Lisa Gasteen: Much more than just witches and bitches

The Wagnerian soprano who thought she'd never sing again is looking at a fuller diary than ever.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It) at Perth Festival

Created for the Royal Shakespeare Company, this work by Russian director Dmitry Krymov is genre-busting alchemy, and in a reimagining of Shakespeare’s great play he imbues such tenderness, grandeur and spectacle, that the theatre seems swollen with joy. At the heart of this exuberant production lies a love story, with endless magic whirling all around it … fruit, flowers and brilliant five-metre puppets … a massive ensemble, an opera singer, two acrobats... Dazzlingly executed

Theatre review: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perth Festival)

Deadpan Shakespeare, Russian-style, makes for an evening of divine mayhem and madness.

Review: Situation Rooms & You Once Said Yes (Perth Festival)

From interactive iPads to magical encounters on the mean streets of Perth, it’s comfortable shoes time at the Festival.

Mies Julie at Perth Festival

On a remote South African farm, a kitchen smoulders with brutality and tenderness. Julie, the daughter of the Afrikaans farm master, is dangerously drawn to John, one of her father’s servants, as a lifetime of nuanced and flirtatious advances explodes in a single evening of raw and intense emotion. Yaël Farber's production of Strinberg explores the visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa 18 years after the end of apartheid.

Theatre review: Mies Julie (Perth Festival)

Reconciliation seems a distant dream play as Strindberg’s relocated classic reopens old wounds.

Batsheva Dance Company's Deca Dance

Batsheva Dance Company prove again and again that they are one of the greatest companies on the planet and one of the coolest as well with this stunning production of contemporary dance – Deca Dance.

Dance review: Deca Dance (Batsheva, Perth Festival)

High-octane storytelling and a Dancing with the Stars moment make for a memorable night of Israeli dance.

Opera review: Otello (West Australian Opera & Perth Festival)

Otello on an aircraft carrier sails on a sea of orchestral pleasures if short of a proper captain at the helm.

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

ABC Classic FM's Julian Day spoke to all-round musician Bryce Dessner ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Perth's getting a Symphony for a City

Tod Machover's Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea puts musical West Australians centre stage.

Perth Festival: The Power of Repetition – a study in epic minimalism

Philip Glass, Sally Whitwell and Maki Namekawa join forces to premiere Glass’s Twenty Piano Études.

Live Review: Tenebrae et Lux – Gesualdo (Perth Festival)

Murder in the Dark: light, shadow, movement and music illuminate the Passion of Christ.

Live Review: The Threepenny Opera (Berliner Ensemble)

Devil’s in the detail of this slick yet gritty production of Weill and Brecht’s anti-masterpiece.

The Threepenny Opera: Berliner Ensemble (Perth Festival)

Robert Wilson's grim, ghoulish production is Weill and Brecht's Weimar Germany like you've never seen it before.

Robert Wilson's Theatrical Universe

On making silent operas and how Einstein on the Beach was supposed to be about Hitler.

Laurie Anderson heads to Perth to defy the 'Art Police'

The grande dame of New York's avant garde has met her match composing for Kronos Quartet, but she has many strings to her bow.

TURA New Music turns 25

Tos Mahoney, director of the dynamic Perth new music organisation, on the state of new music in WA today.

Australian baritone Duncan Rock wins £10,000 Chilcott prize

The Perth-born singer played a raunchy, bisexual Don Giovanni in London.

Room for one more: Perth Symphony Orchestra

AHG motoring group the driving force behind Australia’s newest professional orchestra.

Are Australian orchestras ignoring homegrown conductors?

Delving into the "maestro myth": why are our best conductors overlooked?

Asher Fisch to take up WASO baton

The incoming chief says he wants to give Perth's state orchestra its own distinct sound.

Dance revolution: The Music of Philip Glass

Live review: Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Perth Festival
Heath Ledger Theatre, February 25

Live review: The Escher Quartet at Perth Festival

More Brahms with your Webern, sir?

Live review: Elektra – WA Opera

Perth Festival, February 11

Elektra – West Australian Opera

A major highlight of the 2012 Perth Festival was a new production of Richard Strauss's Elektra, presented by ThinIce and WA Opera. Director Matthew Lutton's production features powerhouse Danish soprano Eva Johansson, renowned as the most electrifying Elektra singing the role today.

West Australian Opera appoints new artistic director

New Yorker Joseph Colaneri takes up the baton for Madama Butterfly in July.

A "roller-coaster ride" complete with matricide

Strauss’s Elektra is the Perth Festival’s most bloodthirsty offering.

Then and now: orchestral players look back on childhood

Members of the West Australia Symphony Orchestra revisit their "wonder years" in this charming series of photographs documenting formative early experiences with their instrument... And where it's led them as professional musicians today. Visit for more information on the orchestra's 2012 season.

Perth’s Baroque milieu a mad scene to be part of

Festival Baroque Australia showcases local and national talent in a rare Handel opera.

SERAPHIM: Arias (Sara Macliver; Various choirs and orchestras)

A ten-year portrait of one of Australia's favourite sopranos, from Baroque to Bernstein.

Art Gallery of WA mines rich vein of MoMA treasures

Gallery partnership brings New York's prized Picassos and Warhols to art lovers in Perth.

The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven: Johannes Luebbers Dectet

Perth's Johannes Luebbers cooks up a treat, straddling the jazz-classical divide.

Vienna Phil announces return to Australia

The programme of the year's most anticipated orchestral event has been revealed, but will Vienna surpass Berlin?

On the road with Paul Dyer

Paul Dyer talks to Limelight about his upcoming debut with WASO and the art of performing Baroque repertoire with a modern orchestra.
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