Donald McDonald

The House

18 August 2018 9:00 am

The House is the economically direct title of a new book about  ‘the dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House…

Lang Lang in an improbable situation

11 August 2018 9:00 am

An internationally admired orchestra in a beautiful hall: that’s the Melbourne Symphony in Hamer Hall of the Victorian Arts Centre.…

Photo: Rene Vaile

Wayne Blair

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Such a lovely title, it’s hard to believe that The Long Forgotten Dream hasn’t been used before. The title belongs…

John Russell. The terraces at Monte Cassino c1889 Private collection, courtesy Nevill Keating Pictures, London, on loan to the National Gallery, London.

John Russell

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Once he was known as ‘Australia’s lost impressionist’ and referred to as John Peter Russell. Now at the Art Gallery…

Cast members of An Ideal Husband

21 July 2018 9:00 am

He was already skating on thin ice when Oscar Wilde opened his newest play at the Haymarket Theatre on 3…

Aida

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Aida was commissioned from Giuseppe Verdi to celebrate the opening of the Opera House in Cairo in early 1871, the…

Ben Jacks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

A concert in the schedule of the Sydney Symphony recently caught my eye: Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 and his…

The Wharf and its neighbour

30 June 2018 9:00 am

After 35 years on The Wharf at Walsh Bay, the Sydney Theatre Company has moved out. But it will be…

Giorgio de Chirico Gare Montparnasse

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The other morning, the Director of MoMA from New York, Glenn D Lowry was on ABC Breakfast. He was knowledgable…

Michael Lewis as Rigoletto

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Sir Walter Scott published The Bride of Lammermoor in 1819 as one of his hugely successful Waverley novels which captured…

Kororadika Beach by Augustus Earle

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Antiquarians can seem an exotic group to many of us and yet there are several successful dealers in this country,…

Sarah Snook

Culture buff

2 June 2018 9:00 am

George Bernard Shaw called it ‘a chronicle play’, I suppose a sort of docudrama if a superior one. Saint Joan…

Emma Pearson

26 May 2018 9:00 am

A remarkable achievement; since its inception in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has staged 20 rarely performed operas, many for the first…

Tafelmusik – Bach and His World

19 May 2018 9:00 am

One of the most admired music ensembles in the world is touring for Musica Viva Australia until 4 June (Perth,…

Girls at the Piano

12 May 2018 9:00 am

We need to remind ourselves that there was once a time when there were no Keynesian socialist bureaucracies determining ‘cultural…

Marta Dusseldorp

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Nora walks out and shuts the door behind her; shuts the door on her children, her husband, her life to…

The Firebird – choreography by Liam Scarlett

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Not every young Artistic Director writes a best-selling memoir that is made into a successful feature film. Mao’s Last Dancer…

Heather Mitchell

21 April 2018 9:00 am

This probably is a bad idea; I mean writing a column about a transgender person. Even Germain Greer got herself…

Installation view Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The French are sharing some of their beautiful visual heritage with us right now. At the AGNSW are the wonderful…

Cartier London Halo Tiara 1936

7 April 2018 9:00 am

We’ve grown used to fashion and related objects being the subject of exhibitions at our major galleries but a commercially…

Kathryn Stott

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It may not be paradise in every respect, but Townsville in mid-winter could be a reasonable approximation. The Australian Festival…

ACO at the Barbican

24 March 2018 9:00 am

As Australians, we have a need to be recognised ‘overseas’.  International tours by Australian performing arts groups have been an…

Russell Crowe

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The things we collect can say a great deal about us; so can the way we disperse a collection. The…

Artists of The Australian Ballet, Murphy

10 March 2018 9:00 am

An entire dance program honouring the work of a single person is a rare honour. The Australian Ballet has graciously…

My sole desire c1500 from The Lady and the Unicorn series Musée de Cluny

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Almost a festival of Prosper Mérimée: at the Opera House we have performances of Carmen which is based on his…