Peter Rose

Anna Bolena (Opera Australia) ★★★★

Peter Rose
08 July 2019

Opera Australia – in its present expansionary phase – has hitched its wagon to a digital star in the form of a series of seven- More

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

Peter Rose
03 June 2019

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 More

Rigoletto ★★★1/2 and Così Fan Tutte ★★★★1/2 (Opera Australia)

Peter Rose
16 May 2019

Dr Johnson famously defined opera as ‘an exotic and irrational entertainment’, and so it proved on the opening night of Opera A More

Peter Rose reviews On David Malouf by Nam Le

Peter Rose
30 April 2019

For more than a decade the world has waited, patiently or disbelievingly, for a second book from Nam Le, author of The Boat (2008), a collection of seven tales that won the young More

Peter Rose reviews 'A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis: A Literary Life' by Jacqueline Kent

Peter Rose
31 August 2018

In September 2018, NewSouth published a new edition of A Certain Style.

On a chilly evening in 1980, a stylish woman in her early seventies, wheezing slightly from a lifetime’s cigarettes, climbed a staircase just beneath the Harbour Bridge, entered a room full of book editors – young women mostly, university-educated, making their way ... More

Die Walküre, Act One (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) ★★★★

Peter Rose
27 August 2018

Notwithstanding the riches that follow in the final two acts (Wotan’s Farewell, the Ride of the Valkyries, the Todesverkündigung), Act One of Richard Wagner’s Die Walkür More

Tristan und Isolde (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) ★★★★★

Peter Rose
20 August 2018

Nietzsche was in no doubt: Wagner owed his success to his innate sensuality. The philosopher – most influential of the Wagnerites – began to have reservations about his hero in the mid More

Lucia di Lammermoor ★★★★ and Aida ★★★★ (Opera Australia)

Peter Rose
30 July 2018

John Doyle’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s 1837 opera dates back to 2012 – a co-production with La Fenice and Houston. It is a rather self-important production – very dour and More

2018 Australian Book Review Film Survey

25 May 2018

We invited some writers, film critics, and film professionals to nominate their favourite film – not The Greatest Film Ever Sold, but one that matters to them personally.


Cendrillon ★★★★, Lucia di Lammermoor ★★★★★, and Tosca ★★★1/2 (Metropolitan Opera)

Peter Rose
02 May 2018

ABR Arts’s long day’s journey into operatic night continued with three familiar productions, one of them new to the Metropolitan Opera. Jules Massenet’s fifteenth opera (Apr More

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