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Viewpoint: review of A COVETED POSSESSION

10th February, 2019

Extending our concept of Viewpoints, we present the first of two book reviews by concert reviewer and pianist Glenn Riddle.  Both relate to the instrument he plays – the piano. Michael Atherton’s A Coveted Possession traces the socio-cultural history of the piano in Australia.  It is a history that began auspiciously when, in 1788, the…Read More

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Melbourne Opera: The Flying Dutchman

8th February, 2019

The qualities of this performance were strongly anticipated in the chatter around Melbourne in the weeks leading up to the opening. This anticipation was also evident from the excitement in the foyer for a good hour beforehand. As the Dutchman’s reputation preceded him, so did reputation of this production. Conductor Anthony Negus’ Tristan und Isolde…Read More

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MSO: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

4th February, 2019

Over the weekend, families and friends converged upon the Arts Centre, with the excitement of J.K. Rowling’s characters gathering at Kings Cross Station at the beginning of the school term. Instead of Platform 9 ¾, the audience entered various portals to Hamer Hall, to be transported to the magical world of Harry Potter.   Harry Potter…Read More

Les Misérables

21st January, 2019

When I was invited to review this production of Les Misérables by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, I jumped at the chance. Having seen their 2018 production of Wicked, I knew I was in for a real treat. I was not disappointed. As with Wicked, the production values and talent, both on and off stage…Read More

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Viewpoint: Director reflects on 12th PSMF

15th January, 2019

In my new role as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, it was my vision to fill the Mornington Peninsula with music. When I take a step back and reflect on these first two weeks of 2019 and remember driving through the hills and beaches and vineyards and forests, a beautiful wash of…Read More

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12th PSMF Opens with Godfather, Father & Son

9th January, 2019

For a weekend, I based myself at Flinders, a beautiful little town on the Mornington Peninsula, with the opportunity to immerse myself in music.  Festival Director Ben Opie has expanded the annual Festival to include thirty events spanning the first two weeks of January, and a wide variety of venues, including wineries, an art gallery…Read More

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12th Peninsula Summer Music Festival: Schedule of Events

2nd January, 2019

There’s fine music, wine, and food across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond in the 12th Peninsula Summer Music Festival, which takes place between the 1st and 13th of January 2019. Stunning new venues include Peninsula Hot Springs, Whistlewood Gallery, Cruden Farm and Pelican Park.  In his first year as Artistic Director, internationally celebrated oboist, musical…Read More

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2nd January, 2019

Director Ben Opie has shaped a program that reflects his own innovative musicality and artistic practice of keeping classical music connected and relevant. In one of many festival highlights the acclaimed Australian Haydn Ensemble, a fine Australian orchestra and chamber music group, makes its Victorian debut.  The ensemble specialises in music of the Classical era performed on historical…Read More

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong (gets it right!)

27th December, 2018

The Mischief Theatre production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong brings all the right moves in a festive romp of fun and mishap.  Don’t let the title fool you, this brilliantly written and directed production has little to do with the iconic character and everything to do with an intricately cohesive ensemble cast delivering unexpected laughs…Read More

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16th December, 2018

Melbourne is rightly proud of its theatre district, encompassing the Regent, the Princess, the Comedy, and the jewel in the crown, Her Majesty’s Theatre. There has been entertainment on the site of The Maj (as it is affectionately known) since 1880, when the Hippodrome opened for business. Eminent Melbourne theatre historian and raconteur extraordinaire, Frank…Read More