ABR Arts

Karl V (Bayerische Staatsoper) ★★★★

Peter Tregear
Friday, 15 February 2019

The corpulent form of Henry VIII understandably dominates our own historical imagining of the turbulent first half of the sixteenth century. From the perspective of continental Europe, however, other figures loom just as large. Indeed, even the English Reformation has the actions of another monarch at its epicentre ...

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The Update - February 12, 2019

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

In this fortnight's Update: ABR in Adelaide and Perth; Dominic Kelly on Melbourne University Press; the 2019 Stella Prize longlist announced; a tribute to distinguished poet Judith Rodriguez; the thirtieth Alliance Française French Film Festival; and giveaways to Capernaum and If Beale Street Could Talk ...

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Mary Stuart ★★★

Ian Dickson
Monday, 11 February 2019

The contest between Elizabeth Tudor and her cousin Mary Stuart, providing two such meaty roles, has proved irresistible fodder over the years for actresses on both stage and screen. On film, Katherine Hepburn and Florence Eldridge, Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson, and Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie ...

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At Eternity's Gate ★★★★

Jack Callil
Monday, 11 February 2019

A man sits on a chair in a field, hands clasped together. He runs into the open grass before collapsing onto the ground. Grasping a handful of earth, he holds it high above his head and lets it fall over his face. He sits up, draws a palm across his mouth, and looks at the sunset. He grins ...

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If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★★

Patricia Maunder
Friday, 08 February 2019

There is an inordinate weight of expectation on Barry Jenkins’s third feature, If Beale Street Could Talk. His previous film, Moonlight, won three Oscars in 2017, including Best Picture (after La La Land’s mistaken-award chaos), and was nominated in five other categories. Furthermore, this is the first English-language film ...

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The Flying Dutchman (Melbourne Opera) ★★★1/2

Barney Zwartz
Monday, 04 February 2019

It is easy to overlook – this side of The Ring and Tristan und Isolde – quite how radical Wagner’s first distinctly Wagnerian opera, The Flying Dutchman, really was. Written in Paris, where grand opera was utterly dominant, the opera broke with the form, style, and subject matter of grand opera and introduced Wagner’s own concepts ...

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On the Basis of Sex ★★★

Patricia Maunder
Monday, 04 February 2019

Recent years have highlighted the politicisation of appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States, and how consequential these judgeships can be. Following the death in 2016 of arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, in his final months as US president, nominated moderate Merrick Garland ...

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Les Troyens (Opéra National de Paris) ★★★★

Christopher Menz
Monday, 04 February 2019

This year is huge for the Opéra National de Paris. It celebrates the 350th anniversary of the founding of Académie Royale de Musique in 1669, the thirtieth anniversary of the inauguration of the Opéra Bastille in 1989, and the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz. Les Troyens (The Trojans) opened the ...

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The Update - January 30, 2019

ABR Arts
Wednesday, 30 January 2019

In this fortnight's Update: ABR Arts paywall news; Melbourne Opera's The Flying Dutchman; The Highly Strung Players return to Perth; the Sydney Theatre Awards winners announced; March Dance festival hits Sydney; the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships for 2019; and giveaways for Green Book and Merciless Gods ...

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Beware of Pity (Sydney Festival) ★★★★★

Jonathan Dunk
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Beware of Pity, the touring co-production of Complicité and Schaubühne, offers a dazzling vision of ethical crisis. Director Simon McBurney’s adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel (Ungeduld des Herzens) compellingly explores the social implications and consequences of individual sentiments without ... 

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