Culture Buff

Helen Sherman

18 November 2017 9:00 am

This year sees the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, a pioneer of opera and a crucial transitional…

Jan de Bray “The governors of the Guild of St Luke, Haarlem” 1675

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was surprisingly exciting and is now known as the Dutch Golden Age. Newly…

Michelle de Kretser

4 November 2017 9:00 am

A multi-award winner, Michelle de Kretser has just published her fifth novel, The Life to Come. Born in Sri Lanka,…

Rachel Podger - photo Theresa Pewal

Rachel Podger

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The Enlightenment saw orthodoxies challenged and the emergence of radical ideas throughout the latter half of the 18th century. That…

Cressida Campbell Still life with dragonfly 2016-17

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Emerging from a gifted family, Cressida Campbell is now one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. She chose an unusual medium…

Xavier de Maistre

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Gracie Fields used to sing: ‘I took my harp to a party but nobody asked me to play’. I can’t…

The Merry Widow

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Not everyone celebrates a 55th anniversary, but if you are a national ballet company at the peak of its form,…

Terracotta bust of Edmund Barton by Nelson Illingworth (c.1901)

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Although they are not especially grand, these houses are arguably the most significant in the country. The four official residences…

Thomas Hampson

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir Andrew Davis became Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and, happily, will continue until the end…

Vivica Genaux

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Founded in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has presented 19 rarely performed works with such distinction that its audience has grown along…

Anne-Sophie Mutter

9 September 2017 9:00 am

These are good times for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Chief Conductor Davis Robertson announced a glamorous 2018 Season. The Board…

Marion Hall Best in Marimekko, 1968

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Her shop was one of the glories of Rowe Street, itself one of the glories of old Sydney, before it…

Hamlet Glyndebourne Festival

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Shakespeare’s plays have frequently been the source of operas. Almost as frequently the operas have been only modest successes. Notable…

Sir Andrew Davis

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Operas are subject to changes in fashion, suffering long periods of neglect. One such opera is Thaïs by Jules Massenet.…

Marble relief of a Roman trireme

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Readers of Robert Harris’ thriller Pompeii might think they know a great deal about the devastating eruption of Mt Vesuvius…

Simone Young - photo Berthold Fabricius

Simone Young

5 August 2017 9:00 am

She’s a local girl who made good — really good. Simone Young was born, educated and trained in Sydney. She…

John Bell

The Father

29 July 2017 9:00 am

A co-production by MTC and STC of a new play which has been acclaimed in Paris, London and New York…

Grace Cossington Smith, The bridge in building 1929

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The viewer could treat this exhibition as an exercise in ‘compare and contrast’, or follow my preference and simply enjoy…

Nadine Garner

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Three women who shared a flat as university freshers in 1983 and have maintained their friendship through the years are…

Alan Moorehead

8 July 2017 9:00 am

He left Melbourne in 1936 to become a famous writer, and he did. Not just a famous writer but a…

Tom Roberts The sculptor’s studio 1884-85

1 July 2017 9:00 am

We may have seen them before, but the prospect of the Australian Impressionism show is very alluring; it has now…

Andrew Nicholl A distant view of Derry through a bank of wild flowers

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Last week came the welcome announcement of the State Government’s funding of the major extension, indeed doubling, of the exhibition…

Tom Conroy as Winston Smith

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ That is the arresting opening line…

A N Wilson and Resolution

10 June 2017 9:00 am

A sold-out session at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was an indication of public interest in the writer, A. N. Wilson,…

Jun Chen Grey Red 2017

3 June 2017 9:00 am

At the age of 30, Jun Chen arrived in Australia post Tianamen Square. He settled in Brisbane where his first…