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Andy Morton will direct a brand new production of Puccini’s popular opera for 2018’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
The revered pianist has withdrawn from all three Sydney concerts due to physical exhaustion, with Yuja Wang to replace her.
Glen Donnelly hopes to raise $15,000 for charity by attempting the World's Highest Musical Performance in Free-fall.
New report finds that domestic visitors rate it Australia's most creative city, but international visitors put Sydney on top.
Six sopranos, a mezzo, and a tenor are in the running to win the scholarship, which has a combined prize pool of $58,500.
Tributes are flowing for the acclaimed musicologist and inspiring teacher, who has passed away aged 71.

Editor’s Choice

Back in 2015, this extended musical family told Clive Paget how the 'food of love' can also be the language of love.
The South African-born, Gold Coast-educated fortepianist talks Mozart and the therapeutic effect of mixing a cocktail.
The great pianist treasured Beethoven’s kiss and incorporated it into his mythology, but did it occur in public or in private?
Ahead of performances with WASO and ASO, the French-Canadian pianist explains the challenges of Chopin and Saint-Saëns.
The Australian-born principal is part of two new Royal Ballet works coming to Brisbane.
With so many versions of Alma Mahler, the facts are often difficult to separate from the fiction.

Live Reviews

★★★★½ A bittersweet but nourishing slice of the finest cabaret.
★★★½☆ Musical standards aid Kaufmann's debut, if production raises questions.
★★★½☆ Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire star in the Old Vic production, soon to screen in Australia.
★★★★½ Elise McCann's new show is a magical meeting of Roald Dahl's creative genius and real life.
★★★★★ A magical, transporting night of theatre with Damien Ryan firing on all fronts.
★★★★½ A spritely and vibrant Creation from Sir Andrew Davis and the MSO.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ A great new Daphnis… Period: François-Xavier Roth brings on some 20th-century HIP ideas to reveal the real Ravel.
★★★★½ Australia's period favourites breath new life into some Romantic classics.
★★★★½ Licorice stick brings to life vivid dreams of cognac and klezmer.


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.