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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

Which is Australia’’s best concert venue?

3rd October, 2012

While acoustics deservedly get most of the attention, there are many other factors that make a venue great for classical music. While there’’s a reasonable tendency to judge venues purely on their acoustic performance, particularly if there has been a major refurbishment like that at Melbourne’’s Hamer Hall, audiences have a much wider range of…Read More

Imperial Russian Ballet Company

5th September, 2012

Tasmanians often complain that they are bypassed by arts organisations from (or visiting) the mainland. But they’ll soon have members of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company all to themselves – and in the north of the state, not in Hobart. There’s an exciting precedent, dating back 70 years. On 13 May 1040 The Mercury reported:…Read More

100 years of John Cage

5th September, 2012

This year Australia has engaged with iconic contemporary composers in an unprecedented way. The Steve Reich concert was a rare, five-star event. How often does an audience get the chance to be immersed in a concert devoted to a contemporary composer, with that composer in the house? John Cage, of course, can’t be there. But…Read More

Humble ambition: to stick with the journey

1st August, 2012

Australian mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble is in demand on the world stage, not least because she has a voice that can cope equally with Wagner and with belting out the Welsh national anthem for a crowded sports stadium. “It’s been a good trip home”, Humble smiles – and it isn’t over yet. She’s already performed Wagner…Read More