Peter Rose

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

#20 Forty years of ABR: Peter Rose in conversation with Beejay Silcox

18 April 2018

Peter Rose spoke to Beejay Silcox, recipient of Australian Book Review Fortieth Birthday Fellowship, about developments at ABR since the revival of the magazine's second series in 1978. Beejay also discusses her Fellowship essay, 'Defying ... More

'Long live independent publishing' - ABR at 300

Peter Rose et al.
29 March 2018
Most editors look forwards, not back. We have to: there are pages to fill, readers to court, deadlines to meet. But publication of a 300th issue of a literary review invites retrospection, if More

Editorial on ABR's 400th issue by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
23 March 2018

A cynic once remarked that an editor needs two things: good grammar and a long memory. But we all know there’s a bit more to it than that. As we prepare to send the April issue to press More

News from the Editor's Desk - December 2017

Australian Book Review
22 November 2017

Rainbows and bad losers

The mood outside the State Library of Victoria on 15 November 2017 was exultant – once the precarious line from Canberra had been restored and the ABS’s expatiatory chief statistician, David Kalisch, finally announced that ... More

'Victory for Equality' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
14 November 2017

Australian Book Review – like millions of Australians and thousands of organisations – is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. We welcome the endorsement of marriage equal More

'Attention, Please' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
27 September 2017

Having comprehensively disposed of that chestnut,
shoved it on a skip,
I have more questions to put to you than the Socratic
in our grocer.
First, I want you to step out of those non sequiturs, com More

'The same-sex marriage debate' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
16 August 2017

For decades, centuries, millennia, homosexuals (here as elsewhere) have been insulted, blackmailed, beaten, incarcerated, and murdered. Even now homosexuality remains one of the principal More

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Peter Rose
20 December 2016

Der Ring des Nibelungen, presented by Opera Australia three years after its première in Melbourne, was a great success, mostly because of the excellence of the singing ...

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Episode #9 Colin Golvan on new threats to Australia's literary culture from the Productivity Commission

31 October 2016

In this week’s ABR podcast Peter Rose talks to Colin Golvan QC – a lawyer specialising in intellectual property – about new threats to Australian creativity, chiefly the proposed removal of restrictions on parallel importation, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.