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The Sydney-born rising star baritone carries all before him with performances of Handel and Keiser.
Sydney Youth Orchestras has launched the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra based at Parramatta Riverside Theatres.
The young Australian baritone is headed for Germany as the recipient of the inaugural Deutsche Oper Berlin Award.
Marina Prior, Helen Morse and John Bell star in a line-up ranging from oddball comedies to dark, demented dramas.
Tokyo-based composer Sami Elu has constructed a fascinating keyboard from recycled instruments.
The Australian soprano joins Daniil Trifonov, Hélène Grimaud and Dame Emma Kirkby in Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2017 series.

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The Venezuelan-American cellist has ‘decoded’ the Cello Concerto using the composer’s own cryptographic techniques.
Speculative fiction, new music and flutes will come together in a performance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
It may be based on a fairytale, but Angelin Preljocaj’s steps are only for adults to dance.
A rare opportunity to hear some of the best North American musicians performing gems of classical music.
The Israeli contemporary dance company is returning to Australia after 23 years to perform at the Sydney Opera House.
On the launch of her new CD with "the dancing conductor", the singer recalls the winding path to vocal glory.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Sensitive, nuanced reading of Beethoven's massive choral masterpiece.
★★★★★ Robertson performs a gloriously exhilarating Resurrection.
★★★★½ New Yorkers help launch Sydney's newest music venue.
★★★★½ Tognetti and the MSO shine in 20th-century splendour.
★★★½☆ Stage adaptation is faithful to John Cleese's sitcom if not quite as funny.
★★★★☆ Energised readings see the romantic rub shoulders with the radical.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ Some first-class Romantic poetry with plenty of muscles from the impeccable Mr Lewis.
★★★★★ Mendelssohn as you’ve never heard him played (no, really!).
★★★★☆ Järvi and his players let their hair down with some diverting Ibert.


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.