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Sam Strong has two horses – and divided loyalties – in the race for Best Play at this year’s Helpmann Awards.
The Dutch independent has signed the French pianist whose plans include Messiaen's mighty Catalogue d'Oisseaux.
The AGNSW has announced 43 finalists including two of John Bell, while a Lisa Wilkinson portrait wins Packing Room Prize.
More than 500 cases of physical violence and 67 cases of sexual abuse have been revealed between 1945 and the early 90s.
Limelight speaks to the tenor and to runner up Jessica Harper about what the competition means for their careers.
Century-old original hand-written manuscripts have been discovered in the Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s library.

Editor’s Choice

Jonathan Henderson will premiere the Australian composer's new work with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.
The famous virtuoso violinist suffered ill-health all his life, but his troubles didn’t end with his death.
The Aussie bass triumphed at the 2017 Opera Awards, giving him the opportunity to hone his craft abroad.
The award-winning artist will recreate Hogarth’s The Enraged Musician to the sounds of the Australian Art Quartet.
The Queensland Youth Orchestras’ founder has been mentor, guru and musical legend for a generation of Australian musicians.
After making her name on the international scene, the soprano returns to her hometown for Wagner's Lohengrin.

Live Reviews

★★★★½ Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis prove a match made in Massenet heaven.
★★★★½ Robertson’s beautifully-paced reading opens a doorway to heaven.
★★★☆☆ Be seduced by Monteverdi’s tale of lust and power in Lyric Opera’s colourful production.
★★★★★ Bubbling over with opulence, it doesn't get more fun than this.
★★★½☆ Old-fashioned G&S given a sparkling new production.
★★★½☆ Fierce fiddling, and a lovely neo-romantic blend.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ Missing in action no more: Albion Records restores a fistful of revelatory scores by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
★★★★☆ An enchanting trove of recorder treasures from the Baroque era.
★★★★½ Goldners and Lane beguile in both early and late Borodin.


Anthony Albrecht reports from the bush on his regional recital tour
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.