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Perfect presenter for the Proms

13th March, 2014

The MSO Proms series springs into life on March 14, at the Melbourne Town Hall, with Eddie Perfect perhaps an unexpected choice for Master of Ceremonies. But the Proms are synonymous with fun, irreverence and inclusiveness as well as showcasing fine music and Eddie would seem to be (I’m trying to avoid the obvious pun) ……Read More

Aura Go returns to Melbourne Metropolis

10th March, 2014

A featured artist in this year’s Metropolis series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Finland-based Australian musician Aura Go has won acclaim for her conducting as well as her pianistic skills. She has an international profile, but Melbourne is where it all started … Although it’’s often commented that people are drawn to an occupation that…Read More

Sam Sakker: Friends with Benefit

3rd March, 2014

Australian opera singer Sam Sakker is heading for Covent Garden and fellow opera singers Emma Matthews, Deborah Humble, and Jose Carbo, plan a benefit concert for him in Melbourne in April. Deborah tells why. Australia’s geographical isolation has always meant that young singers have had to travel far from home seeking to broaden their musical…Read More

Daniel Carter: At Home in Hamburg

27th February, 2014

As Australian conductor Daniel Carter takes up his new position in Hamburg Deborah Humble catches up with him to discuss the life in the city and the path that led him there. Sydney born Daniel Carter began learning the piano at age 4, started composing at 11, and went to his first opera at 14.…Read More

Resurrection of a Dream

15th February, 2014

  The great Chinese composer, Tan Dun, speaks to ClassicMelbourne of his work The Triple Resurrection for violin, cello, piano, and orchestra. It completes the Martial Arts Trilogy cycle, although in fact it is a fourth work that brings together the solo instruments and the themes from the Trilogy concertos.  “When the piece starts you…Read More

A new Australian Lucia debuts at La Scala

11th February, 2014

  “She did it! Wow  … so many bravas!” opera singer Deborah Humble reported from Milan’s La Scala after fellow-Australian Jessica Pratt’s debut in the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, fifty years after Joan Sutherland made a sensational debut in this Donizetti opera. Deborah tells more … The production is directed by Mary…Read More

Thanks for the music, Maestro

27th January, 2014

ClassicMelbourne’s favourite diva and European correspondent, Deborah Humble, farewells a loved conductor …  I have wonderful personal memories of working with Maestro Abbado at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2001. I was a young artist and had the privilege of being given a very small solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy,  accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic…Read More

Chinese New Year for all

21st January, 2014

One month after the last day of our calendar year, 31 January is the first day of Chinese New Year. In 2014 it’s the Year of the Horse,  a welcome year, with TravelChina Guide describing the spirit of the horse as “energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.” “People born in the year of the horse…Read More

big Sing choir at Melbourne recital Centre

The Big Sing – the Melbourne Recital Centre celebrates its 5th birthday

21st January, 2014

It’s perhaps surprising to hear that Melbourne’s prized Recital Centre celebrates its fifth birthday on Saturday 8 February this year. Surprising, because its acoustic superiority and breadth of programs have attracted so many concertgoers that the venue seems to have been an intrinsic part of the Melbourne music scene for a very long time. Surprising,…Read More

Wailes Leads European Musical Odyssey

19th December, 2013

Most conductors are only too happy to take a break after Christmas performances. Not so Andrew Wailes, Deborah Humble finds. Melbourne conductor Andrew Wailes has always been passionate about music. But he is particularly passionate when it comes to enabling choral and orchestral musicians from Australia to have overseas experience. Wailes will no sooner have…Read More