Donald McDonald

Siegfried and The Rhinemaidens Photo: Jeff Busby

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30 July 2016 9:00 am

Although it was premiered in Bayreuth in 1876, it was another 122 years before The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner…

Archibald Prize finalist Lucy Culliton, Lucy and fans  oil on canvas, 170.5 x 170 cm, (c) the artist

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23 July 2016 9:00 am

‘A portrait is a painting with something wrong about the mouth’ is a quotation attributed to John Singer Sargent, painter…

Adam Jacobs (NY)

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16 July 2016 9:00 am

To my parents in the 1930s, the name Disney meant Mickey Mouse. Now the name is associated not only with…

Anna Dowsley & Nicole Car

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9 July 2016 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago Opera Australia celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a gala concert at the Opera House. Surprisingly…

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Swan Lake

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2 July 2016 9:00 am

Amid predictable demands for increased funding for the arts, The Australian Ballet is setting off on its 25th ( yes,…

Jonathan Church: Photo by James Green

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25 June 2016 9:00 am

To mis-quote Lady Bracknell: losing an artistic director after just 9 months ‘smacks of carelessness’. That is exactly what has…

Piers Lane

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18 June 2016 9:00 am

David Speers was irritated when Bronwyn Bishop spoke about the Sydney International Piano Competition when he wanted her to dish…

Conductor Antony Walker

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11 June 2016 9:00 am

He was the most successful and influential composer of the classical period; Josef Haydn (1732-1809) wrote 108 symphonies, 68 string…

Barry Humphries

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4 June 2016 9:00 am

A failed political experiment that began nearly 100 years ago, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), still holds considerable fascination for many…

Eoin Andersen

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

Zurich’s loss was Melbourne’s gain in 2015 when Eoin Andersen became Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Having begun violin…

ROY DE MAISTRE (1894-1968) The Studio Table (1928) - detail

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21 May 2016 9:00 am

It was a big week for art auctions; Sotheby’s grossed $14.2 million over May10 & 11, their best result since…

Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton at the Met 2016

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14 May 2016 9:00 am

Born in France of Sicilian parents, Roberto Alagna has been one of the opera world’s outstanding tenors for nearly 25…

Wednesday Lily and Otto by Myriam Kin-Yee

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7 May 2016 9:00 am

To be celebrating the 200th anniversary this year of the Royal Botanic Gardens is quite astounding. Just 28 years after…

Artist’s impression of proposed new museum at Parramatta

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30 April 2016 9:00 am

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Apollo, the international art magazine, a stablemate of The Spectator…

Helen Garner

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23 April 2016 9:00 am

True crime is the genre of literature based on actual crimes and the real life perpetrators. Initially popularised in the…

Sachin Joab in STC’s Disgraced

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16 April 2016 9:00 am

Our grandmothers told that we shouldn’t discuss politics or religion in polite society. Apparently that was not a lesson learned…

Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models

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9 April 2016 9:00 am

Contemporary dance may not be to everyone’s taste but too many tired, grey performances of Swan Lake will encourage converts.…


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2 April 2016 9:00 am

A glamorous program for the special Brisbane Baroque will transport music lovers straight to a baroque heaven. From April 8…


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26 March 2016 9:00 am

‘The Queen is dead!’ are not words any of us is anxious to hear; they will be followed by the…

Hardy Wilson (1925), Restaurant in Peking, National Library of Australia

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19 March 2016 9:00 am

We were in Canberra to attend the dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Howard Government election; a good opportunity…


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12 March 2016 9:00 am

Asked recently whether I thought Opera on the Harbour was really opera, I replied emphatically that it is. No one…

Nicole Car

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5 March 2016 9:00 am

If you haven’t yet seen Verdi’s Luisa Millar at the Sydney Opera House you’re already too late; no worry, there…

Sir Macfarlane Burnet 1960-61, by William Dargie (1912-2003), oil on composition board, Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Purchased 1999

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27 February 2016 9:00 am

He was named the first Australian of the Year in 1960; Sir Macfarlane Burnet OM AK KBE had been awarded…

The Dominique Sirop Collection at NGV

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20 February 2016 9:00 am

Conde Nast was the publisher of Vogue Australia in 1965. That was the year I started with Vogue but, much…

Maurice Steger

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13 February 2016 9:00 am

We played them in the band at primary school but it was several decades before we appreciated the potential of…