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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.
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.
Inside the brilliant mind of the Scottish opera director having his third crack at the Don.

Live Reviews

New Australian opera celebrates revolutionary Russian poet in style.
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.
Fine Melbourne cast make the most of Sondheim's fractured fairy-tales.

CD/DVD Reviews

Schumann Symphonies Nos 1 to 4
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Seguin
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...
Boris Gudonov
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Bavarian Opera, Kent Nagano
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...
Missa Puer natus est nobis
The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood
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.