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Anna Karenina

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Tolstoy’s most fascinating character, Anna Karenina clearly fascinates David McAllister who has recently announced his 20th and final season as…

Violins of the ACO with Richard Tognetti

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Every year is a year of anniversaries, not least 2020 with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage along the…

See You at the Toxteth

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The Toxteth is a hotel on Glebe Point Road in Sydney. Cliff Hardy probably called it a pub. Hardy was…

Vogue Jan 1965 cover

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A kangaroo on the beach with a model was the unsubtle cover of Vogue in December 1965. It will be…

David McVicar’s production of The Marriage of Figaro

14 September 2019 9:00 am

It was hailed as a masterpiece at its premiere in Vienna in 1786; it still is a masterpiece. The Marriage…

Cast members Jonny Carr and Geraldine Hakewell

7 September 2019 9:00 am

John Howard and Tom Stoppard have something quite wonderful and rare in common: they are both members of the Order…

Culture Buff

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are just a few weeks left to catch the Jeffrey Smart exhibition  Constructed World  at the Art Gallery of…

Culture Buff

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A new book reminds us, perhaps unintentionally, that not everything that has mattered in the performing arts started with the…

Maxine Peake

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We live in a time of paradoxes. The NSW Parliament has just legislated for terminations to be performed from 22…

Sylvia in Houston

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Houston is a prosperous Texan city, the hub of the US oil and gas industries. And home to the city’s…

Dominic Smith

3 August 2019 9:00 am

He’s an Australian-born international best-selling author. Dominic Smith was born in Brisbane in 1971 to an Australian mother and an…

King’s College choristers at ease

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It was a beautiful autumn morning when we went up to Cambridge for a meeting at King’s College. Christopher Hogwood…

Paul Dyer conducting the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Only a person who is more or less my age can have a direct recollection of the 1953 coronation of…

Shakespeare in Love

13 July 2019 9:00 am

For centuries plays have been derived from novels, myths and legends but only recently have we become used to plays…

Margaret Olley Pomegranates in a basket 1967

6 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s a barely forgivable cliche to call them ‘the odd couple’; but Margaret Olley (1923-2011) and Ben Quilty (b. 1973)…

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) Self portrait in the studio 1976

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Painters and opera go together. Connected by passion and big gestures, it is not surprising that composers are drawn to…

Detail from the cover of WINX

22 June 2019 9:00 am

It is possibly lying on a Royal bedside table. Certainly we know that a week or so ago, a copy…

On the Beach at Trouville 1870. Bequest of Michel Monet 1966

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A magnificent Empire-style townhouse near the Bois de Boulogne contains a remarkable collection of paintings. On rue Louis Boilly, the…

Alyona Kovalyova and Jacopo Tissi in Diamonds Act 3 of Jewels

8 June 2019 8:00 am

The name is a byword for exacting standards and grand tradition. The Bolshoi Ballet, at the peak of the ballet…

Courtesy Opera Australia. Credit: Georges Anton

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1 June 2019 9:00 am

Where would we be without the Tudors? Certainly our shelves, stages and screens would seem empty without their era which…

Captain James Cook. Wedgwood and Bentley, c.1779

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Three speakers: one is Director of The Royal Collection comprising over a million objects in 13 royal residences across the…

John Beard Edmund (+Bill)

18 May 2019 9:00 am

I don’t imagine the newest member of the Royal Family was named after the Archibald Prize but it was a…

Broadway production of Come From Away

11 May 2019 9:00 am

We all remember where we were when first hearing of 9/11. Some people were on trans-Atlantic flights. When the US…

Royal portraits at Bendigo

4 May 2019 9:00 am

One of our favourite places in London is in St Martin’s Place, just around the corner from Trafalgar Square and…

[Photo: Marco Borggreve]

Stanislav Kochanovsky

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The Melbourne Symphony was really on to something in 2017 when it engaged a young Russian conductor for a Rachmaninov…