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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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BrisbaneHappy Birthday, Bernstein!

Bernstein
Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Alondra de la Parra; Andreas Haefliger

BrisbaneBernstein at 100

Bernstein
Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Alondra de la Parra; Andreas Haefliger; Brisbane Chorale; Voices of Birralee

BrisbaneAustralian Youth Orchestra with Andrey Gugnin

Britten, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov
Australian Youth Orchestra; Andrey Gugnin

BrisbaneOsborne Tognetti Valve in recital

Dvořák, Brahms
Steven Osborne; Richard Tognetti; Timo-Veikko Valve

BrisbaneGoldberg Variations

Bach, Stravinsky, Adès
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Erin Helyard

BrisbaneIlya Gringolts plays Paganini

Bach C.P.E., Paganini, Vivaldi, Bartók
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Ilya Gringolts; Timo-Veikko Valve; Julian Thompson
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The Lady in Red: Queensland Ballet’s Firebird and Carmen

Camilo Ramos and Sophie Zoricic in Acosta's Carmen © David Kelly
A youthfully fresh corps and Victor Estévez hold together this uneven double bill, with Acosta’s troubled Carmen demonstrating the challenges of adapting opera to ballet.
***11
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Appearance vs Reality: Agrippina in Brisbane

Ulrike Schneider (Agrippina) and Keri Fuge (Poppea) © Darren Thomas
Englishman Laurence Dale’s Göttingen Festival production of Handel’s Agrippina, now presented in the second Brisbane Baroque Festival, is based on the political void between appearance and reality. 
***11
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A Perfect Masterpiece: Glass's The Perfect American in Brisbane

Christopher Purves and Cheryl Barker © Dan Swinbourne
The Perfect American, a fictional account of the final months of Walt Disney’s life, is a visually rhythmic flow of scenic magic on a blended Glass base – gently but harrowingly absorbing.
*****
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Visionary music-making: The Australian Chamber Orchestra in The Reef

ACO's The Reef
For many reasons, the ACO’s most recent show The Reef was an artistic experience like no other in all my years of concert-going. It is difficult even categorising the event: an orchestral concert with accompanying video footage? A film with live soundtrack? Neither does full justice to the nature of the project.
****1
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The Queensland Symphony - weaving music and drama into an evening of enchanting light entertainment

Johannes Fritzsch,  ©  QSO Portraits
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the incidental music by Mendelssohn it inspires both employ a wide range of expressive techniques in their respective medium. Bringing the drama and the music together in one performance, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and 4MBS Arts Productions delivered an evening of finely tuned light entertainment.
****1
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