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Street Requiem

1st June, 2014

It’s a striking name, arising from a powerful concept, but Street Requiem is just the centrepiece for an all-embracing choral festival this weekend. Dr Jonathon Welch, Founding Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks, tells Classic Melbourne about the idea. Conceived by Welch, popularly known as the award-winning conductor of Choir of Hard Knocks,…Read More

Introducing Australian Octet

27th May, 2014

The formation of a new ensemble is a welcome addition to the wealth of chamber music that Melbourne audiences enjoy. An advantage for the Australian Octet is having “naming rights” as, although the ensemble has a close link with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, it can boast of being one of only two professional string octets…Read More

Robert Mitchell: farewell to the Opera

25th May, 2014

Opera Australia’s Robert Mitchell is saying farewell to the operatic stage after 41 years in the spotlight. As the tributes roll in, the singer shares some memories with fellow artist Deborah Humble of a career that has included playing slaves to royalty, priests to devils, courtesans, tragics, comics, lyrics, ridicules, drunks, dukes and yes, even…Read More

Curtain-raiser for Carmen

11th May, 2014

Bizet’s Carmen is one of the best-known and most loved operas of all time, and Opera Australia is taking a festive approach to its Melbourne season. There’s a Spanish mezzo in the title role but the strong soprano role of Michaela is to be sung by a “new” Australian. Deborah Humble has the story of…Read More

Avi Avital with ABO

9th May, 2014

“Poetic yet electrifying, Avital’s performance is not to be missed,” said a recent review by SoundsLikeSydney editor Shamistha de Soysa of mandolinist Avi Avital’s performance with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. The ensemble performs in Melbourne next weekend. Read the full review at www.soundslikesydney.com.au

Sounds of summer in the city

7th May, 2014

Art is to take the streets in an exciting new initiative, says major participant, the Melbourne Recital Centre. The Victorian Government is investing in a new summer arts program for early 2015 focused on the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Dubbed Summer in Southbank, the program will activate public spaces in the Melbourne Arts Precinct in a…Read More

Jessica: Lucia, Violetta

5th May, 2014

Victorian Opera must be congratulating itself on signing up Jessica Pratt to play the lead role of Violetta in La Traviata especially considering her recent triumphant debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, Milan. Friend and fellow-diva Deborah Humble, a regular writer for our site, was there. “She did it! Wow  … so many…Read More

Playing it to the Maxim

28th April, 2014

Classic Melbourne welcomed the news that Maxim Rysanov, international violist and conductor, was returning to Australia in June. As well as our review, we vividly recall an interview given on his last visit to Melbourne … The year was 2011 and the well-travelled violist was up for an interview not 24 hours after his arrival in…Read More

Director Cameron Menzies

28th April, 2014

Multi-talented Melbourne director Cameron Menzies has recently been very much in demand and it is not surprising that he is  in London directing a new production of Don Giovanni for Britain’s foremost chamber opera company DivaOpera. Deborah Humble interviewed Menzies just before the opera’s opening in London on April 30 and talks about the director’s…Read More

Sollima – Performer as Creator

18th April, 2014

On the eve of his Melbourne appearances with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, composer and performer cellist Giovanni Sollima talks about recording, improvisation, and being called a rock star. In their comprehensive discussion interviewer Adam Szabo discovers a truly unique voice in music. When I speak to Giovanni Sollima, he is three performances into a twelve-concert…Read More