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The artist's winning painting is a contemporary and colourful response to Caravaggio’s Judith beheading Holofernes.
Works will range from opera, electronics, and immersive live performance, with two thirds of funding going to women composers.
The Australian director will take over the helm of OperaQ from Lindy Hume in November.
Opera Queensland is offering 2,500 specially discounted $25 tickets to the French grand opera.
Although the man tried to explain why he was practising while driving, the police remained unconvinced.
Australia’s richest prize for young contemporary artists has announced the 21 artists who have made the finals.

Editor’s Choice

A new biennial on contemporary art is showing at Carriageworks, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Graeme Murphy’s ‘Gum-Nutcracker’ celebrates the very history of ballet in Australia.
The Latvian violinist shares her favourite recordings and her most embarrassing moment on stage.
The Concertgebouw’s youngest concertmaster now heads both the New York and the Hong Kong Philharmonics.
Guido van Helten’s larger-then-life portraits are the flagship of an arts initiative that’s revitalising the town.
Keen for his instrument to boldly go where no oud has gone before, Joseph Tawadros has looked to Egypt for his new concerto.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ A smart, challenging programme highlighting Shostakovich's personal upheavals.
★★★★☆ The Festival hits the ground running with music from home and abroad.
★★★★½ Strong makes auspicious debut with a thought-provoking, beautifully crafted play.
★★★★☆ Greatest soundtrack ever saves musical thriller teetering into camp.
★★★★☆ Two Aussie expats give daring performance of Messiaen's love-death ritual.
★★★½☆ A delightful small-scale production of the touching (if somewhat sentimental) Broadway musical.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★½ Finley warms up Sibelius: Rautavaara’s inspired orchestrations offer a rich tribute to the late-master’s late-master.
★★★★½ Genre-bending programme from America's favourite soprano.
★★★½☆ Alt-Mendelssohn brings a leaner take on the classic oratorio.


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.