Unlocking the Past: Stories from my Mother’s Diary – book review by Jeffrey Cohen

This book, for it is a little larger than a monograph, tells the story of Shira’s mum and her journey in Jerusalem (and getting there and back) as she pursues her PhD at the Hebrew University. Read more

Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland): a movie review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

May 21, 2018 by  

Sam Garlanski’s film, “Bye Bye Germany“  based on Michel Bergmann’s autobiographical novel is an entertaining addition to Holocaust stories, though this one is set in 1946 Frankfurt. Read more

An evening of Mozart: a music review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

May 13, 2018 by  

 

The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and the Melbourne University Choral Society presented an all-Mozart program at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Read more

Symphony of Seduction: A book review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 13, 2018 by  

Celebrity love affairs have always attracted public interest, especially when the participants are in the creative arts. It is in this light that we look for pre and post bed (or elsewhere) techniques that might be interpreted as extensions of the artistic pursuit. Read more

Breath: a film review by Ben Apfelbaum

May 6, 2018 by  

Simon Baker’s  much-anticipated debut feature BREATH held its Sydney premiere recently at Randwick Ritz. Read more

Australian World Orchestra is among the best: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 3, 2018 by  

The choice of two major symphonies by Brahms and Tchaikovsky gave the Australian World Orchestra the chance to shine at the Sydney Opera House last night. And shine it did. Read more

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

April 30, 2018 by  

The most British thing since the last Lily James Second World War drama, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (hereafter mercifully referred to as ‘Guernsey’) is, thankfully, a great deal better. Read more

A unique concert opportunity

April 20, 2018 by  

Although the now celebrated Australian World Orchestra is scheduled to perform early in May, it is not a symphony orchestra that anybody has ever heard before or will ever hear again…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

I Feel Pretty: a movie review by Hila Tsor

April 19, 2018 by  

We’ve all had it drilled into us that beauty is within, and that you should be confident in your own skin. These cliches lay at the heart of the romantic comedy film ‘I Feel Pretty’ directed by Abbey Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Read more

Lesser known works from two great composers: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

April 12, 2018 by  

If you want a Beethoven mass you’ve only got two choices: the more secularly accessible 1812 Mass in C major, Op.86 or the longer, holier and meatier 1824 Missa Solemnis which the SSO last presented in 2015. Read more

Thou Shalt Innovate: a book review by Elana Bowman

April 3, 2018 by  

It has been debated and argued that Jews are G-d’s chosen people for two reasons. One is that they honour G-d and the other is Tikkun Olam, an obligation, a duty to help heal or repair the world. Read more

La Bohème: Puccini’s masterpiece of love and loss transfers superbly to Sydney Harbour – reviewed by Victor Grynberg.

March 26, 2018 by  

This is the sixth opera  since Opera Australia commenced their Operas on the Harbour in 2012 with Carmen repeated last year. Read more

The Other Side of Hope: a movie review by Hila Tsor

March 26, 2018 by  

For years we’ve been hearing about the conflict in Syria on the news. Read more

Love, Simon…a movie review by Tayla Rosen

March 25, 2018 by  

An inspiring story of love and honesty takes viewers on a journey through a more light-hearted coming out story than previous films of its kind. Read more

The Death of Stalin: a movie review by Tayla Rosen

March 25, 2018 by  

From director Armando Iannucci comes this comedy of cruelty…an avant-garde comic. Read more

The lion never got out of its cage: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 25, 2018 by  

The Sydney Opera House organ recital is something like an annual pilgrimage for me. Read more

A thoroughly good weepfest: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 22, 2018 by  

If you wanted to feel magnificently melancholic, Sydney’s Recital Hall was the place to be last night. Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra to present ‘Death and the Maiden” a title borrowed from Schubert’s Quartet in D minor arranged for string orchestra  – which was the final work on the program. Read more

Magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto lives and dies a great “Don Quichotte”: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 21, 2018 by  

After much anticipation, and a non-appearance on opening night due to indisposition, Sydney finally saw the great Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role for which, world-wide he has appeared  and received rave reviews about. Read more

La Boheme ready to launch on Sydney Harbour

March 20, 2018 by  

The countdown to one of the world’s greatest outdoor opera spectaculars has begun – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Read more

An excitingly unexpected concert: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 15, 2018 by  

Last night’s APT Master Series concert at the Sydney Opera House dispensed with a curtain raiser and jumped straight into the drawcard: Nelson Freire playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major (Emperor) with Donald Runnicles conducting the SSO. Read more

On Borrowed Time: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

March 9, 2018 by  

Morry Schwartz’s Black Inc recently published On Borrowed Time, the latest work by Robert Manne, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Read more

La Superba: Nicole Car’s triumph in La Traviata..a review by Victor Grynberg

March 2, 2018 by  

Since the all -conquering Nellie Melba, Australia  has had an enviable record of producing world-class sopranos for over 100 years. Read more

Bollard City

March 2, 2018 by  

Bollard City, a solo exhibition by Georgian-born artist, Nina Sanadze, opens on Saturday 17 March at Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, and explores how bollards have become the new icons of our time.  Read more

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 28, 2018 by  

It takes a classy actress to play a Hollywood legend.  In this biopic, Annette Bening throws herself into the role of fifties movie star Gloria Grahame.

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Kosky’s genius brings hilarity to an opera farce: The Nose – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 25, 2018 by  

 

Based on a novel by Gogol, Shostakovich’s opera The Nose is as ridiculous a story as ever seen in opera. Read more

The Librarian of Auschwitz – a book review by Elena Bowman

February 23, 2018 by  

“Dita caressed the books. They were broken and scratched, worn with reddish-brown patches of mildew; some were mutilated. But without them, the wisdom of centuries of civilisation might be lost – geography, literature, mathematics, history, language. They were precious. She would protect them with her life.” Read more

Game Night: a movie review by Tayla Rosen

February 21, 2018 by  

Having obvious similarities to films such as ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ (2005), ‘Killers’ (2010) and ‘Date Night’ (2010), moviegoers can see a common theme evidently growing in popularity in Hollywood.  Read more

A contemporary take in music on old Yiddish

February 18, 2018 by  

Taking old Yiddish drinking songs, collaborating them with 60’s jazz, 70’s funk and good old big band sounds to create a dance mash up, is what YID! is all about. This unique recipe for success takes you through a whirlwind of cheerful, edgy, wild and vibrantly upbeat tunes that’s sure to get you on your feet. Read more

Rinat and company star in dazzling Carmen – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 13, 2018 by  

It was a lot more than Israeli Carmen superstar Rinat Shaham and the glorious music of Georges Bizet that prompted the audience to rise as one for a rapturous standing ovation at the premiere last Saturday night. Read more

La Traviata returns to the Opera House

February 7, 2018 by  

Award-winning Australian soprano, Nicole Car, will make a triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House this summer to make her debut in the title role of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s iconic La Traviata. Read more

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