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The Wizard of Oz

20th May, 2018

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most successful film musicals of the 20th  century, so many audience members queuing up to see this latest stage version will have definite preconceptions of what their Wizard of Oz should be like. If this sounds like you, then be warned – in order to enjoy this fine…Read More

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

Opera Australia: Don Quichotte

10th May, 2018

The original Don Quixote by Cervantes has inspired a number of adaptations that in turn have contributed to variety of written, dramatic and musical interpretations of the central character. Opera Australia has brought us the San Diego Opera’s production of Don Quichotte, through revival director John Sheedy. Here we see Jules Massenet’s view of the character…Read More

Opera Australia: Tosca

28th April, 2018

Love, sex, jealousy, betrayal, murder, greed, misogyny – all standard fare in opera, and we accept it with equanimity. But menacing evil is something else, and when faced with it, as in this Australian Opera version of Puccini’s Tosca it becomes disconcerting. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling. In this wonderful production of one of the…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

The Celtic Tenors

14th April, 2018

Titled “The Irish Songbook”, The Celtic Tenors’ concert program nevertheless spans a broad variety of genres. Although the three singers are classically trained, their repertoire covers everything from Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? to Puccini’s Nessun Dorma through traditional Irish ballads and even Dolly Parton’s From Here to the…Read More

Lyric Opera: Les Mamelles de Tirésias

14th April, 2018

Melbourne continues to show its appreciation for opera in intimate settings. On opening night, it was a full house in The Loft at Chapel Off Chapel. This performance space seats 150, so this is an ‘Off-Broadway’ style production. Occupying the traditional position of overture – that is, audience -settler – it began with a slightly…Read More

Interview with Brandenburg Quartet member Jamie Hey

12th April, 2018

In 2018 the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra introduces Australia’s newest period instrument ensemble, the Brandenburg Quartet. These four Principal players are devoted to bringing the string quartet repertoire of the 18th and 19th century to Australian audiences in an historically-informed way. Josephine Vains interviews Jamie Hey, a much loved and highly respected cellist who provides fascinating insights into…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