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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

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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

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

Elixir of Love: Heady potion for country audiences

15th April, 2019

When you think of Victoria’s Gold Rush history, is opera something that immediately springs to mind? It does to Jamie Moffat, producer/director of GBD Productions. When looking to start a new company, historian Jamie discovered that there were troupes of opera singers who toured the goldfields to bring culture to the huge influx of population,…Read More

Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

29th March, 2019

Australia doesn’t have a great reputation with successful homegrown musicals, but the stage adaptation of the famous film version of Muriel’s Wedding can now join the stable of successful Aussie musicals like The Boy From Oz and Strictly Ballroom. With book by P.J. Hogan, and music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, Muriel’s…Read More

Viewpoint: Parsifal

13th March, 2019

As a member of  Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble, VOYCE, Hayley Jobson writes about her experience as a member of the chorus for Victorian Opera’s recent production of Parsifal. VOYCE is for secondary school and tertiary students, aged 13-20. It brings together like-minded classically trained singers on a weekly basis to prepare them for an opera…Read More

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Jersey Boys

6th March, 2019

With 34 musical numbers it would be easy to dismiss Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as a mere juke box musical.  But that would be doing this latest production of the show to hit Melbourne a huge disservice – there is some fine dramatic acting and well-held tension in…Read More