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Melbourne festival

You’re reading Limelight Magazine’s complete coverage of…

Melbourne festival

WHEN

October 2 – 20

WHERE

Melbourne

PROGRAM

July 16, 2019

TICKETS

July 16, 2019

Contact

(03) 9662 4242

Essential Reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL AND WHITE NIGHT TO MERGE

The two Melbourne festivals will become one in 2020.

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY: HIGH ON MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

As the Festival AD finds himself falling in love again, ticket sales are on track to break previous records.

MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 PROGRAM

Jonathan Holloway’s line-up includes 16th-century polyphony, virtual reality crossed with live performance, a dance-opera, and toy plastic pianos.

2018 Reviews

★★★★½
LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO

Physical choreography adds another emotional layer to this exquisite Renaissance choral masterwork

★★★★½  A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE

An exhilarating series of short works that put ballet in a new light.

★★★★☆ ONE INFINITY

A kinetic and sonic meditation from Chinese and Australian collaborators.

★★★★☆ LAYLA AND MAJNUN

A sumptuous fusion of genres, cultures and art forms.

★★★★☆ WATT

Leading Beckett performer Barry McGovern charms with a masterful, beguiling performance.

★★★☆☆ FLIGHT

Mininature dioramas make this a fascinating visual experience.

★★★★☆ BUDDHA PASSION

Tan Dun’s vivid and approachable epic receives a passionate Australian premiere.

2018 News & Features

THE TEARS OF SAINT PETER

Orlando di Lasso’s final work, written days before the composer’s death, captures the look Jesus gave Saint Peter at his betrayal. Director Peter Sellars and conductor Jenny Wong tell us about a bold staging for the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

TAN DUN: MY RELIGION IS MUSIC

The Chinese composer talks about Bach and the Buddha ahead of the Australian premiere of his new large-scale choral work, Buddha Passion.

LAYLA AND MAJNUN: A CLASSIC EASTERN TALE OF DOOMED LOVERS

Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group perform Azerbaijani dance-opera at the Melbourne Festival.

Highlights from previous years

★★★★½ GLORIES OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE

American soprano Brenda Rae stuns in her Australian debut.

★★★★★ 1984

Masterfully constructed and chillingly frank, this adaptation of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece is a coup.

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY: A FESTIVAL CAN GIVE A DEGREE OF HOPE

The Melbourne Festival’s AD explains that audiences in the city, and in Australia, inspire him to go further

Melbourne Festival Archive

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