Donald McDonald

Cressida Campbell Still life with dragonfly 2016-17

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Emerging from a gifted family, Cressida Campbell is now one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. She chose an unusual medium…

Xavier de Maistre

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Gracie Fields used to sing: ‘I took my harp to a party but nobody asked me to play’. I can’t…

The Merry Widow

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Not everyone celebrates a 55th anniversary, but if you are a national ballet company at the peak of its form,…

Terracotta bust of Edmund Barton by Nelson Illingworth (c.1901)

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Although they are not especially grand, these houses are arguably the most significant in the country. The four official residences…

Thomas Hampson

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir Andrew Davis became Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and, happily, will continue until the end…

Vivica Genaux

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Founded in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has presented 19 rarely performed works with such distinction that its audience has grown along…

Anne-Sophie Mutter

9 September 2017 9:00 am

These are good times for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Chief Conductor Davis Robertson announced a glamorous 2018 Season. The Board…

Marion Hall Best in Marimekko, 1968

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Her shop was one of the glories of Rowe Street, itself one of the glories of old Sydney, before it…

Hamlet Glyndebourne Festival

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Shakespeare’s plays have frequently been the source of operas. Almost as frequently the operas have been only modest successes. Notable…

Sir Andrew Davis

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Operas are subject to changes in fashion, suffering long periods of neglect. One such opera is Thaïs by Jules Massenet.…

Marble relief of a Roman trireme

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Readers of Robert Harris’ thriller Pompeii might think they know a great deal about the devastating eruption of Mt Vesuvius…

Simone Young - photo Berthold Fabricius

Simone Young

5 August 2017 9:00 am

She’s a local girl who made good — really good. Simone Young was born, educated and trained in Sydney. She…

John Bell

The Father

29 July 2017 9:00 am

A co-production by MTC and STC of a new play which has been acclaimed in Paris, London and New York…

Grace Cossington Smith, The bridge in building 1929

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The viewer could treat this exhibition as an exercise in ‘compare and contrast’, or follow my preference and simply enjoy…

Nadine Garner

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Three women who shared a flat as university freshers in 1983 and have maintained their friendship through the years are…

Alan Moorehead

8 July 2017 9:00 am

He left Melbourne in 1936 to become a famous writer, and he did. Not just a famous writer but a…

Tom Roberts The sculptor’s studio 1884-85

1 July 2017 9:00 am

We may have seen them before, but the prospect of the Australian Impressionism show is very alluring; it has now…

Andrew Nicholl A distant view of Derry through a bank of wild flowers

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Last week came the welcome announcement of the State Government’s funding of the major extension, indeed doubling, of the exhibition…

Tom Conroy as Winston Smith

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ That is the arresting opening line…

A N Wilson and Resolution

10 June 2017 9:00 am

A sold-out session at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was an indication of public interest in the writer, A. N. Wilson,…

Jun Chen Grey Red 2017

3 June 2017 9:00 am

At the age of 30, Jun Chen arrived in Australia post Tianamen Square. He settled in Brisbane where his first…

Vanessa Downing and Geoff Morrell in Black is the New White

27 May 2017 9:00 am

I should have written about this play earlier; it is on now at the Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 1. Black…

Taryn Fiebig for Pinchgut Opera

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Baroque opera is increasingly popular in Australia, particularly in recent years through the work of Pinchgut Opera. This administratively tiny…

ELIOTH GRUNER 1882-1939 Fisherman, Coogee Beach 1913 oil on wood, 19 x 28 cm

Elioth Gruner 1882-1939

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Last week I lunched at the Coogee Pavilion on the most perfect day. The scene before me was almost identical…

Alexander Campbell

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Inheriting abilities from one’s parents is one of the happy accidents of birth. A remarkable example of inheritance of exceptional…