How Charles Brooks probes the inner world of musical instruments.

by Jason Blake

The world’s number one tenor discusses his latest role debut.

by Jansson J. Antmann

The dismissal as a rollicking musical? Norman Gunston leads the way.

by Jo Litson

Transforming a Brisbane warehouse into an eerie, water-logged world.

by Elissa Blake

After 200 years, Joseph Bologne’s reputation is finally restored.

by Jansson J. Antmann

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Two years ago, Katie Noonan formed the a cappella vocal quartet AVÉ. Now, ABC Classic is about to release the ensemble’s debut album, Tumbling Like Stars. Noonan is incredibly proud of it – but recording it was one of the most challenging things she’s ever done.

by Jo Litson

On the Record

Danes complete their Prism project, Bychkov delivers a blistering Resurrection, outstanding Beethoven from Ohlsson in the mountains, and Piers Lane goes to town . . . again!

by Clive Paget

World Premiere

Sally Greenaway reveals how she responded to our collective experience of navigating the pandemic in her poignant new work for four double basses, The Sky is Also Yours.

by Sally Greenaway


A new podcast lifts the lid on the opera world and helps young artists find their way in the industry.

by Jansson J. Antmann

Cutting Edge

Samantha Wolf explains how bonding with reality TV during the pandemic inspired her new piece, which was composed as the 2022 Noisy Women Commission for Ensemble Offspring.

by Samantha Wolf


Insight, humour and the unexpected litter Hough’s childhood memoir.


by Will Yeoman


Not an easy film, but hugely rewarding and occasionally quite breathtaking.


by Jason Blake


Set in the 1960s, and starring Kathy Bates, Laura Linney and Maggie Smith, this film touches lightly on women’s rights, faith and miracles.


by Jason Blake

In the Limelight

A round-up of our recent news reports.

The latest arts appointments and departures.

The buzz around live performance.

Radio and streaming concert highlights.


Guy Noble's Soapbox

Rather than drop the offensive lyrics from the outdated, patriotic songs so loved at Last Night of the Proms concerts, why not rewrite them suggests Guy Noble.

Playing Up

Heather Shannon explains how her new work, Strange Roses, features a dialogue between synthesizer and orchestra that is in harmony one moment and in stark opposition the next.

A bee in my bonnet

John Maidment laments the absence of a grand organ in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

5 Questions For

The Composer-in-Residence at this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) explains how the theft of an 18th-century viola helped turn her into a composer.

My Music

From his preschool days and weekly newspaper run to a reluctant walk-out from the opera, the Australian Minister for the Arts relives his musical rite of passage.


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