Indulgent visuals lose sight of reality

Clever visual jokes and ham acting with so little connection with reality does not make for a satisfying evening at the opera, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA after watching “Il Viaggio a Reims” at the Sydney Opera House.

Arts / Rhonda returns for more

BILLED as Australia's queen of cabaret and musical theatre, Rhonda Burchmore soon returns to Canberra for a cabaret performance of her show, "Broadway Baby"....

Arts / Chinese orchestra makes musical contacts

THE Chinese Traditional Orchestra, part of the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, is heading to Canberra this month. Conducted by the formidable musician...

Come to the cabaret

SINGER Kate Ceberano never dreamt of being a festival director but here it is, 2013, and she’s into her second year of running The...

Review / Encores and ovations for an exceptional opera gala

Music / Canberra Symphony Orchestra International Opera Gala. At Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, July 8. Reviewed by CLINTON WHITE

Review / Orchestra delivers a stellar concert

Music / National Capital Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Weiss. At Llewellyn Hall, April 7. Reviewed by JUDITH CRISPIN

Early music virtuoso for ANU School of Music

THE ANU School of Music continues to staff-up in the area of early music with the news that conductor, harpsichordist, and fortepianist Erin Helyard...

Review / Love goes on a sad and joyous journey

Music / "Love’s Joy, Love’s Sadness", season of song concert 4, Art Song. At Wesley Music Centre, July 1. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Music students protest in song

• ANU music students are protesting the imminent merging of their library with the School of Art library. Both are chockablock with...

Canberra backup for Manhattan Transfer

AN excited phone call to "CityNews" this morning has revealed that Annie Sloane, founder and MC of Canberra band Annie & The Armadillos, has...

Top talent for Stonefest

A NEW year and a new format for Stonefest. This year will see the “freshest and finest Aussie talent” spread across three stages on Saturday,...

Arts / Heard is the word when it comes to Handel

"THE word is heard" – remember that phrase, you read it first here. It’s the catch-cry of Tobias Cole’s ambitious Canberra company Handel in...

Review / Well done to Michael Sollis

music "The Dirty Red Digger" The Griffyn Ensemble –  At Belconnen Arts Centre, Sunday, April 26. Reviewed by Ian McLean

Review / ‘Butterfly’ suffers from a big-theatre staging

Music / “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini. Opera Australia. At Canberra Theatre, until September 8. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE

Webb of success

HERE’S a trivia question – which American songwriter wrote hits for the Fifth Dimension, Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, Linda Ronstadt...

Review / Dedicated salute to Pisendel

Music / Salut! Baroque, "Pisendel and Friends". At Albert Hall, Friday, February 9. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY

Review: Forceful work concludes music festival

“Into the Rose Garden” Concert 25, Canberra International Music Festival Fitters’ workshop May 18. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: Westlake’s rare ‘Glass Soldier’

“The Glass Soldier,” Concert 13, Canberra International Music Festival, conducted by Christopher Latham, at the Fitters Workshop May 14. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: music for a changing climate

IN moving into the capacious Gandel Hall at the NGA, Canberra’s Griffyn Ensemble has signalled what we might expect in the centenary year, forsaking...





How Julia Gillard changed Australian politics

Gillard’s misogyny speech and her time as our first woman prime minister changed the way that politics and sexism were talked about in Australia and highlighted the toxic nature of parliament, writes political scientist BLAIR WILLIAMS. 


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