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Powerful, poignant and a punch to the guts: Breaking the Waves, the opera

Lyric soprano Jennifer Black discusses the joys and challenges of performing in ‘Breaking the Waves’, an opera based on Lars…

‘The Nightingale and Other Fables’ upcoming at Adelaide Festival 2024, directed by Robert Lepage. Photo: Michael Cooper. A performer in traditional Chinese garment standing on a rooftop with a branch extending out into the violet night sky.

Orientalism, a stain that taints Australian opera?

From yellowface to chinoiserie – Orientalism pervades Western stages, so will that include Adelaide Festival’s upcoming, lauded centrepiece opera?

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What our opera companies are offering in 2024

New leadership means new energy for major companies in an exciting year.


Summer festival season heats up as programs launch nationwide

Adelaide, Perth and Sydney Festivals launched their 2024 programs this week, with Mona Foma waiting eagerly in the wings.


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…

Salamander, Brisbane Festival. Image: Damien Bredburg

Commitment to community at the Brisbane Festival

Celebrating home-grown talent, the Festival also includes significant international collaborations.

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Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle is finally heading to Brisbane

Several years in the making and delayed because of COVID, Wagner’s monumental work comes to Queensland for the first time.

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Australia’s first-ever festival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works opens in Adelaide

A 10-day festival celebrating the comic genius of Gilbert and Sullivan is attracting new audiences and die-hard supporters.

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The vision needed to curate a successful music festival

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival, gears up to present a powerful 2023 festival with a…


Radical optimism on the island

The final festival from Lindy Hume saw artists making a range of important statements about their life experiences.

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