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Jonas Kaufmann

21st August, 2014

Classic Melbourne’s reviewer called him “the world’s hottest tenor”.  Our colleague at Sounds Like Sydney, editor Shamistha de Soysa, was so impressed she broke the bank and went to a second performance. At the centre of all this adulation was, of course, the visiting tenor Jonas Kaufmann. We present Heather Leviston’s review, and then link…Read More

The Stars Turn

13th August, 2014

When Andrew Wailes planned to conduct a performance of the Mozart Requiem on August 10 he could not have anticipated how relevant it would be to music lovers in that particular week. News had come two days before of the death of Australia’s great composer, Peter Sculthorpe (pictured); Opera Australian was mourning the tragic death…Read More

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

12th August, 2014

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival may be the second of the coastal town’s annual musical festivals, and a good 10 years younger than the famous Folk Festival – but it is increasingly popular with lovers of classical music. Classic Melbourne attended the launch of this year’s Festival (October 10-12) and found there’s much to…Read More

Philip Glass Trilogy: Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha

11th August, 2014

In our longest story ever Classic Melbourne reports on the State Opera of South Australia’s massive undertaking: three cycles of the Philip Glass Trilogy of Portrait Operas; namely, Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. People came from as far away as Texas to visit Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, for the performances, with Peter Williams…Read More

Victorian Opera celebrates in style

11th August, 2014

Wagner brings opera home to the Palais Theatre, St Kilda; brilliant Australian soprano Jessica Pratt returns for Bellini while Teddy Tahu Rhodes appears in a Sondheim classic. The Anzac Centenary and Earth Hour inspire new works, while others include cabaret artist Meow Meow in Seven Deadly Sins – based on our capital cities! Classic Melbourne…Read More

Ring out those Federation Bells

30th July, 2014

For the past few months visitors to the Melbourne Recital Centre have been able to get their hands on a piece of history as they played the Federation Handbells in the foyer. The Handbells are beautifully crafted instruments that were originally commissioned by Arts Victoria for the 2001 Centenary of Federation and are considered
 one…Read More

ABO and Sinkovsky in Melbourne

23rd July, 2014

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra made a welcome return to Melbourne with its featured soloist Dimitry Sinkovsky, a man with more than one musical talent. The Russian is best known for his violin playing, and his showmanship, a good match with the Vivaldi-dominated program, including encores. The program (with last-minute changes) comprised Vivaldi Concerto in C…Read More

Joe Chindamo: Tempesta

21st July, 2014

Acacia Quartet’s recent concert program featured a new work: Tempesta by Joe Chindamo. Given the ensemble’s championing of new music Chindamo’s dilemma could be described as: To Tonal or not to Tonal? The Melbourne jazz pianist and composer gives an insight into the creative process … If I were marooned on a desert island and…Read More

Master Class

21st July, 2014

Classic Melbourne looks forward to the staging of the play Master Class concerning the legendary diva Maria Callas, and invited Cameron Lukey to give us insight into his preparations for the play including the all-important casting of the central role … I have always been fascinated by Maria Callas. By the voice, the drama and…Read More

RMP Aria and YPA Awards finalists

14th July, 2014

August is awards time at many levels and classical music lovers have yet another opportunity to witness the talent live, as seven top young Australian oratorio singers sing their hearts out in the eighth RMP Aria Final. Competing in Australia’s premier oratorio aria competition for a prize pool of more than $4000 are singers originally…Read More