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From galleries to the Darling Downs, the opera company explores new settings and new collaborations at home and abroad.
The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has premiered its sepulchral new instrument in Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.
Zoe Drummond has been awarded a scholarship worth $43,000 after wowing the judges with her emotional performance.
The Australian actor has won warm praise for her "enigmatic" performance in David Hare's new play The Red Barn.
The dazzling Chinese pianist joins luminaries like Bernstein and Argerich in the prestigious award’s 56th year.
Leading Dutch maestro, and incoming Music Director of the NY Phil, brings Mahler and Mozart to Sydney and Melbourne.

Editor’s Choice

What's in a word? Interpreting the secret scribbles of musicians, maestros and some of the great composers.
The Australian soprano reflects on the challenges of singing Donizetti’s tragic Anna Bolena.
Retiring in November, the SSO musician looks back at a career spanning seven Chief Conductors.
Antonio Pappano talks about Bellini's Norma, and tackling the post-Netrebko pinnacle of the bel canto with Sonya Yoncheva.
The composer is inspired by the moods of the sea, Tennyson’s Ulysses and poetic images of sailing in his new violin concerto.
Wooed off grunge by Maurizio Pollini, now the Adelaide Festival chief loves all sorts of music, preferably unfiltered by labels.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ A brilliantly performed, life-affirming musical that high-kicks you out of the theatre walking on air.
★★★★☆ The Wharf Revue offers a welcome dose of political satire and budgie-smuggling hilarity.
★★★★☆ Fantastic four wander the globe from Latin America to home.
★★★★☆ Bonachela's company brings out the beast in man, and the man in the beast.
★★★★☆ All spaced out at the orchestra when TSO and AYO play The Planets.
★★★½☆ Comedy, musical richness and social commentary mingle in this early Venetian classic.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★½ Malcolm Martineau serves up an enthralling appetite whetter for a 100-year vocal odyssey.
★★★½☆ A dazzling comic opera still going strong after 135 years.
★★★★½ The South African operatic sensation covers all her bases.


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.