Donald McDonald

Maxine Peake

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We live in a time of paradoxes. The NSW Parliament has just legislated for terminations to be performed from 22…

Sylvia in Houston

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Houston is a prosperous Texan city, the hub of the US oil and gas industries. And home to the city’s…

Dominic Smith

3 August 2019 9:00 am

He’s an Australian-born international best-selling author. Dominic Smith was born in Brisbane in 1971 to an Australian mother and an…

King’s College choristers at ease

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It was a beautiful autumn morning when we went up to Cambridge for a meeting at King’s College. Christopher Hogwood…

Paul Dyer conducting the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Only a person who is more or less my age can have a direct recollection of the 1953 coronation of…

Shakespeare in Love

13 July 2019 9:00 am

For centuries plays have been derived from novels, myths and legends but only recently have we become used to plays…

Margaret Olley Pomegranates in a basket 1967

6 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s a barely forgivable cliche to call them ‘the odd couple’; but Margaret Olley (1923-2011) and Ben Quilty (b. 1973)…

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) Self portrait in the studio 1976

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Painters and opera go together. Connected by passion and big gestures, it is not surprising that composers are drawn to…

Detail from the cover of WINX

22 June 2019 9:00 am

It is possibly lying on a Royal bedside table. Certainly we know that a week or so ago, a copy…

On the Beach at Trouville 1870. Bequest of Michel Monet 1966

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A magnificent Empire-style townhouse near the Bois de Boulogne contains a remarkable collection of paintings. On rue Louis Boilly, the…

Alyona Kovalyova and Jacopo Tissi in Diamonds Act 3 of Jewels

8 June 2019 9:00 am

The name is a byword for exacting standards and grand tradition. The Bolshoi Ballet, at the peak of the ballet…

Courtesy Opera Australia. Credit: Georges Anton

Anna Bolena

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Where would we be without the Tudors? Certainly our shelves, stages and screens would seem empty without their era which…

Captain James Cook. Wedgwood and Bentley, c.1779

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Three speakers: one is Director of The Royal Collection comprising over a million objects in 13 royal residences across the…

John Beard Edmund (+Bill)

18 May 2019 9:00 am

I don’t imagine the newest member of the Royal Family was named after the Archibald Prize but it was a…

Broadway production of Come From Away

11 May 2019 9:00 am

We all remember where we were when first hearing of 9/11. Some people were on trans-Atlantic flights. When the US…

Royal portraits at Bendigo

4 May 2019 9:00 am

One of our favourite places in London is in St Martin’s Place, just around the corner from Trafalgar Square and…

[Photo: Marco Borggreve]

Stanislav Kochanovsky

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The Melbourne Symphony was really on to something in 2017 when it engaged a young Russian conductor for a Rachmaninov…

Melbourne cast of Cosi

20 April 2019 9:00 am

It was one of the most delightful Australian films of the 1990s. Directed by Mark Joffe, Cosi was also one…

Jonathan Biggins as Paul Keating

13 April 2019 9:00 am

This is a show for the nostalgic and the masochistic. The Gospel According to Paul is a one man show…

Self portrait 1934 Nora Heysen

6 April 2019 9:00 am

In his new biography of Winston Churchill, Andrew Roberts notes that ‘it was said of Emperor Napoleon III that he…

Fernando Guimarães

Fernando Guimarães

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The closing chapters of Homer’s Odyssey were the source for the opera regarded as the crowning achievement of composer Claudio…

Jacqueline McKenzie and Mandy McElhinney

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Mosquitoes is not a particularly alluring title for Australians but it is the title of the latest play by Lucy…

Aurum by Alice Topp

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Such a wonderful word: ‘verve’. Not used much now, it’s one of the words we owe to the French. We…

Kathryn Stott – Artistic Director

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Townsville is bouncing back; it is also tuning up for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Battered by the recent…

Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard

2 March 2019 9:00 am

A rarely performed sacred work by J. S. Bach and a masterpiece by Telemann that has never been performed in…