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Love Letters. Image shows actor in 'A friendship of life and death' at Melbourne Fringe, bending character on empty stage wearing green costume with black sash and holding red string.

Theatre reviews: Love Letters and A friendship of life and death, Melbourne Fringe Festival

Ambitious shows aiming to bridge cultural understandings showed good intentions, but needed more development.


Performance review: The Blood Vote, Gasworks Arts Park

Fusing opera and circus, The Blood Vote by composer Jenny Game and librettist Caitlin Vincent sees Australian suffragist Vida Goldstein…

Jacqui Dark. Head of smiling woman with green eyes and blonde wavy hair against black backdrop.

Vale Jacqueline Dark

The 'indefatigably upbeat' Australian mezzo-soprano died this week, aged just 55.

performing arts. Against a green and blue backdrop with small images of two women, a woman with bleached blonde hair wearing a blue hoodie holds a musical keyboard while a woman with black wavy hair and sunglasses an black and blue coat holds a typing keyboard both in three-quarter profile.

What’s in store for season 2024 in the performing arts (part three)

Continuing our round-up of season launches from companies around the country, including a three-part theatrical epic and an ambitious restaging…


Overcoming threshold anxiety

Geelong Arts Centre’s redevelopment opens the venue up to the public eye, in a way that’s deliberately designed to ensure…

Opinions & Analysis

Why are we giving shows like Miss Saigon a rerun in 2023?

As the 1989 musical 'Miss Saigon' returns to stages, one can't overlook the overt racism underscoring the "classic" yet outdated…


Opera review: La Gioconda in Concert, Sydney Opera House

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann was the drawcard but Spanish soprano Saioa Hernández shone as the star of the evening, performing with…


Opera review: The Tales of Hoffmann, Sydney Opera House

Four of the world's best opera companies collaborate for Damiano Michieletto's outstanding new production of 'The Tales of Hoffmann'.


Opera review: Idomeneo, Palais Theatre

A striking co-production that draws on Greek mythology to offer hope for a new world.

Career Advice

So you want my arts job: Head of Music, Opera Australia

If you love the canon but enjoy learning, working as the Head of Music for a major company may be…

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