Donald McDonald

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…

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.…