Donald McDonald

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9 January 2016 9:00 am

Ceylon was the exotic setting for the opera The Pearl Fishers. It premiered in Paris in 1863; its composer Georges…

Jos van Immerseel

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2 January 2016 9:00 am

It may be the best thing to come out of Belgium after chocolates. Or even the only good thing after…

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12 December 2015 9:00 am

Time for a quick glance over my shoulder at the passing year. Culturally it was busy enough but with little…

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5 December 2015 9:00 am

We are now officially in summer and the beach season. The importance of the beach in our national self-image the…

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28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution, one of the most popular operas in Paris was Richard Coeur-de-Lion.…

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21 November 2015 9:00 am

The first performance of King Lear took place in 1606 barely three years after James IV of Scotland had inherited…

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14 November 2015 9:00 am

James Bond as played by Daniel Craig in the new movie Spectre might have been surprised to find himself sharing…

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7 November 2015 9:00 am

Melbourne opera-goers are in for a surprise: a production of a masterpiece, set in an appropriate period with naturalistic sets…

Half Gate by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee & Caitlin Roseby. Photo - Garth Carr

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31 October 2015 9:00 am

Mark Twain famously said ‘Golf is a good walk … ruined’. Bondi locals possibly think that Sculpture by the Sea…

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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…