Donald McDonald

Opera Australia’s Attila before shutdown in March

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Attila the Hun might have been hard to stop but Verdi’s opera Attila was stopped in its tracks at the…

Josh Frydenberg

17 October 2020 9:00 am

There has been a fair bit of bleating from sectors claiming to have been ignored in the Budget; in fact…

Richard Tognetti

10 October 2020 9:00 am

They led the way back into the spotlight. Richard Tognetti and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra were the first…

V. Namatjira Stand strong for who you are

3 October 2020 9:00 am

It is a name deeply imbedded in Australia’s cultural memory.  Albert Namatjira’s (1902-1957) was a prolific and immensely popular watercolour…

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The world became aware of Sheku Kanneh-Mason when he played the cello at the wedding of Harry and Meghan Sussex…

Cynical Theories

12 September 2020 9:00 am

They are possibly the most politically incorrect authors in the world.  And they have universities squarely in their sights.  Helen…

Angus Cerini

5 September 2020 9:00 am

No longer confined to the digital space, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is returning to the platform in City Recital Hall…

Paul Newton

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Things are starting to happen culturally, at least outside of Victoria. Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre is rehearsing a play to…

Zadie Smith

22 August 2020 9:00 am

She had a heady start to her writing career. The rights to her first novel were the subject of a…

A.N. Wilson

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Kathy Lette says that during lockdown she has been reading Dickens. Her choice illustrates the enduring appeal of Charles Dickens…

James Darling striding the shores of Limebuners’ Bay

8 August 2020 9:00 am

‘Just as I am’ is the recurrent opening line of a hymn written in 1835 by Charlotte Elliott. It was…

Pierre Soulages

25 July 2020 9:00 am

A French painting purchased in Melbourne in 1953 has been repatriated selling for $5.26m earlier this month in Paris. For…

David Hockney A closer winter tunnel, February-March 2006

17 July 2020 11:00 pm

The National Gallery of Victoria has closed again ‘until further notice’. The rest of the country is more fortunate, at…

Jessie Traill: A biography

11 July 2020 9:00 am

She could have been one of our great-aunts. She was from that remarkable generation of educated, unmarried women who chose…

Wendy Bowman, 2019 by David Darcy Darling Portrait Prize 2020

4 July 2020 9:00 am

She is not a theoretical or idealogical environmentalist. Wendy Bowman became an activist when her crops were ruined by polluted…

Keith Urban using a Maton guitar, recording Gimme Shelter in Olympic Studios, London

27 June 2020 9:00 am

We are critical of ourselves for not designing or manufacturing things any more. Well, there is a contrary example in…

Laughing Child by John Brack

20 June 2020 9:00 am

In a futile attempt at participating in the current cultural revolution, I tried to suffer ‘harm and offence’ from an…

Richard Tognetti

13 June 2020 9:00 am

This week the Australia Chamber Orchestra should have been delighting audiences with their usual brilliant performances to celebrate the 30th…

Belgravia

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Belgravia is the rather coldly beautiful residential part of London bounded by Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Buckingham Palace. It is also…

Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney Festival

30 May 2020 9:00 am

To state the obvious, these are extremely testing times for the performing arts and live entertainment generally. Although galleries are…

Cover of May issue of Apollo

23 May 2020 9:00 am

We are all being digitised one way or another. Performing arts companies, not able to perform, are gamely putting themselves…

Dame Mary Gilmore working from home in 1952

16 May 2020 9:00 am

She lived in a flat in Kings Cross, was a lifelong socialist, a regularly observant Presbyterian, a Dame of the…

Queens of print

8 May 2020 11:00 pm

The Spectator has been celebrating its 10,000th UK issue with justifiable pride; it is an astounding achievement. Australia has long…

Geraldine Brooks and Darleen Bungey

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Major award-winning biographies of Arthur Boyd and John Olsen have preceded the third book by Darleen Bungey. It is less…

The Elgin Marbles

25 April 2020 9:00 am

He grew up in Eastwood on Sydney’s Northern Line. Geoffrey Robertson’s brilliant career got off to a flying start with…