Culture Buff

Tom Roberts 1856-1931 Shearing the rams 1890

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Art movements and fashions may come and go but Australians love of their impressionists seems only to grow stronger.  The…

Opera on the Harbour: La Traviata

10 April 2021 9:00 am

These days, you’d need to be as game as Ned Kelly to run an opera company. It’s a chancy enough…

Boy Swallows Universe

3 April 2021 9:00 am

It is difficult not to be irritated by the preoccupations of the funded state theatre companies. They seem to be…

A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas at the National Library of Australia

27 March 2021 9:00 am

If you go to Canberra to see the NGA’s exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh and are mildly disappointed, your journey…

French Impressionism from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria

20 March 2021 9:00 am

While admiring the collections of French impressionist paintings in  American galleries, it is easy to think of them as evidence…

Johannes Fritzsch

13 March 2021 9:00 am

It is hard to imagine a city with a richer cultural history than Dresden or a better place for a…

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Saint Zenobius was a Florentine nobleman who was converted to Christianity and baptised as an adult, ultimately becoming the first…

Australian Love Stories: Celebrating love in all its guises at the NPG

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The National Portrait Gallery seems to be floundering. That may be unfair but the announcement of the next exhibition left…

Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Second thoughts are sometimes better thoughts. The NSW government had second thoughts about closing down the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo…

Robyn Nevin

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The Adelaide Festival program describes her, accurately, as ‘our finest stage performer’. Robyn Nevin is appearing there (2 Feb-14 Mar)…

Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

6 February 2021 9:00 am

For 60 years, in an idyllic location at Kirribilli, the Ensemble Theatre has been providing entertainment in an intimate format.…

Elijah Moshinsky

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Earlier this month, the opera world sadly absorbed the news of the death of Elijah Moshinsky. Born in Shanghai in…

Masked opera

23 January 2021 9:00 am

We were all excited to be there.  You would have thought that we hadn’t been to an opera performance.  Well,…

Banks, the new biography of Joseph Banks by Grantlee Kieza reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

One of the most eligible bachelors in England, he was strong, handsome, well-educated, adventurous and a fabulously rich young man.…

New year pleasures

9 January 2021 9:00 am

There are things to bring us pleasure in this new year. The opera has opened The Merry Widow (until 16…

The Australian Ballet

19 December 2020 9:00 am

It is indeed a new era. The Australian Ballet announced its 2021 season under the new artistic direction of David…

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Time to look to the future; performing arts companies are encouraging us to do so through their subscription seasons now…

Richard Tognetti

5 December 2020 9:00 am

There’s no doubt about the Australian Chamber Orchestra; full of confidence it is sailing into 2021 with its most ambitious…

Eryn Jean Norvill

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Normality is returning, bit by bit, to public entertainment.Apparently fifty thousand people can go to a football match, yelling themselves…

Ernani at Teatro all Scala

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The Opera is coming back! Unable to perform for nine months, the company has suffered great financial loss, forcing substantial…

Arthur Streeton Land of the Golden Fleece 1926

14 November 2020 9:00 am

In February 1922, Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was married in the first…

Simon Fieldhouse Mozart Statue, Vienna

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Simon Fieldhouse is a Sydney- based artist who has developed a very particular area of expression. Typically, he uses watercolour…

Neil Armfield’s Dream

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Benjamin Britten’s setting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an outstanding achievement. In Australia, we have experienced two exceptional…

Opera Australia’s Attila before shutdown in March

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Attila the Hun might have been hard to stop but Verdi’s opera Attila was stopped in its tracks at the…

Josh Frydenberg

17 October 2020 9:00 am

There has been a fair bit of bleating from sectors claiming to have been ignored in the Budget; in fact…