January–February 2024

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How will our arts organisations keep things fresh this year?

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

Barrie Kosky on The Threepenny Opera, Chicago and Wagner’s Ring.

by Jansson J. Antmann

Climate change and its impact on Australia’s arts festivals.

by Steve Dow

Six lesser-known composers died 100 years ago. Is their music due for revival?

by Clive Paget

Queensland Theatre adds new spark to Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play Gaslight.

by Elissa Blake

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Ben Mingay was a construction worker when his mates dared him to audition for a scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Now he’s about to make his Opera Australia debut.

by Jo Litson

On the Record

Essential holiday listening includes French symphonic poems, gripping symphonies from a well-known pianist, Rattle’s Siegfried, Wilson’s Daphnis and Osborne’s latest Debussy.

by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge

Sophia Brous discusses her site-specific work The Invisible Opera, which explores the concept, dynamics and paradoxes of a public space.

by Jo Litson


After the success of Koolbardi wer Wardong, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have written a second (and maybe last) Noongar opera together.

by Jo Litson


★★★★ A silent partner emerges into the light.

by Will Yeoman


★★★★ The case remains more open than shut in Justine Triet’s engrossing courtroom drama.

by Jason Blake


★★★★½ Bradley Cooper takes his skills as an actor/director to another level.

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

Though he may now be a hexagenarian, Guy Noble certainly doesn’t feel it. He takes inspiration from Sir Paul McCartney, who is still touring to adoring fans at 81.

Playing Up

Virtuoso player Anoushka Shankar reflects
on her relationship with the sitar ahead of her concerts at the Sydney Opera House and the Brett Whiteley Studio.

World Premiere

Opening Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s 2024 season, Katy Abbott’s new work taps into the complexity of musical communication.

by Maddy Briggs

5 Questions For

The inventive director discusses staging Puccini’s one-act opera Il tabarro on board a ship for Sydney Festival.

My Music

Coming from a showbiz family, the founding director of commercial producer GWB Entertainment has developed most of his musical connections through work – until now.


Staff and Contributors

Print Editor
Jo Litson

Digital Editor
Jason Blake

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Staff Writer
Maddy Briggs

Paul Ballam-Cross, Peter Berner, Elissa Blake, Torben Brookman, Steve Dow, Yvonne Frindle, Jansson J. Antmann, Deborah Jones, Steve Moffatt, Guy Noble, Anoushka Shankar, Will Yeoman


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