Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Sydney, NSW, Australia

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SydneyParsifal

Wagner: Parsifal
Pinchas Steinberg; Opera Australia; Jonas Kaufmann; Jacqueline Dark; Michael Honeyman; Warwick Fyfe

SydneyVerdi Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Renato Palumbo; Milijana Nikolic; Diego Torre; Roberto Scandiuzzi; Opera Australia Chorus

SydneyMountain: A cinematic and mountain odyssey

Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Pärt, Sculthorpe, Tognetti, Vivaldi
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Tamara-Anna Cislowska; Nigel Jamieson

SydneyBeethoven & Bruckner

Beethoven, Bruckner
Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Simone Young; Imogen Cooper

SydneyA Little Lunch Music: Trio Treats

Beethoven, Previn, Poulenc
Nick Shay Deutsch; Duncan Gifford; Lyndon Watts
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Ibragimova’s feverish Bartók in Sydney

‘Dancing with the Orchestra’ was the last subscription concert of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and two compositions with a focus on dance bookended Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto no. 2
****1
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Intimate Schumann, delightful Mozart: ACO collaborates with Kristian Bezuidenhout

One of the reasons why the programmes of the Australian Chamber Orchestra are both challenging and inspiring is because of the ensemble’s always interesting and thought-provoking approach to repertoire.
****1
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A quartet made for Shostakovich

The American Pacifica Quartet was convincingly introduced to Aussie Nigel Westlake's Second Quartet for their Down Under tour; but revealed its essence in the theatre of Shostakovich.
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Disconnected dégustation: Pinchgut Opera's Rameau

Historically informed rarities from Rameau and Vinci aim to recreate the world of 18th-century opera-going in Paris. But a misaligned production distracts from this specialised experience.
***11
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The Times They Are a-Changin': Nixon Tapes in Sydney

The fascinating politics of this opera are diminished by the presentation of just four scenes. The music and three strong performances almost make up as Sydney gets its first taste of this work.
****1
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Nobuyuki Tsujii’s recital in Sydney

There are not many classical musicians on the international circuit who could achieve the ‘legend’ status; whose concerts would be attended by adoring fans rushing to the stage at the conclusion of the recital, who would be referred to by a nickname, suggesting an ongoing relationship and familiarity with their fans.
****1
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