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MSO: Buddha Passion

11th October, 2018

Cheers, a standing ovation and a constellation of smartphone cameras greeted Tan Dun, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar array of soloists at the conclusion of the Australian premiere of his opera/oratorio Buddha Passion. This was a night to celebrate more than Tan Dun’s significant musical achievement; in addition to the many…Read More

Deb’s new work already a winner

11th October, 2018

Classic Melbourne has pleasure in passing on this announcement from the Melbourne Recital Centre… Melbourne Recital Centre is delighted to announce the recipient of the Merlyn Myer Music Commission 2019: Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO. The Merlyn Myer Music Commission was initiated to celebrate the work of Australian female composers in collaboration…Read More

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Li Cunxin

2nd October, 2018

Much as Classic Melbourne celebrates the achievements of our home-grown performers, we are also proud of Melbourne’s reputation as a city that appreciates the Arts  and practitioners in many fields:  classical music of course, but also  theatre, dance, publishing  and more …. And we welcome the chance to find out more about our visitors. So…Read More

Bright Star

28th September, 2018

  I was very much looking forward to this concert which brought together the Romantic geniuses of John Keats and Franz Schubert. These two contemporary artists of the early 19th century never met in person and both died at just 26 and 31 years of age respectively. This was an era where life was short…Read More

Emma Matthews: THE SPACE BETWEEN

25th September, 2018

As the recipient of an unprecedented seven Helpmann and nine Greenroom awards, amongst other accolades, you would think that Emma Matthews’ career trajectory would be a juggernaut of unremitting triumph. Watching her perform what pretty well amounts to an almost 80-minute aria of dazzling coloratura bravura invested with kaleidoscopic emotional intensity seemed to affirm that…Read More

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