May 2024

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Why are Puccini’s operas so popular a century after his death?

by Alexandra Wilson

Umberto Clerici’s rapid rise from cellist to chief conductor.

by Yvonne Frindle

What makes a child prodigy and how to nurture them.

by Shamistha de Soysa

Sarah Brightman returns to Australia in Sunset Boulevard.

by Jo Litson

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Wicked, The Odd Couple, a new cabaret show and a BRAVO cruise . . . There’s no stopping Todd McKenney. He explains why he likes to keep busy.

by Jo Litson

On The Record

A Frenchwoman’s resurrected Faust is Recording of the Month alongside an opera-fest that includes Kaufmann’s Parsifal. Smetana, Stravinsky, Debussy and Rózsa also feature.

by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge

Brooklyn composer William Brittelle discusses his latest, genre-blind mini-album in which he stares down the apocalypse.

by Maddy Briggs


Opera Queensland is on a mission to take opera as far afield as possible and change the way it’s perceived.

by Jansson J. Antmann


Tyran Parke tells us about his bold moves at this year’s Australian Musical Theatre Festival.

by Jo Litson


★★★★ A rich, nuanced and detailed survey of Edwards’ music for choirs.

by Will Yeoman


★★★½ Does God exist? The debate between Freud and C.S. Lewis plays like a good-humoured duel.

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

Writing from a small Indonesian island, Guy Noble reflects on the Muslim call to prayer and the ringing bells at Christian churches.

Playing Up

Norwegian virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth always knew she wanted to find her own distinctive voice – as Melbourne audiences will discover when she plays Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto.

World Premiere

Ross Edwards’ new work, inspired by Monteverdi, grapples with our looming ecological crisis.

5 Questions For

The conductor/pianist reflects on his 10 years as Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival.

My Music

Queensland Ballet’s new Artistic Director shares her love for the piano and strong female artists and reveals a surprising musical crush.


Staff and Contributors

Print Editor
Jo Litson

Digital Editor
Jason Blake

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Staff Writer
Maddy Briggs

Leanne Benjamin, Peter Berner, Shamistha de Soysa, Yvonne Frindle, Tine Thing Helseth, Jansson J. Antmann, Jo Litson, Guy Noble, Alexandra Wilson, Will Yeoman


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