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Der Rosenkavalier

11th August, 2018

Richard Strauss’ romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, has been an audience favourite since its first performance in 1911, and Thursday evening was no exception, with the good-sized audience engaged throughout. Melbourne Opera’s fabulous opening night demonstrated just how entertaining, funny, poignant and enjoyable four hours (including two intervals) in the theatre can be. Richard Strauss is a…Read More

MSO: West Side Story

2nd August, 2018

The origins of West Side Story date back to the late ’40’s, when Jerome Robbins pitched the idea of a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to composer Leonard Bernstein.The romantic tragedy, underpinned by themes of racial tension, conflict and prejudice was originally going to feature  Jewish and Puerto Rican gangs, and had the…Read More

The Mikado

23rd July, 2018

This production by Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria  is to be viewed through the lens of community theatre, where productions are undertaken for the genuine love of the art form. It relies on a core of dedicated enthusiasts to keep it going. This is a largely traditional production of The Mikado with an introductory scene…Read More

Madame Butterfly

19th July, 2018

Madame Butterfly had its Opening Night at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong Friday July 13th, and is now touring regional centres – Opera Australia’s website lists 27 theatres –  from NSW through to Tasmania over the next few months. The Opera Australia website also notes that this touring production of Madame Butterfly, directed by John…Read More

Victorian Opera: William Tell

16th July, 2018

Design or coincidence? Whatever the reason, Victorian Opera’s fine production of Willliam Tell could not have found a more appropriate night to open than July 14: Bastille Day. Rossini’s final opera has not been mounted in Australia since 1876 and it is a great pity that the repeated cries of “Liberté!”, which bring the opera…Read More

Melbourne Festival of Lieder and Art Song

15th July, 2018

When Patricia Price, Artistic Director of The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS), gave the welcoming address, her excitement was understandable. With renowned accompanist and leading authority on Lieder and art song Dr Graham Johnson as Patron and guest artist, alongside guest artist Dr Stephen Varcoe, MIFLAS’s aims were sure to be…Read More

Mamma Mia!

13th July, 2018

It’s nearly 20 years since the Abba musical Mamma Mia! hit the international stage, and Australia welcomed this feel-good song and dance show in 2001. So the time is ripe for revisiting it, and this latest production touring Australia is just as good as the original, and has lost none of its charm and zest. In a…Read More

OA Schools Company: By the Light of the Moon

8th July, 2018

One of Opera Australia’s gifts to opera education is its schools program. The Schools Company gives around 400 performances a year to tens of thousands of children and have been doing it for years. Many opera goers first came to this art-form via the program. This year the show is By the Light of the…Read More

Swan Lake on Ice

6th July, 2018

In a swirl of snowflakes and fire The Imperial Ice Stars bring an untraditional Swan Lake to spectacular heights.  Swan Lake on Ice is an enormously entertaining program bursting with unexpected delights. To begin with the task of transforming the State Theatre into an ice rink requires a sensational amount of effort.  More than 30 hours…Read More

MICMC: Where are they now?

1st July, 2018

Well it’s a wrap, and the 2018 Melbourne International chamber  Music competition has ended with a grand final concert and the announcement of the winners. Classic Melbourne has been fortunate in having Josephine Vains as our eyes and importantly ears during the competition. A reminder of who she is: Josephine Vains is a Melbourne-based cellist,…Read More