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Orchestra and unions accuse Peter Gelb of long-planned cynical strategy.
Respected composer becomes first female Master of the Queen’s Music.
Controversial director Frank Castorf accuses Wagner's heirs of artistic interference.
In a role of a lifetime, Australian actress Maria Mercedes will portray the famous soprano in Terrence McNally's award-winning play.
Kaufmann, four Strauss operas, 12 unknown operatic gems and Philip Glass's minimalist answer to the Ring Cycle.
Disgraced soprano will perform in support of sexual minorities and victims of violence.

Editor’s Choice

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.
Inside the brilliant mind of the Scottish opera director having his third crack at the Don.
Australians with a disability are sometimes forgotten but a handful of organisations are championing the cause of arts accessibility.
The most famous scion of a legendary guitar dynasty talks fathers and sons, working with Joaquín Rodrigo and his proudest moment.
25 years after the death of Herbert von Karajan, we examine the man who came to define classical music.

Live Reviews

Fine Melbourne cast make the most of Sondheim's fractured fairy-tales.
Stephen Cleobury sorts the men from the boys in glorious harmony.
Chan’s musical Memoir is as powerful as anything he did 20 years ago.
String quartet strikes chords with Romero, Pujol, Grigoryan and co.
Spanish maestro scores every time in something of a game of two halves.
Eclectic line-up gives 2014 Festival a dazzling opening night.

CD/DVD Reviews

Schumann
Schumann Symphonies Nos 1 to 4
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Seguin
40
Maestro Yannick's chamber-sized Schumann lightens the spirits.
It is not often I take any notice of reviews on Amazon, but the three I found of this new release were not full of praise. They accuse Nézet-Séguin’s Schumann...
Mussorgsky
Boris Gudonov
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Bavarian Opera, Kent Nagano
35
Timely tale of brtual death and destruction set in today’s Russia.
That enfant terrible of the opera stage Calixto Bieito must be mellowing in his middle age – either that or we have become numbed to the edgy Spanish director’s naughty...
Tallis
Missa Puer natus est nobis
The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood
40
Tallis has a foot in both camps in Protestant and Catholic works.
Thomas Tallis was destined, as the old Chinese curse puts it, to live in interesting times. Luckily, for him and for us, he defied fate and kept his head joined...

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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.