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Cast members of An Ideal Husband

21 July 2018 9:00 am

He was already skating on thin ice when Oscar Wilde opened his newest play at the Haymarket Theatre on 3…

Aida

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Aida was commissioned from Giuseppe Verdi to celebrate the opening of the Opera House in Cairo in early 1871, the…

Ben Jacks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

A concert in the schedule of the Sydney Symphony recently caught my eye: Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 and his…

The Wharf and its neighbour

30 June 2018 9:00 am

After 35 years on The Wharf at Walsh Bay, the Sydney Theatre Company has moved out. But it will be…

Giorgio de Chirico Gare Montparnasse

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The other morning, the Director of MoMA from New York, Glenn D Lowry was on ABC Breakfast. He was knowledgable…

Michael Lewis as Rigoletto

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Sir Walter Scott published The Bride of Lammermoor in 1819 as one of his hugely successful Waverley novels which captured…

Kororadika Beach by Augustus Earle

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Antiquarians can seem an exotic group to many of us and yet there are several successful dealers in this country,…

Sarah Snook

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2 June 2018 9:00 am

George Bernard Shaw called it ‘a chronicle play’, I suppose a sort of docudrama if a superior one. Saint Joan…

Emma Pearson

26 May 2018 9:00 am

A remarkable achievement; since its inception in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has staged 20 rarely performed operas, many for the first…

Tafelmusik – Bach and His World

19 May 2018 9:00 am

One of the most admired music ensembles in the world is touring for Musica Viva Australia until 4 June (Perth,…

Girls at the Piano

12 May 2018 9:00 am

We need to remind ourselves that there was once a time when there were no Keynesian socialist bureaucracies determining ‘cultural…

Marta Dusseldorp

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Nora walks out and shuts the door behind her; shuts the door on her children, her husband, her life to…

The Firebird – choreography by Liam Scarlett

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Not every young Artistic Director writes a best-selling memoir that is made into a successful feature film. Mao’s Last Dancer…

Heather Mitchell

21 April 2018 9:00 am

This probably is a bad idea; I mean writing a column about a transgender person. Even Germain Greer got herself…

Installation view Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The French are sharing some of their beautiful visual heritage with us right now. At the AGNSW are the wonderful…

Cartier London Halo Tiara 1936

7 April 2018 9:00 am

We’ve grown used to fashion and related objects being the subject of exhibitions at our major galleries but a commercially…

Kathryn Stott

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It may not be paradise in every respect, but Townsville in mid-winter could be a reasonable approximation. The Australian Festival…

ACO at the Barbican

24 March 2018 9:00 am

As Australians, we have a need to be recognised ‘overseas’.  International tours by Australian performing arts groups have been an…

Russell Crowe

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The things we collect can say a great deal about us; so can the way we disperse a collection. The…

Artists of The Australian Ballet, Murphy

10 March 2018 9:00 am

An entire dance program honouring the work of a single person is a rare honour. The Australian Ballet has graciously…

My sole desire c1500 from The Lady and the Unicorn series Musée de Cluny

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Almost a festival of Prosper Mérimée: at the Opera House we have performances of Carmen which is based on his…

Rinat Shaham (Carmen) & Marcelo Puente (Don José)

24 February 2018 9:00 am

There was an intriguing surprise at a fine performance of Carmen last week; the surtitles carrying the translation of the…

Paula and Helen Thomson in Top Girls

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Caryl Churchill is getting on a bit; I know because she was born just two days after me. She is…

Cover shot of Railways and the Raj

Railways and the Raj

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Many of our acquaintances now rarely watch 7.30, partly out of irritation with the succession of whingers and trade union…

Morning Star, 2017

3 February 2018 9:00 am

President Macron is lending the Bayeux Tapestry for exhibition in the British Museum; the medieval tapestry masterpiece The Lady and…