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Dame Joan: The True Story
A year after the legendary soprano's death, widower Richard Bonynge reflects on his first meeting with Joan, that incredible voice, her acting skills, her performance highs and lows, and her final days. Plus: the unknown recordings, her "nightmare" performance, and who could be "the next Sutherland"?
Christmas Gift Guide
CDs, DVDs, books and gadgets to suit all classical tastes: from a one-hour electric guitar solo to accordion arrangements of Schubert!
R.I.P. Record Shops?
We visit the classical specialist shops still braving the storm of digital downloads and online shopping.
Romeo & Juliet: Prokofiev's Soviet Love Story
Written in the darkest days of Stalin's rule, Romeo and Juliet is 20th-century ballet's most performed work, but it was anything but an overnight success. And was it really going to have a happy ending?
The Australian Conundrum
Does staying in Australia mean kissing goodbye to an international career for our homegrown musicians?
Know the tune, but can't think who composed it? Welcome to the world of classical one-hit wonders...
Interview: Osmo Vänskä
Forget the great orchestras... From Lahti to Minnesota, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä can turn any ensemble into a world-beater. And he's conducting the Sydney Symphony in November.
ALSO IN THE MAGAZINE
Musical traditions run back to the age of the Vikings in this picture-postcard Norwegian city.
Over 85 classical, jazz, world and film reviews, including never-before-released Glenn Gould, Joan Sutherland reissues, a stunning new Christmas choral album, Yo-Yo Ma's rodeo and more.
• Diary: Angela Gheorghiu on paying tribute to Maria Callas on a new CD, and the sacrifices a diva must make for her art.
• On the road: Sumi Jo
• In the Spotlight: 2CELLOS The duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser became an Internet sensation when their version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal notched over 5 million hits on YouTube early this year. Now they're the support act for Elton John. Plus, a heavenly Messiah from Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and ABC's Classic 100 countdown live with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
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