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accompanists hold the keys

Accompanists are the unobtrusive support behind the soloist. They are able to lead as well as to follow and perform music that is as demanding as that of a soloist. Yet, they rarely recieve the same adulation and recogntion. Tom Service of The Guardian writes: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/tomserviceblog/2012/mar/04/accompanists-unsung-heroes-music
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Sneek peek: opera on the harbour

More of what to expect from Handa Opera on the Harbour’s La Traviata as ravishing sopranos Emma Matthews and Rachelle Durkin, sharing the role of Violetta show off their costumes and we check out the venue:    
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Opera on Sydney harbour

These artist’s impressions of the floating stage for La Traviata against the glorioue setting of Sydney Harbour look absolutely spectacular!  From 24th March to 15th April 2012. Tickets at: http://www.operaonsydneyharbour.com.au/tickets.html      
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2012 Art Music Awards nominees

It’s awards time again and the 2012 Art Music Award winners will be announced at the Sydney Opera House on Amongst the nominees are some of the leading lights of Australian art music – Brett Dean, Elliot Gyger, Paul Stanhope, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Clare Maclean, as well as comparative newcomers Andrea Keller, Peter Knight…
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Review roundup

A collection of the weekend’s reviews: Stephen Hough’s Canberra concert: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/what-a-little-bit-of-moonlight-can-do/story-e6frg8n6-1226156246934 Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins in Sydney: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/domingos-wondrous-voice-rises-above-arena/story-fn9d2mxu-1226156233592 http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/aptly-seduction-set-the-tenor-for-a-night-of-vocal-splendour-20111002-1l3qr.html The Vienna Philharmonic in Perth: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/old-school-orchestra-lives-up-to-its-conservative-traditions/story-fn9d2mxu-1226156272290

Macheath leaves town as Don Giovanni comes to stay

As one lothario’s time in Sydney comes to an end, another moves in. The Sydney Theatre company’s production of the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera closed over the weekend as Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opened. In many ways the two men, Macheath and Don Giovanni are similar. Murderers, rapists and, unscrupulous seducers whose evil is made…