Donald McDonald

Mozart’s operas

9 July 2016 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago Opera Australia celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a gala concert at the Opera House. Surprisingly…

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Swan Lake

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Amid predictable demands for increased funding for the arts, The Australian Ballet is setting off on its 25th ( yes,…

Jonathan Church: Photo by James Green

Jonathan Church

25 June 2016 4:00 am

To mis-quote Lady Bracknell: losing an artistic director after just 9 months ‘smacks of carelessness’. That is exactly what has…

Piers Lane

Piers Lane

18 June 2016 9:00 am

David Speers was irritated when Bronwyn Bishop spoke about the Sydney International Piano Competition when he wanted her to dish…

Conductor Antony Walker

Conductor Antony Walker

11 June 2016 9:00 am

He was the most successful and influential composer of the classical period; Josef Haydn (1732-1809) wrote 108 symphonies, 68 string…

Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A failed political experiment that began nearly 100 years ago, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), still holds considerable fascination for many…

Eoin Andersen

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Zurich’s loss was Melbourne’s gain in 2015 when Eoin Andersen became Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Having begun violin…

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21 May 2016 9:00 am

It was a big week for art auctions; Sotheby’s grossed $14.2 million over May10 & 11, their best result since…

Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton at the Met 2016

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Born in France of Sicilian parents, Roberto Alagna has been one of the opera world’s outstanding tenors for nearly 25…

Wednesday Lily and Otto by Myriam Kin-Yee

7 May 2016 9:00 am

To be celebrating the 200th anniversary this year of the Royal Botanic Gardens is quite astounding. Just 28 years after…

Artist’s impression of proposed new museum at Parramatta

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Apollo, the international art magazine, a stablemate of The Spectator…

Helen Garner

23 April 2016 9:00 am

True crime is the genre of literature based on actual crimes and the real life perpetrators. Initially popularised in the…

Sachin Joab in STC’s Disgraced

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Our grandmothers told that we shouldn’t discuss politics or religion in polite society. Apparently that was not a lesson learned…

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9 April 2016 9:00 am

Contemporary dance may not be to everyone’s taste but too many tired, grey performances of Swan Lake will encourage converts.…

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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…