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The secret art of conducting

Conductors including Vanessa Scammell, Asher Fisch and Nicholas Braithwaite discuss their roles and their relationships with orchestras.

A woman sits with her back to us, an ornate dress spread out on the floor around her; we can see her face reflected in a large mirror sitting opposite her.

Three state operas unite for feminist La Traviata

Director Sarah Giles and Opera Queensland’s Patrick Nolan discuss the themes of their new opera and explain why it is…


Why opera companies should explain themselves better

Peter Tregear argues more needs to be done to help opera audiences contextualise the art form beyond the vocal spectacular.


How to make your tour greener

A new toolkit will help performing arts companies reduce the environmental impact of their tours.


fortyfivedownstairs plans to stick around despite development woes

The multi-arts space is threatened by a neighbouring development but has no plans to call it quits.


Why vaccine passports are the future of live performance

Masks and vaccinations have helped European theatres safely reopen, says Adelaide Festival's Rachel Healy.


As COVID wreaks havoc, do we still need a national opera company?

Last year Opera Australia was boasting an operating surplus. Last month it was restructuring to cut 25% staff. And with…


First opera sung entirely in Noongar language commissioned in WA

A new commission will retell a story of sibling rivalry that’s been shared for generations on Noongar boodja in south-west…


The 2020 Opera and Fine Music calendar

From the world premiere of a new opera by Tim Finn and a significant exploration of women’s contribution to classical…


Busting opera wide open: the Pinchgut revolution

Ditching the curtain, delivering surpluses, and winning international awards, Pinchgut is a young company changing the face of opera in…

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