Donald McDonald

Mozart’s Clarinet

21 March 2020 9:00 am

A couple of friends have nominated it as music they would like played at their funerals. I’m not into programming…

David Hallberg

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The artistic leadership of a major performing company is, by definition, important. The Australian Ballet has a forthcoming vacancy of…

David Williamson

7 March 2020 9:00 am

‘That sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney.’ That’s a direct quotation from the Melbourne Theatre Company’s promotion of…

Trent Dalton

29 February 2020 9:00 am

He’s barely in his forties. He’s married with two nearly teenage daughters. He lives in Brisbane. He’s a staff journalist…

Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove 2018

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Sydney’s Archibald has the name and the fame, but there is a new kid on the block: the Darling Portrait…

No Pay? No Way!

15 February 2020 9:00 am

As a sort of protest, I am not going to the opening of No Pay? No Way! at the Sydney…

The Happy Prince

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Many people have had a go at it. Ever since Oscar Wilde published The Happy Prince and Other Tales in…

Luca Micheletti and Anna Dowsley

1 February 2020 9:00 am

A taciturn Glaswegian and an unlikely knight of the realm, David McVicar has directed several of Opera Australia’s most admired…

Marta Dusseldorp

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Known throughout his life as Dick, Gerardus Dusseldorp had just come to Australia and created Civil and Civic (later Lend…

Heritage Cai Guo-Qiang, China b.1957

18 January 2020 9:00 am

We talk about it a lot. One of life’s most essential elements it is now being celebrated in an exhibition:…

Lachlan Macquarie

11 January 2020 9:00 am

One of the Scots who made extraordinary contributions to Australia was Lachlan Macquarie. Grantley Kieza has published several biographies including…

Natalia Aroyan and friend at Sydney Opera House

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s summer in Sydney, so there is an Opera Season. Two productions by the distinguished British director David McVicar –…

Hugh Ramsay “Miss Nellie Patterson” 1903

14 December 2019 9:00 am

This is a great time of the year to visit Canberra and the National Gallery. Despite some ‘gender equality’ grandstanding…

Portrait of Rear-Admiral William Bligh (detail) Alexander Huey, 1814

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Hero or Villain? That is the question posed about William Bligh by an exhibition currently at the Australian National Maritime…

The Memory Pool

30 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Tis the season to be planning your holiday reading. I take inspiration from the marvellous bookshop in the beautiful lobby…

William Dobell “Woman in a Salon (Helena Rubinstein)” 1960

23 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a girl from Coleraine who became the world’s first self made multi-millionairess. Born in Krakôw, Poland in1872, she…

Caroline O’Connor is the Spider Woman

16 November 2019 9:00 am

They wrote musicals based on the most unlikely material but John Kander and Fred Ebb enjoyed ultimate success with Cabaret…

Jacqueline Dark, Taryb Fiebig and Helen Sherman

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Vivaldi is having further boosts to his popularity with the Brandenburg Orchestra delivering cracking performances of his Four Seasons in…

John Singer Sargent’s Madame X

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Baron François Gérard would be astonished that his vast 1825 painting of The Coronation of Charles X is the inspiration…

Andrew Tink. [Photo: Elizabeth Tink]

Andrew Tink

26 October 2019 9:00 am

A serious bout of ill-health forced him to abandon a successful career in politics but, in the intervening 10 years,…

Shirley Hazzard

19 October 2019 9:00 am

A woman working on a thesis about Shirley Hazzard is a character in A Life to Come, the award-winning novel…

Anna Karenina

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Tolstoy’s most fascinating character, Anna Karenina clearly fascinates David McAllister who has recently announced his 20th and final season as…

Violins of the ACO with Richard Tognetti

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Every year is a year of anniversaries, not least 2020 with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage along the…

See You at the Toxteth

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The Toxteth is a hotel on Glebe Point Road in Sydney. Cliff Hardy probably called it a pub. Hardy was…

In Vogue

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A kangaroo on the beach with a model was the unsubtle cover of Vogue in December 1965. It will be…