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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

The Romance of Selby

17th June, 2018

A Selby & Friends concert is always as welcome an event in Melbourne as it is in their  home – for most, that’s Sydney, with some “friends” coming from much further afield.  I was recently able to chat with Kathryn Selby about  her forthcoming Melbourne tour, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Romantic – 19:30, Jun.…Read More

Man in black and other musicians standing, playing violins

Honour for Melbourne Musician

11th June, 2018

Classic Melbourne has important breaking news to share, thanks to the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. The MCO’s  Artistic Director William Hennessy has been honoured in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, with appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).  The MCO media release summarises Mr Hennessy’s many achievements as follows: “William Hennessy has long been…Read More

Victorian Opera: Hansel and Gretel

10th June, 2018

Victorian Opera has a long and proud tradition of providing high quality opera to appeal to the younger members of Melbourne’s cultural community. Nurturing the next generation of opera lovers was close to the heart of founder Richard Gill, and current artistic director of Victorian Opera, Richard Mills has continued the tradition in fine style.…Read More

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

6th June, 2018

A rendezvous of musicians from across the globe, each striving for chamber music perfection, may seem like an idealistic prospect. But this is indeed the essence of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. From 1-8 July 2018, sixteen top young ensembles will “dazzle, move and inspire us,” says Artistic Director Wilma Smith. The 2018 competition…Read More

Interview with Thomas Hampson

6th June, 2018

It’s hard to know where to start with Thomas Hampson. The American baritone is enjoying a remarkably diverse career traversing through Wagner, Handel, Copeland, Léhar, Irving Berlin and so many more. He’s in Australia for first time to share his passion for Mahler and American song in recitals at Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera…Read More

Puffs

5th June, 2018

The name Puffs is intriguing from the very start. It refers to the name of a student house within a certain famous fictional school for magic. It’s the alternative version of the Harry Potter stories as told by the “also-rans” and “not-so-good-at-magic” pupils who are the Puffs. For those who are familiar with the seven…Read More

The University of Melbourne: Gloria Vivaldi

1st June, 2018

The University of Melbourne’s latest performance project, Gloria Vivaldi, brings together ancient and modern, sacred and secular, for an evening of uplifting music and dance. Under the creative direction of Jane Davidson, and musical direction of Erin Helyard and Stephen Grant, Vivaldi’s sacred works have been reimagined for the contemporary moment. Talented students from the…Read More