Come from Away: a musical review by Victor Grynberg

October 28, 2021 by  

It would not be accurate to describe “Come from Away” as simply a musical. Read more

Aida: Tragic love story is operatic triumph – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

June 24, 2021 by  

Re-staged in Sydney for the first time since its amazing success in 2018 this digital backgrounded production of Giuseppe Verdi’s blockbuster reached even greater heights this season. Read more

Clerici was going to swap his bow for a baton: Music review by Fraser Beath McEwing of a phantom concert

June 23, 2021 by  

Covid wiped out tonight’s concert, much to my disappointment. Read more

Big blasts from Beethoven and Brahms: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

In last night’s Sydney Town Hall concert, Brahms was ranked above Beethoven – when the SSO performed Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C majorOp. 56, before intermission, with Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major in prime-time after. Read more

Vox out of the box: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs could hardly have offered a more popular choral work than Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as the centrepiece of their concert in the Sydney Town Hall yesterday. Read more

Lots of luscious Ludwig: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The lure of familiar Beethoven was probably enough to virtually covid-fill the Town Hall last night, but for those with more contemporary tastes, there were a couple of works for their corner too. Read more

Tear drops and wrecking balls: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

April 22, 2021 by  

While most of my reviews cover the SSO Masters Series (the substantial concerts that are sponsored by Abercrombie & Kent) every so often I am tugged by the heartstrings to an SSO Symphony Hour performance supported by Credit Suisse. Read more

Violetta dies, but La Traviata will live forever: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 30, 2021 by  

Two of the most popular operas of all time are Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHEME and Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA. Read more

Incidental music on the way to heaven: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 14, 2021 by  

Although I’ve often heard the full-strength Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the Sydney Opera House, it was nearly always teamed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in some major, combination work. Read more

One of the best: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 26, 2021 by  

Like a rich layer of icing on a cake that may not have been to everybody’s taste, the SSO sent us home last night haunted by Saint-Saens Symphony No.3, the much loved ‘organ symphony’. Read more

A flying start despite Covid: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 11, 2021 by  

“What a privilege it is to make music again” violin soloist Daniel Rohn called to the Covid-thinned Town Hall audience last night before embarking on his stunning Bach encore. Read more

The Merry Widow: an operetta review by Victor Grynberg

January 6, 2021 by  

So there we were in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, about to see our first Opera Australia production since their magnificent production of the early Verdi masterpiece “Attila” had its season dramatically curtailed by the arrival of COVID fears 10 months ago. Read more

What are you doing on Tuesday evening?

December 14, 2020 by  

Tune in at 7.30pm tomorrow night for a free digital concert performed by AWO colleagues and two stellar visual artists. Read more

Happy birthday Ludwig : a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 19, 2020 by  

Working within coronavirus limitations, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is framing its early resuscitation around smaller audiences and multiple performances. This made for a roomy gathering at the Sydney Recital Hall last night. Read more

Opera Australia to return to the Sydney Opera House in January

November 5, 2020 by  

Opera Australia will return to the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage for the first time since the coronavirus shut down its 2020 season in March, today announcing a three-month COVID-safe season that includes two productions never before performed by the Company. Read more

Fraser Beath McEwing reports: What the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has in store for 2021

October 27, 2020 by  

Tossing aside the pandemic and the problem faced by wind players blowing through face masks, the SSO has announced the programs for its 2021 season. Read more

Lie back and listen to Ludwig: a didn’t-happen music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 16, 2020 by  

Instead of arriving at the Sydney Town Hall next Wednesday night to hear the SSO, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, organ, and four soloists perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, I’ll probably be waiting for an Uber-eat paper bag to arrive at home. Read more

Impressions from, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Debussy – and the Sydney Town Hall: a music review from Fraser Beath McEwing

February 27, 2020 by  

The first concert in the SSO Masters Series for 2020 ushered in the beginning of a two-year stint in ye auld and venerated Sydney Town Hall while the Opera House concert hall is up for a rebore. Read more

Faust: McVicar’s devilish take on classic opera…an opera review by Victor Grynberg

February 13, 2020 by  

One of France’s greatest ever composers, Charles Gounod had an immediate hit on his hands when his opera Faust finally premiered in Paris in 1859. Read more

Don Giovanni: singers shine in Mozart masterpiece

January 27, 2020 by  

Don Giovanni is the tale brought to Mozart by his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte when he was looking for a story to follow his great success with The Marriage Of Figaro writes Victor Grynberg. Read more

John Bell’s Havana colours bring extra delight To Carmen: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

January 14, 2020 by  

George Bizet died tragically at only 37 years of age, after 33 mixed-reviewed performances of his Spanish-themed opera Carmen. Read more

La Boheme: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

January 5, 2020 by  

A summertime favourite at the Opera House almost every year, La Boheme received that rare Sydney accolade, an almost total standing ovation after this year’s opening night. Read more

A briefish Mahler fest: Music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

December 5, 2019 by  

If you love Mahler, this was a concert for you. Read more

Peerless playing from Paul Lewis: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 19, 2019 by  

British pianist, Paul Lewis, filled his Sydney Recital Hall program with just two works last night: Schubert’s Sonata in G D894 and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. No bonbons to be seen. Read more

The beauty of sadness: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 24, 2019 by  

While concert programs are usually eclectic, so that everybody gets at least something they like, last night’s SSO offering in the Masters Series was unashamedly emotional from start to finish. And I, for one, loved it, not just for the program but the quality of the performance. Read more

Something completely different: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 3, 2019 by  

Although Geoffrey Lancaster is a world-renowned performer on the fortepiano, it was risky to devote one of the four piano series recitals to a period instrument. Read more

Music from beneath the Bolshevik boot: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 29, 2019 by  

Last night’s Masters Series concert was not for faint-hearted orchestral players, conductors or an audience that wanted orderly, familiar music. Read more

Bright young stars shine In West Side Story: a review by Victor Grynberg

August 22, 2019 by  

If PORGY and BESS is the pre-eminent American Folk Opera, then certainly WEST SIDE STORY is the outstanding American Musical. Read more

Birth of the Cool

August 16, 2019 by  

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL – a documentary featuring the life and career of musical giant and cultural icon Miles Davis, a true visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word, will be screened in a short season. Read more

Kirill Gerstein’s journey through genres: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 6, 2019 by  

Visiting 40-year-old Russian-American pianist, Kirill Gerstein, is at the top of his game. Read more

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