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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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Fiona Campbell: “Love + Loss”

  ” A CD that displays my music making abilities and music that is rare” is how mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell describes her latest project, Love + Loss, a debut solo recording of three cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Joseph Haydn and George Frideric Handel. It’s an achievement of which she is justifiably proud. Her performance earned high praise from…
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Time to start thinking about the Sydney Eisteddfod

  Time again to start thinking about the Sydney Eisteddfod, an annual festival of music competition stretched over two months from June to August. Whether you’re an opera singer or a tap dancer; an orator, rock ensemble or violinist, there are categories for a wide variety of talent. There are events for classical and contemporary piano, instrumental, dance and…
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Operation Opera

Does opera have to develop a two tier format to attract new audiences whilst continuing to present the art form in its purest sense to traditional opera lovers? The current productions of The Marriage of Figaro and The (abbreviated) Magic Flute have generated some very strong opinions and audience reactions. Opera Australia CEO Adrian Collette talks to…
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Flying with instruments

Qantas announces its new instrument friendly travel plan: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/qantas-finally-in-tune-with-frustrated-musicians-on-luggage-issue/story-e6frg8n6-1226284405463
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Satsuki Odamura on the koto

  Don’t look now but there could just be a vibrant new genre of music unfolding. One that makes a statement about Australia’s standing in the world – both musically and geographically. At one level it is another concert in Sydney’s smorgasbord of events. But step back and look at the bigger picture – it is music that embodies antipodean…
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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…

Reviews from the weekend – Don Giovanni and Evgeny Kissin

Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opened in Sydney on Saturday night: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/opera/by-cad-this-don-has-really-got-what-it-takes-20110925-1krlu.html Evgeny Kissin with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenzy:  http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/princely-splendour-of-a-master-of-sound-and-articulation-20110923-1kpa1.html