Donald McDonald

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…

Mitchell Galleries

20 October 2018 9:00 am

One of the loveliest and best-loved buildings in Sydney, the Mitchell Building of the State Library of NSW is enjoying…

Stuart Devlin candelabras (1980-81) in Dining Room

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Every day, Australians carry some of his work in their pockets. Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) designed the decimal currency introduced in…

Artists of The Australian Ballet

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a lot of dance news about at the moment. The Australian Ballet’s new version of Spartacus, to the…

Some Brandenburg section leaders

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Celebrating 30 Years of Baroque’ is Paul Dyer’s theme of the 2019 Season of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; 30 years…

Kate Morton

22 September 2018 9:00 am

She was born in a small town in South Australia, later grew up on Tamborine Mountain and, when aged barely…

Evita and Che

15 September 2018 9:00 am

‘The people adore me/ So, Christian Dior me’ is just one of the many witty and pointed couplets written by…

Michael Fabiano

8 September 2018 9:00 am

There will be a lot going on at Opera Australia in 2019 with arguably the most interesting repertoire for a…

Richard Tognetti [Photo: Zan Wimberley]

Richard Tognetti

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Going from strength to strength, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s recently announced 2019 Season shows no flagging of inspiration or ambition.…

Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Exhibitions prior to major art auctions can be a wonderful way to view works by significant artists that may not…