Sydney’s Easter Bachfest
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Sydney’s Easter Bachfest

In a rare collision of programming choices, Sydney choral music fans will be treated to no less than three of J S Bach’s brilliant choral works this Easter. Kicking off the monumental triumvirate on Sunday April 2, the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence performs the Mass in B minor, BWV 232. Written for 5-part chorus with…

Jonathan Abernethy Wins 2014 MOST Opera Awards
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Jonathan Abernethy Wins 2014 MOST Opera Awards

New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernethy is the Opera Awards winner for 2014, as announced by Roland Gridiger, CEO of Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. Jonathan was selected by an eminent judging panel that included Dr Di Bresciani, Conal Coad, Rachelle Durkin and Gregory Hocking. Jonathan receives the Youth Music Foundation of Australia (YMFA) Award of $30,000, the…

Wishing On A Star – Inside Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program
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Wishing On A Star – Inside Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program

A few informal conversations with emerging young professionals revealed to me that one of the most important aspects of their career path was ‘on-the-job’ experience whilst in the workforce. Be it corporate life, a trade or medicine, ‘hands-on’ professional training is critical. But what of the performing arts -in particular, opera? How is a singer…