Donald McDonald

The James Plays

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6 February 2016 9:00 am

It may well be the most stimulating theatre presentation of the year and it is just what the most prestigious…

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30 January 2016 9:00 am

If your backyard is good enough to have been considered for inclusion in the Open Garden Scheme then I’m sorry…

Album of Opera Characters from the Court Theatrical Bureau (Shengpingshu lianpu), between 1851 and 1874 
National Library of China

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23 January 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be… in Canberra. Parliament isn’t sitting, there’s decent accommodation at reasonable rates; best…

Ryan Corr

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16 January 2016 9:00 am

An unlikely location for a theatre; the large pre-fab hall, in which I sat for my final exams at UNSW,…

The Pearl Fishers

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9 January 2016 9:00 am

Ceylon was the exotic setting for the opera The Pearl Fishers. It premiered in Paris in 1863; its composer Georges…

Jos van Immerseel

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2 January 2016 9:00 am

It may be the best thing to come out of Belgium after chocolates. Or even the only good thing after…

SIR HENRY RAEBURN (Scotland, 1756-1823)
Reverend Robert Walker skating on Duddington Loch c1795. Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh

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12 December 2015 9:00 am

Time for a quick glance over my shoulder at the passing year. Culturally it was busy enough but with little…

Maggie Diaz (b. 1925), Beach Father and Son,
St. Kilda, Melbourne c. 1965, nla.obj-152776443

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5 December 2015 9:00 am

We are now officially in summer and the beach season. The importance of the beach in our national self-image the…

Ed Lyon

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28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution, one of the most popular operas in Paris was Richard Coeur-de-Lion.…

Geoffrey Rush as Lear. Photo credit James Green.

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21 November 2015 9:00 am

The first performance of King Lear took place in 1606 barely three years after James IV of Scotland had inherited…

Andreas Scholl & Brandenburg Sydney recording featured in new BOND film, Spectre

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14 November 2015 9:00 am

James Bond as played by Daniel Craig in the new movie Spectre might have been surprised to find himself sharing…

The Marriage of Figaro

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7 November 2015 9:00 am

Melbourne opera-goers are in for a surprise: a production of a masterpiece, set in an appropriate period with naturalistic sets…

Half Gate by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee & Caitlin Roseby. Photo - Garth Carr

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31 October 2015 9:00 am

Mark Twain famously said ‘Golf is a good walk … ruined’. Bondi locals possibly think that Sculpture by the Sea…

Jacqueline McKenzie (James Green)

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24 October 2015 9:00 am

Edward Albee posed the question in 1962: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ The answer, it seems, is no one. There’s…

Kate Winslet

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17 October 2015 9:00 am

A first novel, written in a ‘gothic’ style while the author was undertaking a creative writing course, published in 2000…

Botticelli The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child (“The Wemyss Madonna”), c1485 (detail)

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10 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s a fairly assertive title: The Greats -Masterpieces of the National Galleries of Scotland. The assertiveness is justified; the galleries…

Paul Dyer

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3 October 2015 9:00 am

1989 saw the establishment by Paul Dyer of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with the assistance of Bruce Applebaum as General…

Jennifer Byrne

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26 September 2015 9:00 am

The popularity of Writers’ Festivals is a growing cultural phenomenon matched by the boom in book groups. Now, book groups…

Peter Boggs Glimpse from the Villa  (Rome)

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19 September 2015 9:00 am

He may not be a household name, yet, but Peter Boggs is one of our outstanding painters. His works hang…

Richard Tognetti

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12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Richard Tognetti as its Artistic Director. That…

The Sleeping Beauty: The Australian Ballet

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5 September 2015 9:00 am

It is not possible to imagine classical ballet without the music of Tchaikovsky. The scores of his three full length…

Vadim Gluzman

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29 August 2015 9:00 am

The oldest professional orchestra in Australia with the longest continuous history, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will next year celebrate its…

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in The Present

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22 August 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s opening by the Sydney Theatre Company of The Present was a high water mark in its history. Adapted…

Edvard Grieg and Gerard Willems

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15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I Love a Piano’ sang Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, courtesy of Irving Berlin, in Easter Parade. So do most…

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8 August 2015 9:00 am

It was at a Ball at the Trocadero in August 1955, sixty years ago this month, that I first heard…