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Ako Kondo (Giselle) and Chengwu Guo (Albrecht) © Daniel Boud
Sydney

A beloved Australian Ballet classic: Maina Gielgud's Giselle returns

By , 01 May 2019
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Callum Linnane and Dana Stephensen in Filigree and Shadow © Daniel Boud
Sydney

Verve: The Australian Ballet’s resident choreographers

By , 09 April 2019
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Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Sydney

Telemann and Bach triumphant in Pinchgut Easter concert

By , 07 April 2019
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Cinco © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Sydney Dance Company launches its 50th year: Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane

By , 26 March 2019
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The Jets © Prudence Upton
Sydney

West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

By , 23 March 2019
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© Australian Chamber Orchestra
Sydney

Such familiar paths: Arrangements of Prokofiev and Beethoven from the ACO

By , 13 March 2019
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The Sixteen © Firedog
Sydney

The Sixteen bring British vocal music to Australia

By , 09 March 2019
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Lise Lindstrom (Salome) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Seven fantasies replace seven veils: a gruesome Salome revived in Sydney

By , 06 March 2019
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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at City Recital Hall, Sydney © Steven Godbee
Sydney

Brandenburg performs Brandenburgs: the ABO turns thirty

By , 27 February 2019
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Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

By , 22 February 2019
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Pärtly Bach: ACO season opens in meditative tone in Sydney

By , 06 February 2019
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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
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A scene from Katrina Olsen's Mother's Cry © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Emerging choreographers with Sydney Dance Company's New Breed

By , 30 November 2018
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Vivica Genaux (Mandane) and David Hansen (Arbace) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première

By , 29 November 2018
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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Flawed heroics bring Barenboim's Sydney stint to a finish

By , 27 November 2018
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Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Sydney

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring breathless excitement to Brahms in Sydney

By , 25 November 2018
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Tognetti’s Beethoven, Beethoven’s Fifth: the ACO back in Sydney

By , 20 November 2018
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Frame of Mind © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Stark raving: Sydney Dance Company clubs out with Forever & Ever

By , 20 October 2018
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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
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Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Sydney

Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

By , 29 September 2018
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
Sydney

Variations on brilliance: the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney

By , 11 August 2018
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Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

By , 10 August 2018
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Elena Gabouri (Amneris) and Amber Wagner (Aida) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia

By , 18 July 2018
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Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

By , 28 June 2018
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© Heidrun Lohr
Sydney

The art of storytelling: Dalisa Pigram’s Gudirr Gudirr

By , 27 June 2018
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Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Sydney

Pinchgut Opera's Athalia in Sydney: fabulous performance marred by directiorial problems

By , 21 June 2018
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Beau Dean Riley Smith, Kane Sultan-Babij and Yolanta Lowatta in Dark Emu © Daniel Boud
Sydney

The darkness between the stars: Bangarra’s Dark Emu puts a poem of dance to our perceptions of history and land

By , 16 June 2018
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Janessa Dufty and Izzac Carroll © Pedro Greig
Sydney

Ignition and internal combustion: Sydney Dance Company's ab [intra] driven by searing intensity

By , 19 May 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Australian World Orchestra © David Collins
Sydney

From little things, big things grow: The AWO returns to Sydney

By , 02 May 2018
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Adam Bull (Danilo) and Amber Scott (Hanna) © Daniel Boud
Sydney

An utterly charming night with the Australian Ballet’s Merry Widow

By , 28 April 2018
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Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

“Ridiculous and detestable?" Not on Suzuki’s guard: Beethoven's Mass in C in Sydney

By , 11 April 2018
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Kevin Jackson and Iana Jones in Murphy's Firebird © Daniel Boud
Sydney

Fifty years on: The Australian Ballet celebrates the great Graeme Murphy

By , 09 April 2018
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Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Sydney

Fabulous Mozart from Nicole Car in eclectic Sydney programme

By , 08 April 2018
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Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo) and Iulia Maria Dan (Mimì) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns

By , 23 March 2018
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Sydney

Death stingest no more: the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Alina Ibragimova

By , 21 March 2018
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Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Sydney

Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

By , 19 March 2018
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Sydney

Sweet string sounds from the ACO in Sydney

By , 13 February 2018
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Daniel Corthon in Clarke's To a Simple Rock'n'Roll Song © Prudence Upton
Sydney

No sex, no drugs? Michael Clark's Simple Rock’n’roll Song has its Australian première

By , 30 January 2018
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A. Bull, S. Heathcote, A. Harris and A. Kondo in TAB's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Daniel Boud
Sydney

Wonderland Down Under: Australian Ballet sparkles in Alice’s Adventures


By , 08 December 2017
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Jake Arditti (Nero) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

L'incoronazione di Poppea: cynical production, glorious music from Pinchgut Opera

By , 30 November 2017
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Aidan (Sorrow) and Karah Son (Cio-Cio-San) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Sydney bids farewell to beloved Madama Butterfly

By , 26 October 2017
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Aleksandar Madžar and Nicolas Altstaedt © Keith Saunders
Sydney

A splendid night of 20th-century cello music with Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar

By , 11 September 2017
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Anna Dowsley (Lucretia) © Zan Wimberley
Sydney

The Repairing of Lucretia at Sydney Chamber Opera

By , 19 August 2017
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Simone Young © Reto Klar
Sydney

Cheeky and majestic: exuberance dominates in Simone Young’s Beethoven and Bruckner

By , 18 August 2017
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Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Simon van Boxtel
Sydney

Old friends in high places: the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

By , 12 August 2017
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© Renato Palumbo
Sydney

Verdi's Requiem given an operatic take in Sydney

By , 10 August 2017
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Jonas Kaufmann © Keith Saunders
Sydney

The time has come: Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal

By , 09 August 2017
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