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Don Quichotte opera review (Sydney Opera House)

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Don Quichotte, the last surviving operatic treatment of the canonical Spanish work of literature, debuted at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1926, 16 years after its Monte Carlo premiere. It was performed nine times and, near a century later, never since. The reviews were barbarian. One in particular, by Lawrence Gilman in the Herald Tribune,

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Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018

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The Australia Council has announced the 2018 recipients of Australia Council award which “recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation”. The winners, nominated by industry peers, are: Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature Liza Lim (VIC) – Australia

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La traviata review (Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House)

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The sense of déjà vu as an opera-goer can be overwhelming. The familiar pianissimo strings of the overture (delicately summoned from the Opera Australia Orchestra for this run by Italian maestro Andrea Licata, a traviata expert). The lavish Parisian drawing room as the curtain first opens, an ornate dollhouse set sketched by Michael Yeargan. The

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The Nose opera review (Sydney Opera House).

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“You won’t see that at Evita,” one garishly costumed performer bellowed above the cacophonous The Nose on opening night. Lyndon Terracini, artistic director of Opera Australia who commissioned both this rarely performed Russian romp and a remount of the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit to come later this season, seemed almost stung by the gag at

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Opera singers’ court win after allegations of unpaid ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ performance fees

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Leading opera singers Antoinette Halloran, Jason Wasley, Andrew Jones and Jacqueline Dark have had a win in the NSW District Court after their agent took action against the producers of the inaugural Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival. The festival had cancelled a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Some Enchanted Evening in early 2017, one day into rehearsals. The singers’ agent, Patrick Togher Artists’ Management, this

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Survey finds 14 per cent of theatre workers experience ‘sexual assault’

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

A survey of theatre workers has found 40% to 50% of them had experienced sexual harassment including “unwanted familiarity, leering and unpleasant jokes”, 14% said they had been sexually assaulted, 11% had been the victims of physical assault and 10% had been stalked by a co-worker.  The report also found 9% had experienced indecent exposure. The report was commissioned by

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How much longer will it be before our arts companies are no longer run by artists?

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The acclaimed lighting designer Nick Schlieper delivered the 2017 Philip Parsons Lecture this week in Sydney at Belvoir Theatre. His address makes for sobering reading about the state of our state theatre and opera companies. Schlieper describes how an increasing reliance on box office, corporate sponsorship and philanthropy has led to safer, blander programming and fewer opportunities

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Adelaide Festival reveals 2018 line-up, including Grace Jones & Ivo van Hove

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Adelaide Festival’s joint Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy today announced a 2018 program with several high-profile exclusives, and extended their contract until 2021. The pair were initially contracted for 2017 through 2019, but the Festival Board has opted to keep them onboard for another two festivals, including the 60th anniversary in 2020. This extension of their

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