Only one really. In the case of the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpiece the artist Edgar Degas is the sole focus of the exhibition “Degas: A New Vision” at the National Gallery of Victoria next June. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Opera Australia is selling its multi-million Melbourne headquarters. It was quietly put on the market a few weeks before the release of the federal government’s National Opera Review Discussion Paper, which suggested the sale of the OA’s property holdings in Melbourne and Sydney to ease its financial situation. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
The arts industry looks set to undergo another major overhaul. It might not be as radical and tumultuous as former arts minister George Brandis’ secretive and ill-conceived plan to gut the Australia Council, but the National Opera Review ordered by Brandis in 2014 released its 341-page “Discussion Paper” on Friday and it signals some profound changes for the arts.
Chaired by the highly respected former banker, Helen Nugent, the report is an astoundingly forensic investigation of the four federally funded opera companies in Australia — Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland. Nugent and her three person panel were charged with examining their “artistic vibrancy, engagement with audiences and financial positions”.
Their discussion paper — compiled after public meetings and consulations with arts companies, funding bodies and venue managements — raises dozens of questions about their artistic and financial health. Any way they are answered points to major changes in the country’s opera sector which will impact on the entire performing arts.
Some of the more radical questions it poses include isolating Opera Australia to Sydney, selling off the OA’s valuable inner Sydney real estate, promoting Victorian Opera to Melbourne’s primary opera company, “exiting” Opera Queensland or making it the sole regional touring company in Australia. It also asks if the government should be funding Opera Australia’s increased staging of musicals with commercial producer John Frost. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Australian Ballet artistic director David McAllister today announced the company’s 2016 season saying the company had consulted its “stakeholders” including those who are interested in the arts but do not attend the ballet. “The message we got back time and time again was they wanted to be transformed out of their lives,” he said, hence next year’s theme “The Power to Transform”. Continue ReadingRead More [...]