Australian Arts

An ecstatic torment of self-delight

4 March 2023 9:00 am

What a week of music. On Thursday night we listened to the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne do Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at…

Shy old charmer

25 February 2023 9:00 am

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2023 season with a sumptuously ambitious gala concert on the evening of Friday…

Aristocratic panache

18 February 2023 9:00 am

Last week saw the streaming of the sixth and final episode of Happy Valley, the Yorkshire policier with the great…

Serious music

11 February 2023 9:00 am

The other week this column blithely announced that the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra would be performing live that mighty and mightily…

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Snatches of poignancy

4 February 2023 9:00 am

Some decades ago when David Foster Wallace was proceeding to write the great confounding masterpiece of his generation Infinite Jest…

Rite of summer

28 January 2023 9:00 am

It’s a strange period of relaxation, isn’t it? The post-Christmas and New Year period in the lead up to Australia…

Cardinal virtues

19 January 2023 9:00 am

George Pell is dead. Although he was 81, no one would have predicted it. The Cardinal who had had to…

Feast of epiphanies

14 January 2023 9:00 am

January 6, the end of the twelve days of Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany when the three wise…

I, Spy

7 January 2023 9:00 am

Is the new year a time to reflect on the misjudgments of a life spent opining? Thirty years ago, when…

The intensity of Christmas

17 December 2022 9:00 am

What a box of contradictions Christmas is. There’s the quest for presents – which can get urgent and exhilarated in…

Howdy, pardner

10 December 2022 9:00 am

Someone told me the new TV streamer The English had a weird resemblance to Cormac McCarthy who has just published…

And introducing Michael Caine

3 December 2022 9:00 am

It was the night of the Victorian election that might have seen Daniel Andrews fall like Lucifer never to rise…

Firefighters of bounty

26 November 2022 9:00 am

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been with us for as long as we can remember. The story of the unlovely…

Minimalist but highly imaginative

19 November 2022 9:00 am

If you live in the suburb of Hawthorn in the midst of all that leafy greenness, in the federal seat…

A lustre that is blinding

12 November 2022 9:00 am

Does Milly Alcock find her characters inside herself or does she sketch them from outside? ‘It’s both,’ she says. ‘You…

Theatre of the soul

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Whatever you think of the question of the Voice it was fascinating to hear Noel Pearson, that most formidable and…

Grace and lucidity

29 October 2022 9:00 am

The news of Carmen Callil’s death last week shocked the literary world even though it was expected. She made an…

One night in a Gentlemen’s Club

22 October 2022 9:00 am

How fascinating it is to see that Australia’s Brendan Cowell is playing John Proctor in the new English National Theatre…

Swerves of warmth and coolness

15 October 2022 9:00 am

One of the great things about the Australian Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is that the kids love it. Even the…

A sapphic rom-com not to be missed

8 October 2022 9:00 am

What a relief it is that Virginia Gay’s adaptation of Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac should finally have opened in Sarah…

Footy versus ballet?

1 October 2022 9:00 am

All the different aspects of a culture collide and interconnect. Melbourne is the undisputed capital of Australian rules football (which…

Eye of a genius

24 September 2022 9:00 am

In a week dominated by the death of the Queen it’s a strange thing that Jean-Luc Godard, the man who…

A god of fury and destruction

17 September 2022 9:00 am

David Hare is the most eminent British dramatist of the generation that includes the man we have to learn to…

Just yesterday

10 September 2022 9:00 am

The death of Mikhail Gorbachev last week transcended politics because it was a reminder of how the culture of the…

Where art and pleasure collide

3 September 2022 9:00 am

The morality of art always seems like such a simple thing. The Greeks want back the so-called Elgin Marbles pilfered…