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Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater has its Australian premiere this month. The Scottish composer discusses why it is such a human text, how his Catholic faith has deepened, and why composing is such a compulsion.
by Clive Paget
On the Record
This month we are in vocal heaven with period instrument Rodgers & Hammerstein, Shakespearean song, an operatic take on Wuthering Heights, and a resurrected Parsifal.
by Clive Paget
Ahead of his upcoming tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, violinist Joshua Bell discusses making up for lost time and the meaning of music in our lives.
by Jansson J. Antmann
Il Divo’s American tenor David Miller discusses returning to Australia for the first time since the death of the group’s Spanish baritone Carlos Marín.
by Jo Litson
Students from NIDA and the Sydney Conservatorium are staging Elena Kats-Chernin’s jazzy reimagining of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.
by Deborah Jones
★★★★ This engrossing start to Barrie Kosky’s new Ring Cycle can be seen in Australian cinemas this month.
by Clive Paget
Curator Jonathan Wilson explains his ideas for Volume, a new festival at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
by Maddy Briggs
In the Limelight
Guy Noble's Soapbox
Pondering our dopamine addiction and obsessive need to feel good, Guy Noble wonders if boredom is a necessary counterpoint to genuine happiness.
Born in America and now based in Sydney, Riley Lee was the first non-Japanese person to attain the rank of Dai Shihan or Grand Master of the shakuhachi. He traces his journey.
Dharug composer Christopher Sainsbury has written a new opera for Victorian Opera, with a libretto by First Nations playwright Jane Harrison, based on her play.
by Harriet Cunningham
5 Questions For
The celebrated Peruvian tenor discusses making his Australian debut with a recital tour.
The Sydney Opera House CEO reveals she often cries in concerts and practises the cello every morning before work, after starting lessons five years ago.
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