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UK Orchestra's residency promises to fuse classical and contemporary.
Berlin-based Australian original will direct a new Meistersinger in 2017.
British cellist encourages young musicians to “think outside the box” to succeed in a tough music industry.
The great Verdi tenor passes on two weeks after his 90th birthday.
Orchestra and unions accuse Peter Gelb of long-planned cynical strategy.
Respected composer becomes first female Master of the Queen’s Music.

Editor’s Choice

Headed for our shores, the tenor of the moment talks operetta and his new CD.
Unhappy with the way the music is going? Why not phone the composer?
The composer waxes lyrical on his new collaboration with Sydney Dance Company.
A look at Philip Glass’s epic Portrait Trilogy; the minimalist’s answer to the Ring Cycle.
A libretto is more than an excuse for music when writing an opera about Russian poet.
Lighting designer proves a musical ‘catholic’ who four years of Wagner’s Ring didn’t convert.

Live Reviews

New Australian opera celebrates revolutionary Russian poet in style.
A delightful show, full of treats and surprises despite some inconsistencies.
Two opera specialists make for a formidable team to tackle Schubert's Everest of the lieder genre.
If only the Big Idea were bigger as Hugo Weaving takes on the Scottish play.
McVicar’s ghoulish, gothic Don triumphs despite the odd vocal let-down.
A most auspicious start to Sir Andrew Davis’s anticipated Mahler project.

CD/DVD Reviews

Piano Works
Bertrand Chamayou
Well-planned program with a bit of time-travel thrown in.
In this thoughtful and measured recital, French pianist Bertrand Chamayou gives evocative accounts of a wide range of Schubert pieces. In the liner notes, Chamayou suggests that the album is...
Various Composers
Various Works
Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri gets a very happy birthday box from the folks at Decca.
Released as part of Dame Kiri’s 70th birthday celebrations, this 6CD set is a representative tribute to a much-loved and exceptionally fine lyric soprano – taken from recordings made during...
Sophie Karthäuser, Eugene Asti
Karthäuser’s angelic soprano gives voice to a 20th-century French master.
As one of Les Six, Poulenc was acutely aware of modern trends. His mélodies (French Art Songs) set poets like Apollinaire, Éluard and Aragon; the voices of 20th-century French feeling....

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University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music students report from Italy.
Singing, learning, watching amazing Opera and eating gelato; it's a hard life, but somebody has to do it!
University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music students report from Italy.