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Adrian Collette back in the frying pan as arts leader

Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Former opera singer, publisher and long time CEO of Opera Australia, Adrian Collette, has been announced the new CEO of the Australia Council, the nation’s peak arts funding body, by the federal Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield. Collette replaces current CEO Mr Tony Grybowski whose term winds up on October 23. For about the last five years, Collette has been

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Neil Pigot Making Art No.7 Podcast: Questions of Value

Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Visual Arts |

Daily Review presents actor Neil Pigot’s series of 60 minute podcasts in which he interviews artists from a range of disciplines about making art. In Episode Seven of Making Art he talks to academic and theatre director Julian Meyrick (co-author of the new book What Matters – Talking Value in Australian Culture) and Mark Williams (author of Falling Through

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Q and A: Conductor Douglas Boyd on musicians, mystery and Mozart

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Internationally renowned conductor Douglas Boyd (Artistic Director of Garsington Opera and Music Director of the Paris Chamber Orchestra) will lead a performance of Mozart’s last three symphonies at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday, September 28 at 7.30pm. We chat to Boyd about collaborating with Australian’s next generation of leading musicians, and his love of

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Nils Frahm Live review ( Sydney Opera House, October 14)

Live, Music, Reviews |

Nils Frahm is a classically trained German pianist whose contemporary classical and ambient records and concerts are produced via an astonishing array of synthesisers, especially Rolands and Moogs, and of course piano. I enjoy experimental music, especially live if it’s good, but at home, if I put anything on that isn’t “song” based (verse, chorus,

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Ear to the Edge of Time theatre review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Sydney is currently presenting a study in feminist theatre in two parts. In two theatres. At Belvoir St, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People, from an all-female creative team, taps into the #MeToo movement through a contemporary rewrite and canny gender swap, turning the whistleblowing protagonist into a target of male

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An Enemy of the People (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

To contemporise a great classic of the stage is one thing. To turn it into a state-of-the-current-nation play is quite another. Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People has always been about power, truth and morality. Which is why indolent directors have long reached for it on the shelf in times of heightened anxiety. But

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Fire Gardens review (Melbourne Festival)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Once again, I’m coming at you LIVE from a shrubbery somewhere in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, which are seeing a lot of after-hours activity this week. In fact, if there’s a hub at this years festival it’s here, where Lexicon now sits cheek-by-jowl with this: Fire Gardens, from Compagnie Carabosse, a French group who’ve been

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