Turandot: re-working lifts opera to new heights

January 20, 2019 by  

Giacomo Puccini is rightly acclaimed for so many brilliant operas, and for many of the arias and duets in his less successful works. Read more

Green Book – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 20, 2019 by  

There’s invariably a good soundtrack to an American road trip movie and this one – inspired by a true story – is no exception.

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The Kid Who Would Be King – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 15, 2019 by  

As a child, I loved T.H. White’s The Once and Future King even though I was confused by the concept of Merlin the Wizard travelling backwards through time and getting younger as he went forward. Read more

New stars create another success for the world’s favourite opera

January 6, 2019 by  

There will always be carping critics complaining about Opera Australia repeating once more the world’s most played 0pera, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme”…writes Victor Grynberg. Read more

Sydney Festival: One Infinity

December 31, 2018 by  

One Infinity is a hypnotic, cross-cultural music and dance collaboration, in which the audience is also performers. Read more

CAPHARNAÜM: a movie review by Hila Tsor

December 12, 2018 by  

CAPHARNAÜM was a genuine masterpiece, a story that will stick with you months later.  Read more

The New RCA Siddur [Ashkenazi tradition]: a siddur review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

November 23, 2018 by  

Traditionally J-Wire does not review obvious religious publications such as prayer books and bibles. Read more

Sobibor: a movie review by Toni Susskind

November 22, 2018 by  

A highlight of the 2018 Jewish International Film Festival, Sobibor was a box office hit in Russia, taking in over $2 million in ticket sales. Read more

Instant Families: a movie review by Toni Susskind

November 22, 2018 by  

When I first heard about Instant Families staring Mark Wahlberg as Pete and Australian Rose Byrne as Ellie, I thought, here we go again, another formulaic Rom-Com about a gorgeous couple adopting three very cute children. I was pleasantly surprised to see how wrong I was. Read more

Tognetti and the ACO+  blew us away: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 19, 2018 by  

As if the announcement that local hero Richard Tognetti was going to perform Beethoven’s violin concerto was not enough to stir the interest of Sydney music lovers, the announcement that he’d beef up the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 19 regular players with another 30 borrowed from various other orchestras, set their pulses racing. And to top it off, when Tongetti revealed that his hybrid team would throw in Beethoven’s 5th Symphony they came scampering to the box offices. Read more

Widows – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 16, 2018 by  

There are certain conventions we can expect from a heist movie. The assembling of disparate characters, the difficulties of setting up the robbery, the preparations and a twist at the end. A touch of humour to leaven the tension goes down well too.

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Beethoven didn’t have it all his own way: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 8, 2018 by  

As well as playing some fine music, the SSO played a noteworthy tactical game this week and next by staging three different concerts with somewhat challenging musical cakes, but each laced with the delicious icing of Beethoven’s 7thSymphony. Moreover, Beethoven appeared in the second half of each concert to prevent the unconvinced from scuttling away after interval. Read more

Spitfire: a movie review by Elana Bowman

November 7, 2018 by  

Spitfire the documentary is simply beautiful. Read more

Madiba the Musical: a theatre review by Elana Bowman

November 2, 2018 by  

Madiba the Musical celebrates the life of the former South African president’s struggle towards freedom; is interwoven with stories and songs of the Black Africans during the apartheid era. Read more

Beautiful Boy – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 25, 2018 by  

That this film is based on a true story inspired by two memoirs only serves to make it all the more compelling. Read more

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

October 24, 2018 by  

Having read and used Naomi Levy’s writings before I was fascinated to find out the connection between Einstein and Rabbi Levy. Read more

Shir Madness: Song of Songs

October 21, 2018 by  

Song of Songs is the Shir Madness Finale, after a full day of music, it is a ritual to put together a line-up of top performers who perform their chosen song written, performed or recorded by a Jewish person. Read more

Three favourites that couldn’t miss: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 18, 2018 by  

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he SSO programmers meet. Read more

A Star is Born – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 15, 2018 by  

My rock concert going days may be long over but that didn’t stop shivers down my backbone as the first of many riffs came over the speakers.

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Monash University publishes three new books of Jewish interest

October 5, 2018 by  

Australian universities have become prolific publishers of a wide range of academic and other works…writes Geoffrey Zygier. Read more

A home visit from Sarah Grunstein: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 26, 2018 by  

Internationally recognised concert pianist, Sarah Grunstein returned to her Sydney roots for a twilight Opera House recital.
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The House with a Clock in Its Walls – film review by Elana Bowman

September 20, 2018 by  

Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in an old Michigan mansion. Read more

Sarah visits home bringing Beethoven and Bach

September 18, 2018 by  

Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, Sarah Grunstein, returns to the Sydney Opera House by popular demand, to perform two concerts in 2018. Read more

Grosvenor was generous and brilliant: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 18, 2018 by  

If ever there was a piano recital worth queuing up for it was the one given last night by young English pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor. Read more

Second time around

September 5, 2018 by  

The role of Tevye in the upcoming Moriah production of Fiddler on the Roof will be played by David Solomon who performed the role in 1994…which was directed by Roberta Goot in charge of the 2018 Fiddler. Read more

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 31, 2018 by  

Being sent away for being gay? The terrible tragedy is that Cameron does not come out, she is found out at her prom no less by her prom date, and she is sent away post-haste by her very misguided guardians. Read more

A moving feast of Johannes: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 30, 2018 by  

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra devoted its prowess to a whole program by one composer in the APT Master Series concert last night. And while that didn’t cast a wide musical net, it delivered an outstanding experience for those who are partial to Johannes Brahms. Read more

You Were Never Really Here: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 29, 2018 by  

Meet Joe. He carries the darkness within him, so it’s no surprise he is characterised as a slightly overweight, full of scars, totally unkempt, and seems to be falling apart, so he comes across as a lumbering hitman who is tasked with being brutal. Read more

Roman Salyutov’s Melbourne piano recital

August 14, 2018 by  

Russian-German pianist Roman Salyutov visited Melbourne  on his way home from New Zealand where he enthralled music lovers in  a recital…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

The Turk in Italy: an Opera review by Victor Grynberg

August 13, 2018 by  

2 parts Rossini + 1 part Phillips = a sparkling cocktail. Read more

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