our eyes and importantly ears during the competition. A reminder of who she is: Josephine Vains is a Melbourne-based cellist,…Read More

Australian Ballet: Verve

23rd June, 2018

What a privilege it was to behold the birth of a star at the Australian Ballet’s opening night performance of their modern dance program “Verve”. It is official, “emerging” choreographer and company dancer Alice Topp burst upon the world stage. There is something special about witnessing the blossoming of an artist whose talent has been…Read More

Master of her craft

22nd June, 2018

When MRC CEO Euan Murdoch introduced Anne-Sophie Mutter on-stage as “music royalty” this was no mere publicist’s hyperbole. Mutter’s career began as a 13-year old wunderkindunder the mentorship of the twentieth century’s most celebrated conductor Herbert von Karajan, performing and recording with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Mutter has sustained a stellar career ever since, most…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