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Opera Australia: Aida

Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
With its towering digital screens offering sensory and sometimes dramatic overload, Davide Livermore’s 2018 production got a mixed reaction from the critics. Limelight’s Jo Litson found some of it “thrilling”, especially the choreography, but other aspects were felt to be “verging on naff”. There is plenty of splendour, however, and some…
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Michael Cassel Group: Hamilton

Sydney Lyric Theatre 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary show about America’s “forgotten” Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, ignited a revolution in the American musical. With its exciting, ethnically diverse cast, the Australian production is helping change the lie of the land in theatre here as well. The rapped-and-sung-through show, which blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway…

Riverside Theatres: Narcifixtion

Riverside Theatres Parramatta
Led by powerful performers Anton and Brianna Kell, Narcifixtion is a dark and humorous work about narcissism. This pertinent, highly detailed and expansive contemporary dance duet examines identity in the digital age. Inspired by narcissistic behaviour epidemically prevalent across the screen space, Narcifixtion explores physical characters, who are in a…
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Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Sydney Town Hall Sydney
Joshua Batty joined the Sydney Symphony as Principal Flute in 2019 and will be making his concerto debut with Carl Nielsen’s 1926 Flute Concerto this month, under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch (who replaces Donald Runnicles on the program). Nielsen wrote the work after he was impressed by the sound…

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Schubert’s Quintet

Llewellyn Hall Canberra
A brilliant convergence of grandeur and intimacy. Awe and wonder. These are not uncommon responses to the works of Schubert and Beethoven, but their string quintets never fail to elicit such a reaction. We find grandeur in both - monumental works of chamber music and perennial favourites of audiences -…

Fourth Wall Theatre Company: Slut & What is the Matter with Mary Jane?

St Martins Theatre 44 St Martins Lane, South Yarra
In light of recent events you would be excused for thinking Slut by Patricia Cornelius is a recently penned work. Highlighting the way women are perceived and mistreated in society, particularly around the issues of early sexualisation, objectification, peer pressure and domestic violence, this play is sadly as relevant today as…

Glen Street Theatre: The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

Glen Street Theatre Belrose
Appleton is a small country town being forced into the present with a recent influx of wealthy city slickers, tree changers and refugees. Simmering tensions come to a head when new GP Penny Anderson discovers that the famous Appleton Potato Race awards $1000 prize money to men, and a measly…

Sydney Theatre Company: Home, I’m Darling

Sydney Opera House Sydney
Judy is a picture-perfect ‘50s housewife. She spends her days making the perfect devilled eggs, mixing the perfect Screwdrivers and being the perfect homemaker to her husband Johnny. They’re totally happy with their pastel-hued life. The only problem is, it’s not the 1950s, it’s now, and Judy and Johnny’s dream…

Ensemble Theatre: Honour

Ensemble Theatre Sydney
Honor (Lucy Bell, MARJORIE PRIME) and George have been married for 32 years, and, as in all good marriages, have made some compromises along the way. While George forged his career as a writer, Honor left her promising literary career of her own and dived into motherhood - with no…

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Dale Bartrop plays Schumann

Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
Two Schumann concertos are at the centre of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s mid-May concerts, soloists and directors swapping places in between. The early evening concert will see Umberto Clerici join the orchestra as soloist for the Cello Concerto – alongside Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony – led by MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop, before Clerici…

Reamus Youth Theatre: Waiting For Lefty

Maitland Repertory Theatre 244 High Street, Maitland
Written in 1935 amid the American Great Depression, Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty captures a meeting of New York taxi drivers ready to strike. The corrupt union head does everything he can to discourage a decision to strike, but as they wait for their leader Lefty Costello to arrive, members…

Melbourne Recital Centre: The Persephone Project

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
My Friend the Chocolate Cake string queens Helen Mountfort and Hope Csutoros have been captivating audiences for decades with their joyous onstage partnership. This May, the duo team up with superb pianist Phillipa Safey to launch The Persephone Project, an album of luscious new original instrumental music. For two very special…