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The Capulets and The Montagues

24th September, 2018

Described as being “committed to presenting creative and accessible opera for everyone, and evolving the art form in adventurous ways”, Victorian Opera certainly showed why they are attracting almost capacity audiences with their fourth Bellini opera, in concert in Hamer Hall, in a one-night-only brilliant performance of The Capulets and The Montagues”.  Having an established…Read More

Australian Ballet: Spartacus

20th September, 2018

The world premiere of the Australian Ballet’s new production of Spartacus brought a full house to its feet.  Director and choreographer Lucas Jervies along with his creative team have conjured a beast of a ballet brimming with savage beauty and violent passion.  Dynamic characters intertwine in an intricate plot set amidst a magnificent, sleek set.…Read More

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

Tomfoolery

14th September, 2018

We have two reviews of Tomfoolery for you, the first by  Jon Jackson, written on  September 13, 2018… It has been quite a long time since I have seen or heard a performance of Tom Lehrer’s satirical works. During the 1950s and 60s, Lehrer wrote and performed songs which challenged the way society saw itself and…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

Mimir Chamber Music Festival

31st August, 2018

Mimir Chamber Music Festival attracts accolades across two continents, whether at its home base in Fort Worth Texas, or at its second home at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This musical feast has also just enjoyed its 20th anniversary in America where the Festival had its humble beginnings. Artistic Director Curt Thompson, Associate Professor of Music…Read More

Dido and Aeneas

29th August, 2018

Congratulations a-plenty must go to the creators and collaborators of this performance, where outstanding young music students shared the stage with established artists. It was, I believe, the third such project this year. Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ludovico’s Band, it also featured the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) Chamber Choir,…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

The Eulogy

22nd August, 2018

Janine Hosking’s documentary The Eulogy had its world premiere screening during the recent Melbourne International Film Festival. Focusing on the life of Australian concert pianist Geoffrey Tozer, whose career began as a prodigiously gifted wunderkind, it had three sold-out screenings. As so often happens, Tozer’s career in adulthood never quite fulfilled the promise of his early…Read More

The Boy from Oz

13th August, 2018

Now in its 20th year in an industry noted for its fickleness, The Production Company has a special spot in its heart for one of the few successful Australian musicals, The Boy From Oz, the story of legendary entertainer Peter Allen. From its beginnings in 1998 with a young and charismatic Todd McKenney in the lead role,…Read More