Ian Dickson

Athalia (Pinchgut Opera) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
25 June 2018

Following the end of the 1733 London opera season, George Frideric Handel headed to Oxford with his first two oratorios, Esther and Deborah and the newly composed Ath More

The Children (Sydney Theatre Company/Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★

Ian Dickson
04 April 2018

After the vast proportions of her 2013 play, Chimerica (seen here in 2017) – a multi-scene, huge-cast exploration of American–Chinese relations – Lucy Kirkwood’s The C More

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★

Ian Dickson
28 March 2018

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui was the final play written in the extraordinarily prolific period of Bertolt Brecht’s Scandinavian exile (1939–41), a period that, among other More

Ian Dickson reviews 'Close to the Flame: The life of Stuart Challender' by Richard Davis

Ian Dickson
22 February 2018

Richard Davis is admirably determined that major Australian musical artists whose careers were attenuated by illness should not fade into oblivion ...


Top Girls (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★

Ian Dickson
19 February 2018

As Van Badham points out in her program essay for the new Sydney Theatre Company production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, when the play was first performed in 1982, Maggie Tha More

Three Sisters (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★

Ian Dickson
13 November 2017

After decades of English language Chekhov productions following in the footsteps of Stanislavsky and Komisarjevsky in which historically accurately costumed actors wandered around a stage More

Norma (Metropolitan Opera) ★★

Ian Dickson
16 October 2017

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma elicits the ultimate rose-tinted nostalgia in ageing opera aficionados. Operagoers of my generation wax lyrical about Joan Sutherland and Montserrat Cab More

Ian Dickson reviews 'Robert Lowell: Setting the river on fire: A study of genius, mania and character' by Kay Redfield Jamison

Ian Dickson
30 August 2017

For no one were Dryden’s partitions thinner than for Robert Lowell, as Kay Redfield Jamison’s exploration of the links between his work and the manic depressive illness which dogged hi More

Anastasia (Royal Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
28 October 2016

Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia is one of several full-length dramas he created on his return to the Royal Ballet in 1971, after directing the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Be More

2016 Arts Highlights of the Year

John Allison et al.
26 October 2016

To highlight Australian Book Review’s arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year’s memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and art exhibitions, we invited a gr More

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