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Balance problems have affected the great Russian baritone who is being treated for a brain tumour.
Audiences may be spoilt for choice at the up-coming festival, with plenty of hard-edged theatre and saucy cabaret.
There have been best-selling books and several films, now the late Apple CEO is to be immortalised in Mason Bates' new opera.
Baz Luhrman’s musical of his iconic film fares no better abroad than it did at home.
Stephanie Eslake will be honoured for her contributions to classical music in Australia.
Stuart Skelton's Janáček, David Robertson's Adams and Opera Australia's King Roger are all in the running for 2017.

Editor’s Choice

They’re hell to practise, but given a touch of magic by a genius composer, scales can take us on a beautiful journey.
As the season of goodwill approaches, here are a few clever ideas for the arts lovers in your lives.
The Victorians changed the festive season as we know it, but Dickens changed the way Victorians themselves saw Christmas.
With a "Ho Ho Ho" and a "Jauchzet Frohlocket", 24 famous names help us build your one a day musical guide to Christmas.
Rachel Cole got some tips on niche, risk and making good art – from the horse's mouth itself.
Composers Matt Rankin and Vanessa Nimmo are harvesting old technology to create new sounds.

Live Reviews

★★★½☆ Jessica Cottis wrangles a fine ensemble of young Australian musicians in London.
★★★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.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★☆ The Sibelian Maestro’s completed second cycle demonstrates an industry in rude health.
★★★★☆ Hewitt proves Beethoven to be the god of small (musical) things.
★★★★½ Music of William Lawes turns out to be only a little viol.


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.