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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…

SDC De Novo, Emergence. Photo by Peter Greig

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4 July 2015 9:00 am

They’re just recovering in Adelaide from the sold-out success of the Cabaret Festival which was directed by the wonderful, endlessly…

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

This is a very operatic time in Sydney; the SSO has just done Tristan & Isolde, OA has opened it’s…

Tristan and Isolde soprano Christine Brewer

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20 June 2015 9:00 am

Surely the most luxuriously sensual of all operas, Tristan & Isolde makes voyeurs of us all.   This opera is being…

William Dobell at Wangi Wangi - now Dobell House

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

Bill Dobell is back in town. At least an aspect of his output, titled Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in…

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6 June 2015 9:00 am

Another announcement: more cultural infrastructure to dramatically increase the exhibition space at the Art Gallery of NSW. The architects are…

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30 May 2015 9:00 am

Forty years ago I predicted an imminent Mendelsshon revival; I’m still waiting. This month brought a false dawn; at the…

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23 May 2015 9:00 am

The Laird’s House at Skara Brae on Orkney overlooks the Neolithic settlement, uncovered in a huge storm in 1850. Predating…

Diego Torre as Don Carlos, Milijana Nikolic as Princess Eboli, José Carbó as Rodrego, Count of Posa

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16 May 2015 9:00 am

Elijah Moshinsky is back in town, in Melbourne, where it all began. Responsible for the most insightful and beautiful productions…

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9 May 2015 9:00 am

By any measure it was a glamorous auction. The auctioneer was Mark Politmore, aka 7th Baron Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of…

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2 May 2015 9:00 am

Sensible birds fly to the warmth in the winter. Humans, not being birds and not always sensible, have to make…

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25 April 2015 9:00 am

The garbage bins from MTC’s production of Endgame are being packed away at the Southbank Theatre to make room for…

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18 April 2015 9:00 am

A baroque music festival in Hobart sounded right with particularly appropriate settings such as the Theatre Royal and the pretty…

Helen Garner

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11 April 2015 9:00 am

Writers’ Festivals may well be taking over the world. Worse things could happen but their expanding scale and level of…

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4 April 2015 9:00 am

The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was greatly loved by our generation and several before us. It is derived from…

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28 March 2015 9:00 am

We’re all keen on infrastructure at the moment so it’s worth remembering what an astounding impact the Suez Canal made…

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21 March 2015 9:00 am

In her memoir Must You Go?, Antonia Fraser records an exchange between her husband Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett in…

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14 March 2015 9:00 am

Nowadays we don’t often look to modern Greece for inspiration except for its physical beauty and the charm of its…

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7 March 2015 9:00 am

So familiar, Miriam Margolyes seems like one of us. Well, she is actually, because she took out Oz citizenship and…

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28 February 2015 9:00 am

Adelaide is the perfect festival city and its once biennial, now annual, Festival has been the pace setter for others…

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14 February 2015 9:00 am

He gave himself the name ‘Tennessee’; a creative and public relations masterstroke for a still unknown 28 year-old writer. Born…