Donald McDonald

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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…

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26 September 2015 9:00 am

The popularity of Writers’ Festivals is a growing cultural phenomenon matched by the boom in book groups. Now, book groups…

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19 September 2015 9:00 am

He may not be a household name, yet, but Peter Boggs is one of our outstanding painters. His works hang…

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12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Richard Tognetti as its Artistic Director. That…

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5 September 2015 9:00 am

It is not possible to imagine classical ballet without the music of Tchaikovsky. The scores of his three full length…

Vadim Gluzman

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29 August 2015 9:00 am

The oldest professional orchestra in Australia with the longest continuous history, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will next year celebrate its…

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in The Present

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22 August 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s opening by the Sydney Theatre Company of The Present was a high water mark in its history. Adapted…

Edvard Grieg and Gerard Willems

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15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I Love a Piano’ sang Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, courtesy of Irving Berlin, in Easter Parade. So do most…

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8 August 2015 9:00 am

It was at a Ball at the Trocadero in August 1955, sixty years ago this month, that I first heard…

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1 August 2015 9:00 am

It is an out and out masterpiece so any new production of The Marriage of Figaro matters a great deal.…

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25 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s the play with no name, literally. Chekhov’s first play, written in 1878, was never completed despite its estimated five…

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18 July 2015 9:00 am

It was a sparkling winter morning when the Art Gallery of NSW revealed the 47 finalists for the Archibald Prize…

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11 July 2015 9:00 am

My 18-year old consultant can’t understand why I haven’t written a column about games – video and computer games, that…

SDC De Novo, Emergence. Photo by Peter Greig

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4 July 2015 9:00 am

They’re just recovering in Adelaide from the sold-out success of the Cabaret Festival which was directed by the wonderful, endlessly…

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

This is a very operatic time in Sydney; the SSO has just done Tristan & Isolde, OA has opened it’s…

Tristan and Isolde soprano Christine Brewer

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20 June 2015 9:00 am

Surely the most luxuriously sensual of all operas, Tristan & Isolde makes voyeurs of us all.   This opera is being…

William Dobell at Wangi Wangi - now Dobell House

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

Bill Dobell is back in town. At least an aspect of his output, titled Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in…

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6 June 2015 9:00 am

Another announcement: more cultural infrastructure to dramatically increase the exhibition space at the Art Gallery of NSW. The architects are…

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30 May 2015 9:00 am

Forty years ago I predicted an imminent Mendelsshon revival; I’m still waiting. This month brought a false dawn; at the…

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23 May 2015 9:00 am

The Laird’s House at Skara Brae on Orkney overlooks the Neolithic settlement, uncovered in a huge storm in 1850. Predating…

Diego Torre as Don Carlos, Milijana Nikolic as Princess Eboli, José Carbó as Rodrego, Count of Posa

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16 May 2015 9:00 am

Elijah Moshinsky is back in town, in Melbourne, where it all began. Responsible for the most insightful and beautiful productions…

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9 May 2015 9:00 am

By any measure it was a glamorous auction. The auctioneer was Mark Politmore, aka 7th Baron Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of…