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The award-winning German actress and singer has passed away aged 92.
Valery Gergiev gives this intriguing work its first performance in a century at the Mariinsky.
Two country boys have walked away with the Australian Ballet's prestigious annual Award and People's Choice.
Yebin Yoo, Oscar Han and Natalia Harvey triumph in a contest of violins at the Gisborne International Music Competition
The Year Seven student from New South Wales is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious music prize.
The intimate Sydney Opera House chamber music series turns 10 with a host of intriguing projects.

Editor’s Choice

It’s not over yet for the legendary singer, who is lapping up his final world tour, and excited at embarking on his first cruise.
The Australian mezzo is finishing off her year with Pinchgut Opera's latest show and SwanSongs Perth.
He’s complex, lengthy and often frustrating. But give Bruckner due attention and he has power to captivate like no one else.
The Finnish maestro discusses the joys of Sibelius's symphonies and thoughts on his second cycle.
Practice might seem the obvious answer, but the Manly Warringah Choir might have a better scheme.
With a "Ho Ho Ho" and a "Jauchzet Frohlocket", 24 famous names help us build your one a day musical guide to Christmas.

Live Reviews

★★★½☆ Stephen Layton's dramatic conviction makes a powerful testimony of Handel’s musical centrepiece.
★★★★☆ Innovative programming and restrained refinement allows ASO to shine.
★★★★½ A virtuosic, mind-expanding performance from a leading, world-renowned Australian ensemble.
★★★★★ A marvellously realised interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony.
★★★½☆ Inspired musical values and post-Trump passions let down by awkward staging.
★★★★☆ Rules are joyfully bent and broken in four explorations of the new.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★☆ The Sibelian Maestro’s completed second cycle demonstrates an industry in rude health.
★★★★½ Unlikely Baroque combo proves harmonious in debut recital.
★★★★☆ Pietsch captures the violence and loneliness in Profokiev’s music.


Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus.
Perhaps explaining how a contrabassoon makes noise via smartphone translation is not so odd.
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell.