There is much conjecture around the concept of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’; critics disagree not only on the strict meaning of the term – F.S. Boas saw them as works that used a protagonist’s dramatic situation to illustrate a social problem, while Ernest Schanzer insists they turn on an ethical dilemma ...... (read more)
Unlike the many films about the lives of artists, operas in which visual artists feature are few, though two of the most popular in the repertoire, Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, both have painters as central characters. The lives of artists are often messy affairs and resist convenient shaping into narrative arcs, with the actual creative process difficult to dramatise effectively ...... (read more)
In this fortnight's Update: Alexander Briger conducts the Australian World Orchestra; Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own at fortyfivedownstairs; Peter Grimes in concert; Nicholas Carter leaving the ASO; and giveaways to from AWO and Sydney Theatre Company ...
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 ...... (read more)
The idea of the outsider is, of course, a concept shared by all living beings; the jellyfish and the silverback gorilla alike have trained themselves to distrust a stranger. But there is something particular about the Australian suspicion of otherness, a ruddy and avuncular mask that hides an abiding, almost pathological, wariness...... (read more)
In this fortnight's Update: Young cast announced for STC's Lord of the Flies; Solaris being set to stage at Malthouse Theatre; Cast revealed for Opera Australia’s new Ring Cycle; NGV releases 30,000 HQ images to the public; giveaways, and more!
Some of the fascinating, indeed, frustrating aspects of the operas of Claudio Monteverdi include the lack of certainty in regard to both the authenticity of the various musical sources that have survived, and to exactly how these operas were performed, factors that influence performance choices made today ...... (read more)
In 1959, Miles Davis entered Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York, with his sextet, and recorded what many consider to be the greatest jazz album of all time: Kind of Blue. It was an inspired idea to program a performance of this music, in celebration of the album’s sixtieth anniversary, at the twenty-second Melbourne International Jazz Festival ...... (read more)
What makes this Monet exhibition different from any other Monet exhibition? This was the question at the forefront of my mind as I approached the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Monet: Impressionism Sunrise. As one would expect, it is an exhibition about painting – colour, brushstroke, the rendering of light and dark by artists who ...... (read more)
In this fortnight's Update: Opera Australia announces digital Ring Cycle; Paul Kildea named new Artistic Director of Musica Viva; ABR's new column, Epiphany; Fogarty Literary Award winner announced; Griffith Review names winners of The Novella Project; the ABR FAN poll; and giveaways!