All posts by Sylvie Woods

Sylvie is due to graduate from the BA program at Sydney University this year. She started performing classically with Opera Australia in the children’s chorus, and sang with the company from 2006-2009 in Turandot, La Boheme and Werther. Most recently, Sylvie was the soloist in new work Ex Aere by Kirsten Milenko at City Recital Hall as part of Sydney’s Unashamedly Original series. Sylvie has performed in Europe with the Sydney Children’s Choir, as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House in Carmina Burana, and performed in Leonard Bernstein’ Mass with the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir. She sung as a soloist in Allegri’s Miserere with the St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir where she resided on the William Cumming Thom Choral Scholarship during her first two years of university. Sylvie can be heard as the soloist in the World Vision The Wall commercial that ran through New Zealand. She has performed on 102.5 Fine Music FM on numerous occasions and on Sydney’s Eastside Radio. Sylvie is also a writer and has contributed to such publications as CutCommon and The Ladies Network. She won the prestigious Principal’s Prize for poetry at St Andrew’s College in 2013.


 Chart-topping Welsh singer ​Aled Jones​ opens up to Sydney Arts Guide about that time he was in a pop band, ‘infuriatingly’ talented son Lucas, and his enduring passion for choral music.

SAG: Tell me about the song ‘​Believe’ ​ that you wrote yourself.

ALED:  I really did wake up with the melody already in my head. By the end of that day, the whole thing was done, really. My first study at the Royal Academy of Music in London was Voice and my second was in commercial music, so writing jingles, adverts and so on. Continue reading ALED JONES IN CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM AND AUSTRALIAN TOUR


Stan​​ celebrated their newest season of ​Younger last Tuesday in one of Hemmes` decadent party chambers on George Street. Beyond a mere screening, guests were invited to gambol about a boozy miniature fairground, which among it boasted a personalised bookmark booth, larger-than-life cheeseboard, 3D media wall and bagfuls of ​Younger merchandise.

Darren Star`s ​Younger  reprises the sparkly chick lit slant of his iconic ​Sex & The City.   ​ The (primarily) bubbly female characters tell the near-fantastical narrative of Liza (Sutton Foster), a forty-something mother, successfully operating professionally under the guise of a twenty-six year-old college graduate with the help of a bit of makeup and her friend Maggie. (Debi Mazar). The deception is initially deemed necessary by Maggie, a Brooklyn-based artist, after Liza fails to secure a job in the competitive New York publishing scene. After being forced out of her New Jersey home by the sins of her gambling ex-husband, she starts a new life in Brooklyn with Maggie, establishing a role at one of New York`s more prominent publishing houses as a `twenty-six year old`. Centrally, Liza becomes caught between two men. She lusts after a charming tattoo artist of twenty-six (Nico Tortorella) while also feeling a deeper attachment to the handsome head of Empirical Publishing (Peter Hermann). Hilary Duff makes a chic acting comeback as editor Kelsey Peters throughout the series. Continue reading STAN AUSTRALIA THROWS A BIG BASH FOR NEW SEASON OF ‘YOUNGER’

When Led Up The Garden Path: Operantics stage Mozart’s’ La Finta Giardiniera’

One of Mozart’s lesser-known operas (written at eighteen!) LA FINTA GIARDINIERA is the story of men who throw a tantrum when women don’t want them.

Before I submit any statement on the performance itself, may I just say that I could empty the Champs Elysées and still not be half as attractive as The Independent Theatre. It is a hall of cream, gold and mahogany swirls, mazes and other such intricate embellishments. Each trimming is beguilingly summoned by another as per the Art Deco style. The high point, pun intended, is the ceiling. I also love the columns framing the stage with those fantastic metallic touches! #venuecrush

Now, back to angry men. Continue reading When Led Up The Garden Path: Operantics stage Mozart’s’ La Finta Giardiniera’