Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

Nina Stemme Returns (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)

ABR Arts 06 November 2019
Nina Stemme Returns (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)
Three years ago, almost to the day, the great Swedish soprano Nina Stemme made her Australian début – in Hobart, a little unexpectedly. Joining her was Stuart Skelton, with whom she had just performed in Mariusz Treliński’s production of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera – a sombre, martial, digital creation that divided critics and audiences alike (‘overdetermined darkness an ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'Ransom' by David Malouf

May 2009, no. 311 01 May 2009
Peter Rose reviews 'Ransom' by David Malouf
In David Malouf’s second and perhaps most celebrated novel, An Imaginary Life (1978), of which this new novella is so reminiscent, the Roman poet Ovid is exiled to a primitive village named Tomis. Ovid, ‘called Naso because of the nose’, has been banished due to his unspoken affronts. In Tomis, Ovid, doomed and apart, senses that he must acquire in simplicity a new kind of wisdom: Must it ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'The Henson Case' by David Marr

November 2008, no. 306 01 November 2008
Peter Rose reviews 'The Henson Case' by David Marr
Panic, David Marr has stated since the publication of this book, is what he writes about: why people panic, what they panic about, and how they express it. Clearly, with his investigative skills and his access to different worlds, Marr was the ideal person to examine the so-called Henson affair. The story itself is by now depressingly familiar, but few if any saw it coming. Bill Henson, a Melbour ... (read more)

Andrea Chénier (Opera Australia)

ABR Arts 19 August 2019
Andrea Chénier (Opera Australia)
A few weeks after that memorable Peter Grimes from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne audiences were treated to another concert version of an opera, this time a very different and much less cerebral work: Umberto Giordano’s sole enduring success, Andrea Chénier (if we discount the tilting Fedora, occasionally mounted for a famous soprano à la Callas or Freni). Giordano’s fo ... (read more)

Nicole Car, Étienne Dupuis and Jayson Gillham (Melbourne Recital Centre)

ABR Arts 12 August 2019
Nicole Car, Étienne Dupuis and Jayson Gillham (Melbourne Recital Centre)
Melburnians haven’t heard Nicole Car since 2014, when she was a luminous Tatiana in Kasper Holten’s production of Eugene Onegin. Much has happened to the Melbourne-born  lyric soprano since then, primarily in Sydney at first with several big Mozart and Verdi roles (Pamina, Fiordiligi, Violetta, Luisa Miller), but now, increasingly, overseas. At thirty-three, Car has already sung major rol ... (read more)

Peter Grimes (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

ABR Arts 30 July 2019
Peter Grimes (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
Difficult it is to imagine the full impact Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes had on the opening-night audience at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 7 June 1945, just a few weeks after the conclusion of World War II. Little wonder that the audience, possibly expecting something cheerier from the prodigal wunderkind, sat there in silence for minutes after that subtlest of endings. Joan Cross, direct ... (read more)

Anna Bolena (Opera Australia)

ABR Arts 08 July 2019
Anna Bolena (Opera Australia)
Opera Australia – in its present expansionary phase – has hitched its wagon to a digital star in the form of a series of seven-metre-high LED screens. The future moves about on a busy automation system, thus creating a series of new dramatic spaces. Interviewed in the July 2019 issue of Opera magazine, Lyndon Terracini – now in his tenth year as artistic director – extolled the new technol ... (read more)

Get Adam and Eve out of Paradise

Book Talk 06 June 2019
Get Adam and Eve out of Paradise
Few people escape from publishing. Most people, once they get a foot in the door, stay put. Mary-Kay Wilmers has been working in the industry for more than fifty years. She began at Faber & Faber when the company was still dominated by ‘GLP’ (the ‘Greatest Living Poet’ himself, T.S. Eliot, much mentioned in Toby Faber’s epistolary history of Faber). Wilmers, co-founder of the London ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'My Life As Me: A memoir' by Barry Humphries

December 2002-January 2003, no. 247 01 December 2002
Peter Rose reviews 'My Life As Me: A memoir' by Barry Humphries
When Barry Humphries published his first volume of autobiography, many readers were left wanting ‘More, please’ – avid as gladdie-waving victims during one of his shows; voracious as the greedy polymath himself. After all, he had opened that comic triumph with a credible confession: ‘I always wanted more. I never had enough milk or money or socks or sex or holidays or first editions or sol ... (read more)

Rigoletto and Così Fan Tutte (Opera Australia)

ABR Arts 16 May 2019
Rigoletto and Così Fan Tutte (Opera Australia)
Dr Johnson famously defined opera as ‘an exotic and irrational entertainment’, and so it proved on the opening night of Opera Australia’s autumn season – at least until the curtain went up. Lights down, photography admonition underway, conductor due any moment, we became aware of a strange incident in the gloom, as a solitary figure – elderly, well-dressed, seated behind the conductor, c ... (read more)