Suzannah Conway

Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.

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Music review: Symphony Fantastic, QPAC

Love, lust and madness in an all-French program of delightful music with added extras.  

Old time black and white image of four men lying in the forest, one has a pipe, another has leaves around his hat. Museum of Brisbane.
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A strong community focus takes art to new places in Brisbane

Ten months into her role as Director of Museum of Brisbane, Zoe Graham is driving an innovative program that places…

QSO. Cathedral of St Stephen. Image is a blue washed interior of a large cathedral.
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Music review: Mozart's Mass, Cathedral of St Stephen

Mozart’s masterpiece, the great Mass in C Minor, was expertly presented in the atmospheric Cathedral of St Stephen.

Black Box. A grey-haired man stands on a small square rostrum on a stage wearing suit trousers, a white shirt and tie. Behind him is a narrow strip screen showing a map with a large aeroplane on the right.
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Musical review: Black Box, Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

An important Australian invention, the Black Box is being celebrated on stage in a new musical.  

AFCM. Under an outside marquee a white man with glasses and a grey suit plays a violin from behind a music stand. There are microphones on stands. Behind him are seated a female and a male violinist resting.
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Australian Festival of Chamber Music offers an impressive and diverse 2024 program

Jack Liebeck’s third Townsville festival cements his reputation as one of its most exciting artistic directors.

Two white men dressed in Victorian era garb sit on a stage, either side of a large theatrical costumes/props basket with a decanter on the top of it. One man is draped in a blanket and clutches a glass looking worriedly at the older grey haired man, who also looks concerned but off downstage right, clasping his hands in his lap.
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Theatre review: The Woman in Black, QPAC

A powerful production of this acclaimed British thriller has commenced its Australian nationwide tour. 

Four singers in black line up behind each other, first person crouching, so that the heads of each show above the person in front. The man at the back holds up a large perspex bowl full of coloured balls.
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Performance review: Broadway Bingo, Brisbane Powerhouse

An interactive and engaging approach to presenting classic musical hits, Broadway Bingo was a highly entertaining and fun night out.  

A quintet of classical musicians sit on a stage with their instruments, watched by an audience.
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Music review: The Trout, QPAC

In the first concert of Ensemble Q's 2024 season, The Trout delivered impeccable musical standards and expert programming. 

Three opera singers on a stage in front of a set depicting a candy house. A young woman plays a boy, in the middle a man in Japanese attire is in drag as a witch and on the right a woman plays a young girl. Hansel & Gretel.
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Opera review: Hansel & Gretel, St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane

For its premiere full-scale opera, Voxalis’ 'Hansel and Gretel' offered a well-crafted and entertaining production. 

Loot. Three people on stage look down at a corpse in a coffin, a young man with a moustache, an older grey-haired man and a blonde woman in a nurse's uniform.
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Theatre review: Loot, AdAstra Theatre

Given a strong production and cast, Joe Orton’s celebrated 'Loot' is as relevant today as when it was first written.

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