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Dido and Aeneas

29th August, 2018

Congratulations a-plenty must go to the creators and collaborators of this performance, where outstanding young music students shared the stage with established artists. It was, I believe, the third such project this year. Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ludovico’s Band, it also featured the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) Chamber Choir,…Read More

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria

23rd August, 2018

The twelfth edition of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic (RMP) Aria on August 19,2018,  was another reminder of how such an event can contribute to the nurturing of young vocal talent. A few weeks earlier the same venue, Deakin Edge, hosted the slightly longer running German-Australian Opera Grant (GAOG). These two prestigious competitions provide prize money, performance…Read More

The Eulogy

22nd August, 2018

Janine Hosking’s documentary The Eulogy had its world premiere screening during the recent Melbourne International Film Festival. Focusing on the life of Australian concert pianist Geoffrey Tozer, whose career began as a prodigiously gifted wunderkind, it had three sold-out screenings. As so often happens, Tozer’s career in adulthood never quite fulfilled the promise of his early…Read More

The Boy from Oz

13th August, 2018

Now in its 20th year in an industry noted for its fickleness, The Production Company has a special spot in its heart for one of the few successful Australian musicals, The Boy From Oz, the story of legendary entertainer Peter Allen. From its beginnings in 1998 with a young and charismatic Todd McKenney in the lead role,…Read More

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