Salome: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 12, 2019 by  

Once banned. Still shocking. But Salome is bloody and fantastic. Read more

Werther: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 1, 2019 by  

Suicide is painless when Massenet pulls the strings. Read more

A riddle in the middle: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 14, 2019 by  

The first concert in the SSO Masters Series for 2019 (now sponsored by upmarket travel company Abercrombie & Kent) presented significant works by Janacek and Bartok, book-ending the Australian premiere of a piece by Steve Reich that had been co-commissioned by several orchestras, including the SSO. Read more

Eavesdropping on heaven: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 6, 2019 by  

When a concert series combining the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was announced, I had to be there – and so did a lot of other music lovers, judging by its sell-out. Read more

Wozzeck: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 3, 2019 by  

After the glorious melodies of LA BOHEME and TURANDOT Opera Australia’s latest production is Alban Berg’s atonal opera, considered today a modern opera but written almost 100 years ago in 1925. Read more

L-E-V: an experience in dance

January 28, 2019 by  

L-E-V Dance Company, renowned as an innovative leader in the thriving Israeli contemporary dance scene, will appear at Sydney’s Opera House between Jan-31 and Feb-03. Read more

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

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

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

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

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 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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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

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

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

An interview with pianist Roman Salyutov

August 9, 2018 by  

Ron Jontof-Hutter meets Russian-German Pianist Roman Salyutov who will perform in  recital on Sunday at the South Melbourne  Town Hall. Read more

Ben and Gus don’t let you off lightly: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 9, 2018 by  

A program of Britten and Mahler is not for those who want to hum tunes or tap feet, as demonstrated by last night’s APT Master Series SSO concert at the Sydney Opera House. Read more

Osborne at war and peace – a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 7, 2018 by  

Distinguished Scottish pianist, Steven Osborne, unexpectedly interleaved major piano works by Debussy and Prokofiev to present contrasting musical landscapes, not only in composition but playing style as well. Read more

Fiddler returns to Moriah

July 30, 2018 by  

Moriah College, Sydney’s oldest and largest Jewish school, presents the definitive production of the classic Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF from 21 October to 1 November – and with an all-singing, all-dancing cast of more than 150. It’s a Tradition! Read more

Put this one on your Liszt: A CD review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The piano music of Franz Liszt is often seen as either too syrupy or a keyboard version of a wood-chopping event. Read more

Aida…spectacular and phenomenal: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 22, 2018 by  

The reader may think this headline refers to the much-anticipated digital set for this new production of Verdi’s great opera by Opera Australia. Read more

Picturesque, to say the least: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

July 19, 2018 by  

Last night’s Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s APT Master Series concert was all about creating dramatic sound pictures, some clearly subtitled, some borrowed form the Russian Orthodox Church and the rest a challenging kaleidoscope from a contemporary American female composer. Read more

Rigoletto: Tragedy and melody in triumph: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 8, 2018 by  

This 17th of the 37 operas that Verdi wrote, arguably has the best score of all his masterpieces. Read more

The unexpected from Simon Trpčeski: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

Those who have followed the career of Macedonian pianist, Simon Trpčeski, might have expected a program of at least some popular technical showpieces for his solo concert in the Sydney Recital Hall last night. Read more

Singers shine in Lucia di Lammermoor: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 3, 2018 by  

Exquisite singing was the memorable takeout of the re-staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. Read more

Play it again, Avan: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

Avan Yu, winner of the 2012 Sydney Piano Competition, was invited back to play a concert at the Sydney Con last night. Read more

An evening with Sir Andrew Davis, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the MSO

June 25, 2018 by  

The Melbourne Symphony orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis played a memorable concert on Saturday evening…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

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