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David Shenton says no to playing at the Inauguration, while The Piano Guys provide a laundry list of justifications.
Lyndon Terracini has had his contract as OA Artistic Director extended until 2021.
Joseph Nolan plans to welcome the Queen of Sheba amongst a programme ranging from Bach to Britten.
A “stunning” hoard of gold artefacts has been discovered in Shropshire.
Executive Director Jarrod Carland puts the company into administration, leaving artists little hope of payment.
Wesley Enoch was booed when he said next year's concert will be in Parramatta – but it's not a decision he's taken lightly.

Editor’s Choice

On the eve of his Australian tour, the controversial violinist talks about his greatest musical influences and standing up Yehudi.
Newly recovered and recorded, the composer whose life was cut short at the Somme is assuming his righful place.
German virtuoso thereminist Carolina Eyck made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 15 and never looked back.
The director of the BBC's epic Hollow Crown on Shakespeare, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The composer was interviewed by Françoise Esselier 45 years ago, here are his thoughts on Boulez, Cage and Stockhausen.
Properly given, and equally well-received, a kind word can change a day from cloudy with scattered showers to full sun.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Alison Whyte delivers a stunning performance as a Mary who refuses to have her story dictated by others.
★★★★☆ Combining history, feminism and gorgeous vocals, this cabaret about gin is a real tonic.
★★★½☆ A joyous yarn about an Indigenous family told with cheeky humour and lots of heart.
★★★★☆ A powerful, immersive soundscape that harnesses the resonant space of the Sydney Town Hall.
★★★★½ Michieletto flashes his verismo credentials as Torre goes for double gold.
★★★★★ Benjamin Northey is expressive and authoritative in superb performances of works by the Finnish master.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ Clean-cut German violinist makes a devil-may-care pact with a band of HIP Italian rebels.
★★★★☆ Lehár's bittersweet late triumph becomes a hit for Munich Radio.
★★★★★ Meyerbeer's suave French opera extracts impress and delight.


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.