Donald McDonald

[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…

Bangarra 30th Anniversary

23 February 2019 9:00 am

A year of 30th anniversaries; the latest is Bangarra Dance Theatre founded in 1989 by a South African Cheryl Stone…

Gerald Murnane

16 February 2019 9:00 am

I know I’m a bit late getting to the party; the party that has formed to honour the writing of…

Paul Dyer

9 February 2019 9:00 am

In 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) made a rather grand job application to Christian Ludwig, the Margrave of Brandenburg. He…

Best production The Harp in the South

2 February 2019 9:00 am

We are in the middle of the awards season for the entertainment industry. There have been the Golden Globes and…

Portrait of Leonard French by Hal Missingham

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Arguably the most monumental of Australian artists, Leonard French experienced extraordinary fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some…

Kitty Flanagan (courtesy Allen & Unwin)

Kitty Flanagan

19 January 2019 9:00 am

She’s bright and very funny. Kitty Flanagan was born and educated in Sydney. She is described as a stand-up comedian;…

Wozzeck (courtesy Opera Australia) Photo:Ruth Walz

Wozzeck

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The story is bleak, very bleak; the music bleak and very loud, yet Wozzeck is regarded as an outstanding 20th…

Beware of Pity

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Festivals are an opportunity to present performances that might not otherwise be seen; there are several in this year’s Sydney…

Female statue head Villa Casali, Italy, 55-65 CE marble. © Trustees of the British Museum, 2018. All rights reserved.

Female statue head Villa Casali

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Most of us love Rome while still being a little overwhelmed by it. The Roman Empire’s geographical spread and duration…

Banjo

8 December 2018 9:00 am

He was a solicitor, journalist,war correspondent, soldier, grazier but, most importantly, a poet. Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson CBE (1864-1941) was…

John William Waterhouse.The Lady of Shalott 1888 oil on canvas.

1 December 2018 9:00 am

That a poet could enjoy huge popularity in mid-career and still be popularly admired more than a century after his…

Richard Tognetti and the ACO

24 November 2018 9:00 am

As leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti has never done quite what was expected, other than to be…

Helen Thomson and Caroline Brazier

17 November 2018 9:00 am

By my count, the 2019 Season will be the 40th produced by the Sydney Theatre Company. The coming season is…

Nadine Garner

10 November 2018 9:00 am

As the most subscribed theatre company in the country, the Melbourne Theatre Company can be deservedly proud of its long…

Gail Kelly by Paul Newton

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Australians have a particular affection for portraits as evidenced by the popular Archibald and Moran portrait prizes and Anh Do’s…

Paul Cézanne Fruit 1879/80

27 October 2018 9:00 am

This year both Melbourne and Sydney have major exhibitions of ‘modern masters’. The big Winter show from New York, MoMA…