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West Side Story by Opera Australia. A dark harbourside long shot of two young lovers - Tony and Maria - standing on metal balcony embracing, with a cityscape behind them.
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Opera review: West Side Story, Sydney Harbour

A stunning revival production of Opera on the Harbour’s biggest hit musical.

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Music review: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Symphony Series 2: Horizons, Adelaide Town Hall

Violinist Emily Sun shines in Max Bruch’s famed Violin Concerto No. 1.

Still from ‘Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus’. Image: Supplied. A black and white image of Sakamoto, a Japanese man in his 70s with white hair, tortoiseshell glasses and a black blazer at the piano. He is sifting through some sheet music.
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Screening review: Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus, Melbourne Recital Centre

With deep involvement from the late composer’s son and wife, ‘Opus’ captures Ryuichi Sakamoto in dazzling body and soul.

A ballet dancer dressed in a white frog costume is in mid air with his legs kicking out behind him. On the stage is Alice, with shoulder length dark hair, wearing a purple dress and carrying a red rose. Behind them is an image of a cottage on a wall hanging; it looks embroidered.
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Ballet review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Arts Centre Melbourne

An immersive spectacle, sure to unsettle and astound lovers of the classic tale.

Beethoven's Emperor. The image is a black backdrop with a man with short dark hair wearing a dark jacket and a white shirt. He is shot from the chest up holding his chin in his right hand and looking at the camera.
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Music review: Beethoven’s Emperor, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Town Hall

A masterful evening of historically informed music played with astonishing contemporary panache.

DakhaBrakha. Image is a concert stage with a huge circular abstract orange/yellow pattern on the back wall, and in front four black clad musicians, three of them women with tall black stovepipe hats and the fourth a man with a bald head.
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Music review: DakhaBrakha, Hamer Hall

A masterpiece in political artistry.

A scaffolding like set has several bodies positioned within it silhouetted against a lit backdrop. The Threepenny Opera.
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Opera review: The Threepenny Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide Festival

Searing satire and a rage against capitalism wrapped up in a love story.

Candlelight: A Tribute to Mitski. Image is a old theatre stage with a string quartet surrounded by dozens of battery operated candles.
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Music review: Candlelight: A Tribute to Mitski, Athenaeum 

A string quartet's fine interpretation of the music of Mitski.

Band of Brothers. On the left are two men in their 30s/40s with black T shirts, one looking at the camera, the one behind him looking down. In another photo on the right are two men of Egyptian appearance, one with a fez and fulsome beard and moustache, another behind in flat cap and a moustache.
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Music review: Band of Brothers, Playhouse, Adelaide Festival

A magical melange of new and old musical forms.

Angélique Kidjo. A woman of African appearance in a red patterned African dress and turban sings into a microphone against a black backdrop.
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Music review: Angélique Kidjo, Perth Festival

Angélique Kidjo celebrated her 40-year career and recent album, 'Mother Nature'.

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