What’s New

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

Australian Ballet: Verve

23rd June, 2018

What a privilege it was to behold the birth of a star at the Australian Ballet’s opening night performance of their modern dance program “Verve”. It is official, “emerging” choreographer and company dancer Alice Topp burst upon the world stage. There is something special about witnessing the blossoming of an artist whose talent has been…Read More

Master of her craft

22nd June, 2018

When MRC CEO Euan Murdoch introduced Anne-Sophie Mutter on-stage as “music royalty” this was no mere publicist’s hyperbole. Mutter’s career began as a 13-year old wunderkindunder the mentorship of the twentieth century’s most celebrated conductor Herbert von Karajan, performing and recording with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Mutter has sustained a stellar career ever since, most…Read More

The Song Company: True Love Story

21st June, 2018

Antony Pitts seems to be one of those exceptional musicians gifted with musical talent, a spirit of adventure and enormous energy. As Artistic Director of The Song Company, one of his multiple roles in the Melbourne International Singers Festival was to direct The Song Company’s fascinating presentation, True Love Story. Described as “An autobiographical mediaeval…Read More

The Merry Widow

20th June, 2018

The champagne never goes flat in this delightful ode to romance and opulence. The Australian Ballet’s opening night of The Merry Widow, conducted by Simon Thew, showered audience members with a feast for the eyes, festive dancing and an unpretentious storyline. The setting is 1905 in Paris and the fictitious country of Pontevedro, not to…Read More

Mambo Vinko

19th June, 2018

Enyato Duo was formed last year by woodwind player Luke Carbon and percussionist Thea Rossen, both ANAM graduates and established freelancers in their own right. Formed with the intention to further explore and expand the body of woodwind and percussion repertoire, their interest in a large scope of contemporary repertoire and versatility as performers was…Read More