Above: Warwick Fyfe as Sancho Panza with ensemble members. Featured image: Elena Maximova with cast as Dulcinea (La Belle Dulcinee). Photo credit: Prudence Upton
Massenet’s setting of the Don Quixote tale and legend brings to Sydney a new production for Opera Australia and a unique version of this popular story. Here, themes of the deluded ‘knight’ from La Mancha as an outsider and the fatal pains of love unrequited are brought to the fore in the place of excessive ridicule of the title character. The results are charming, elegant and atmospheric. This opera explores human emotion alongside the comedy. Continue reading DON QUICHOTTE @ THE DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE→
Bel a cappella will be presenting TO THE HANDS, a stunning work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. The recital will also include the final movement of JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin in D minor with added choral interpolations from various chorales, as well as a new arrangement for string quintet and organ of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Under the baton of Conductor Anthony Pasquill. Continue reading Australian premiere of ‘To the Hands’ : Bel a cappella→
Above : Period flautist Melissa Farrow. Featured image : Some of the AHE members for the 2018 season.
Australian Haydn Ensemble commenced its 2018 concert season by doing what it does best-giving its audience an intense snapshot of musical history in a varied programme. A quality arrangement of
a well known orchestral work for chamber music performance was also included. The works presented, all by Haydn, dated from consecutive years 1793, 1794 and 1795 and gave a fine
illustration of the composer building his reputation during working visits to London after 1791. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE @ THE UTZON ROOM→
Sydney Chamber Choir joins the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra for a luscious journey into the landscapes of 18th and 19th century Europe… PASTORAL MELODIES conducted by Richard Gill. Continue reading Pastoral Melodies→
Operantics will present ST MATTHEW’S PASSION by Bach in superb surroundings for a good cause. Depicting the story of Christ’s capture and crucifixion with text from the book of Matthew, this powerful and dramatic work is a fitting choice following the Easter weekend. Continue reading Operantics presents Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion→
L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour) presented by the José Carbó Trio is resoundingly successful in answering a question posed by Australia’s leading baritone, José Carbó. What if he were to be accompanied by two guitars instead of the usual piano or even orchestra when singing operatic songs?
Spectacularly, many of the arrangements in this concert were developed in collaboration with two young emerging classical guitarists, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi. Together they form the José Carbó Trio. The trio first appeared together on stage at Canberra’s 2015 Voices in the Forest concert, where they performed music from Carbó’s ARIA-nominated album My Latin Heart. The third concert in their current Australian tour was held on 11 March 2018 as part of the Independent Theatre’s popular Prelude in Tea series – which always includes a most generous afternoon tea. Continue reading The Exquisite Hour @ the Independent Theatre→
Thanks to my busy life I found myself in a very rare circumstance today. When the media release from The Leftovers Collective came in I saw ‘Shakespeare’ in large friendly type and thought … I’m in! Later, the other largish and encouraging letters tumbled themselves into vocabulary. Shakespeare Dance Party Rap Battle it said. I express a bit of surprise at my next thought … Why the hell not? Jep. In. Continue reading Shakespeare Dance Party Rap Battle: Yes Really!→
TOSCA is a special filmed performance of Puccini’s operatic thriller from London’s world-renowned Royal Opera House, as part of the exclusive series: Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season. Continue reading TOSCA ON THE BIG SCREEN→
Anoushka Shankar returns to Sydney once again, this time as a versatile and polished performer extending her natural talents in the use and exploration of India’s traditional instrument, the sitar.
Hailed as one of the best sitar players in the world, Anoushka Shankar has taken musical innovation to new heights, developing her skills with this ancient instrument and creating a very unique and intoxicating sound. In fact, success has earned her a multitude of Grammy nominations and accolades following the release of various albums and stardom as a concert performer worldwide.
Anoushka has come a long way since her last visit to Australia in 2010, At that time, she performed alongside her father, the legendary sitar maestro Ravi Shankar on his 90th Birthday farewell concert. He died two years later. Traces of You was released several months after the passing of her father. The album featured her half-sister Nora Jones as the sole vocal performer and earned Anoushka a fourth Grammy nomination in the World Music category. Continue reading ANOUSHKA SHANKAR IN CONCERT @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE→
Lush ,lavish and opulent this is a superb revival of the glorious 1994 production by Elijah Moshinksy and there was great excitement as it marked Nicole Car’s debut in the role of Violetta.
Shocking and scandalous at the time of its 1853 premiere, the now classic tale of poor Violetta and Alfredo, of Consumption and thwarted true love is based on a Dumas novel. Moshinsky , Yeargan and Hall set it in 1877 – so think bustles rather than crinolines and the start of the ‘Belle Epoque’. Yeargan’s designs are themed around the seasons. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA LA TRAVIATA→
The Nexus Quartet is a miniature “Big Band”. It is a big sound and often evocative when in the jazz mode of the mood of the 30’s, the era of the Speakeasy, of smoke filled rooms, money, danger and illegality. The quartet are four classically trained Saxophonists and there being a dearth of classical compositions for this type of quartet, it often dips into the the oeuvre of the great composers such as Ravel, Debussy and Cesar Franck to play transcriptions of their works.
From the classical genre we heard Debussy’s ”Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune” with Emily Granger at the Harp. Emily is Chicago’s great loss and our great gain. In Chicago she was principal harpist and since coming here has firmly established herself as an outstanding addition to the Australian concert scene. The prelude is one of the most popular in the concert repertoire and its performance was a contrast in tone, timbre and gravitas.
The Basement is delighted announce the return of one of Australia’s classiest performers and most talented young song writers with her latest show Frances Madden and Band with PRACTICAL MAGIC at The Basement on Saturday 24th March. Continue reading PRACTICAL MAGIC: FRANCES MADDEN AND BAND→
A most glorious concert that had the packed house enraptured, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra ( in double string orchestra format)and Choir combined forces to perform a richly textured dramatic concert that ranged over 400 years in an English musical journey mostly concentrating on works by Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Locke, Purcell, and Handel but concluding with a 20th century piece Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. They were enthusiastically and energetically conducted by Paul Dyer. Continue reading THE AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR: THOMAS TALLIS’ ENGLAND→
The creatives from SOQ, Graham Sattler (baritone) and Stephen O’Connell (saxophone) joined TMO to perform the premiere of their song cycle, ‘Beauty’. Photo credit for this and featured image : John B Chen
It was a thrill to have the performance and interpretative talents of The Metropolitan Orchestra back before us for the start of their 2018 and tenth anniversary season. We heard a work from the Finnish composer Sibelius and the well-known Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ by Sibelius’ contemporary, Dvorak.
These works by great late nineteenth orchestral composers framed an Australian song cycle in its premiere performance. Continue reading THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA : MET CONCERT 1 @ EUGENE GOOSSENS HALL→
It’s been 11 years since Damien Leith caught the nation’s attention by performing on Australian Idol. Since then he has released 8 albums, 2 novels and has toured extensively; performing his own compositions and of course, his much-loved versions of classic songs.
In its first concert for 2018, Thoroughbass presents SEMELE on Sunday March 11 @ 3pm at Mosman Art Gallery.
Taking its title from the cantata by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, this all-French program features acclaimed soprano Anna Fraser with violinists Stephen Freeman and Shaun Warden, and continuo by Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Continue reading SEMELE: FIRST FOR THOROUGHBASS IN 2018→
ACO: TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS
This is a vibrant , electrifying concert that was superbly played and had the packed audience bursting with enthusiasm. The work of two masters was paired with that of two female composers born in 1980 and included an Australian and a world premiere.There was a rich lustrous sound throughout. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS→