Culture Buff

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…

Portrait of William Manning c.1821

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The great museums and galleries in Australia do more than acquire, maintain and display their collections; they are also centres…

Rembrandt live

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The link between music and painting is not a direct one. The aural and visual impacts of the two art…

Vox Clamantis

13 January 2018 9:00 am

For many of us it probably qualifies as ‘a distant country of which we know little’. Estonia, after decades of…

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Judith Brett has written extensively about liberalism in Australia. The emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University, her output…

“The Wider Earth”

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s predecessor was the quaintly titled Waratah Festival which ran for a few days in October. In 1977 Stephen Hall,…

Xu Zhen Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana

9 December 2017 9:00 am

When state governments put money into cultural events they like them to be large and ‘exclusive’. Well, the Victorian Government…

Bronwyn Oliver in her studio 1995

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Her life may have ended eleven years ago at the age of only 47, but sculptor Bronwyn Oliver remains a…

Elizabeth Harrower returning to Sydney in 1959

25 November 2017 9:00 am

It is a wonderful story in itself. After a self-imposed ‘exile’ of four decades, Elizabeth Harrower became an internationally acclaimed…

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…