Donald McDonald

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2 April 2016 9:00 am

A glamorous program for the special Brisbane Baroque will transport music lovers straight to a baroque heaven. From April 8…

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26 March 2016 9:00 am

‘The Queen is dead!’ are not words any of us is anxious to hear; they will be followed by the…

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19 March 2016 9:00 am

We were in Canberra to attend the dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Howard Government election; a good opportunity…

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12 March 2016 9:00 am

Asked recently whether I thought Opera on the Harbour was really opera, I replied emphatically that it is. No one…

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5 March 2016 9:00 am

If you haven’t yet seen Verdi’s Luisa Millar at the Sydney Opera House you’re already too late; no worry, there…

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27 February 2016 9:00 am

He was named the first Australian of the Year in 1960; Sir Macfarlane Burnet OM AK KBE had been awarded…

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20 February 2016 9:00 am

Conde Nast was the publisher of Vogue Australia in 1965. That was the year I started with Vogue but, much…

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13 February 2016 9:00 am

We played them in the band at primary school but it was several decades before we appreciated the potential of…

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6 February 2016 9:00 am

It may well be the most stimulating theatre presentation of the year and it is just what the most prestigious…

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30 January 2016 9:00 am

If your backyard is good enough to have been considered for inclusion in the Open Garden Scheme then I’m sorry…

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23 January 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be… in Canberra. Parliament isn’t sitting, there’s decent accommodation at reasonable rates; best…

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16 January 2016 9:00 am

An unlikely location for a theatre; the large pre-fab hall, in which I sat for my final exams at UNSW,…

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9 January 2016 9:00 am

Ceylon was the exotic setting for the opera The Pearl Fishers. It premiered in Paris in 1863; its composer Georges…

Jos van Immerseel

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2 January 2016 9:00 am

It may be the best thing to come out of Belgium after chocolates. Or even the only good thing after…

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12 December 2015 9:00 am

Time for a quick glance over my shoulder at the passing year. Culturally it was busy enough but with little…

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5 December 2015 9:00 am

We are now officially in summer and the beach season. The importance of the beach in our national self-image the…

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28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution, one of the most popular operas in Paris was Richard Coeur-de-Lion.…

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21 November 2015 9:00 am

The first performance of King Lear took place in 1606 barely three years after James IV of Scotland had inherited…

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14 November 2015 9:00 am

James Bond as played by Daniel Craig in the new movie Spectre might have been surprised to find himself sharing…

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7 November 2015 9:00 am

Melbourne opera-goers are in for a surprise: a production of a masterpiece, set in an appropriate period with naturalistic sets…

Half Gate by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee & Caitlin Roseby. Photo - Garth Carr

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31 October 2015 9:00 am

Mark Twain famously said ‘Golf is a good walk … ruined’. Bondi locals possibly think that Sculpture by the Sea…

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24 October 2015 9:00 am

Edward Albee posed the question in 1962: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ The answer, it seems, is no one. There’s…

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17 October 2015 9:00 am

A first novel, written in a ‘gothic’ style while the author was undertaking a creative writing course, published in 2000…

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10 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s a fairly assertive title: The Greats -Masterpieces of the National Galleries of Scotland. The assertiveness is justified; the galleries…

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3 October 2015 9:00 am

1989 saw the establishment by Paul Dyer of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with the assistance of Bruce Applebaum as General…