January February 2023
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Jack Symonds is Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera, as well as a composer, conductor and pianist. Fascinated by complex musical ideas, he never wants to make work resembling anything else.
by Jeremy Eccles
On The Record
This month, Meyerbeer gets his just desserts, it’s Elgar, Jim, but not as we know it, and is this the best Mahler Five ever?
by Clive Paget
Linda May Han Oh’s Ephemeral Echoes explores the nature of transience and time, and brings the composer home to Perth for its world premiere.
by Maddy Briggs
The original scores tell you how early music should be played, says Jordi Savall.
by Shamistha de Soysa
Exploring one man and his method through the history of 20th-century Japan.
by Brett Allen-Bayes
Cate Blanchett excels as a great conductor with all-too-human flaws.
by Lynden Barber
Frances O’Connor’s dreamy film about Emily Brontë is propelled by emotions.
by Jessie Tu
Florian Zeller’s latest film is surprisingly unkind to its Gen Z character.
by Michelle Wang
Meryl Tankard and Elena Kats-Chernin reunite for a new dance work about the here and now.
by Jo Litson
In the Limelight
Guy Noble's Soapbox
Guy Noble finds it hard to get to the bottom of life as an influencer, and wonders why one particular Instagrammer constantly posts pictures of her posterior.
by Guy Noble
William Barton began playing the didgeridoo at age seven on his Kalkadunga Country in north-west Queensland. He explains what drew him to the instrument, and how performing in classical concerts helps encourage reconciliation.
by William Barton
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Composer in Residence for 2023, Mary Finsterer, explains how her new work takes inspiration from the vast canon of musical settings of the Latin chant O magnum mysterium.
by Mary Finsterer
5 Questions For
The founder and first violin of the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet explains the ethos behind 50 years of artistic collaborations.
by David Harrington
The new Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival recalls singing in Britten’s children’s choir, playing the French horn, and becoming a fan of Boulez.
by Ruth Mackenzie
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This month’s cover image features Cate Blanchett in the role of conductor Lydia Tár from the film TÁR. Photo courtesy of Focus Features.