January February 2023

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It’s a new world for arts organisations, so what do they have in store this year?

by Yvonne Frindle, Paul Ballam-Cross, Deborah Jones, Steve Dow and Jansson J. Antmann

How Cate Blanchett prepared for the role of a high-profile conductor in TÁR.

by Harriet Cunningham

Noongar artists discuss their deepening relationship with Perth Festival.

by Steve Dow

Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur: a great testament to the sacrifices made by artists.

by Jansson J. Antmann

The role of philanthropy in the arts in Australia.

by Jennifer Radbourne

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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

Cutting Edge

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


A round-up of our recent news reports.

by Jo Litson


The buzz around live performance.

by Jansson J. Antmann, Clive Paget and Jo Litson


Radio and streaming concert highlights.

by Rita Clarke, Clive Paget and Chris Reid


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

Playing Up

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

World Premiere

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

My Music

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


Staff and Contributors

Jo Litson

Deputy Editor A/g
Jansson J. Antmann

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Staff Writer
Maddy Briggs

Brett Allen-Bayes, Paul Ballam-Cross, Lynden Barber, William Barton, Peter Berner, Rita Clarke, Harriet Cunningham, Shamistha de Soysa, Steve Dow, Jeremy Eccles, Yvonne Frindle, Deborah Jones, Ruth Mackenzie, Guy Noble, Jennifer Radbourne, Chris Reid, Jessie Tu, Michelle Wang


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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.