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Kevin Jackson and Jake Mangakahia in TAB's Spartacus © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus: All is fair in love, and gladiator gore

By , 22 September 2018
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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

By , 01 May 2018
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

By , 17 April 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Melbourne

Sir Andrew Davis leads Elgar’s Gerontius in Melbourne

By , 08 March 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Simon Fernandez
Melbourne

Soloists and orchestra shine in MSO Opening Gala

By , 03 March 2018
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Melbourne

Bartók and Shostakovich with power and precision in Melbourne

By , 10 August 2017
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Benjamin Northey © Ross Calia
Melbourne

Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

By , 28 July 2017
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Melbourne

Melbourne Symphony plays Mozart 40: a meeting of masterly musical minds

By , 15 July 2017
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Daniel Müller-Schott © Uwe Arens
Melbourne

Journeys and landscapes: the Melbourne Symphony plays Strauss and Beethoven

By , 23 June 2017
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Melbourne

Heavenly music in Melbourne as Sir Andrew Davis leads Haydn’s Creation

By , 15 June 2017
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Rinat Shaham (Carmen) and Christopher Hillier (Moralès) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance

By , 06 May 2017
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Melbourne

Australian Chamber Orchestra: a typical baroque affair elevated with Kats-Chernin and an electrifying encore

By , 07 December 2016
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Simone Young © Berthold Fabricius
Melbourne

Teutonic repertoire meat and drink to Simone Young and the MSO

By , 01 December 2016
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) and Lise Lindstrom (Brünnhilde) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

The way the world ends: brilliant Götterdämmerung crowns Melbourne cycle

By , 28 November 2016
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Treasure of the world: Vinke’s heroics ensure a memorable Siegfried in Melbourne

By , 25 November 2016
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Amber Wagner (Sieglinde) and Bradley Daley (Siegmund) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Spirals out of control: extraordinary singing in Die Walküre in Melbourne

By , 23 November 2016
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James Johnson (Wotan) and the Rainbow Girls © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Bring on the dancing girls: Rheingold redux in Melbourne

By , 21 November 2016
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Benjamin Northey © Matt Irwin
Melbourne

The Planets: Benjamin Northey leads Melbourne Symphony with discipline and assurance

By , 21 October 2016
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Raphael Wong (St Ignatius) and ensemble © Charlie Kinross
Melbourne

Four Saints in Three Acts: Victorian youth breeze through nonsense opera

By , 30 September 2016
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Melbourne

“Intimate Beethoven” from members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 26 September 2016
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Lee Abrahmsen (Elisabeth) and Marius Vlad (Tannhäuser) © Robin J Halls
Melbourne

Tannhäuser brings a new dimension to Melbourne Opera

By , 17 August 2016
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Jessica Pratt © Luis Condrò
Melbourne

Pratt and Albelo a dream bel canto partnership in I puritani in Melbourne

By , 02 July 2015
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Warwick Fyfe (Daland) and Oskar Hillebrandt (Dutchman) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Exciting, innovative 3D Dutchman from Victorian Opera

By , 19 February 2015
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Warwick Fyfe (Falstaff) and Jane Ede (Alice Ford) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Falstaff in Melbourne: a high-calibre, cavorting, colour-coded comedy

By , 01 December 2014
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Frank Peter Zimmermann © Harald Hoffmann│hänssler CLASSIC
Melbourne

Frank Peter Zimmermann a revelation in Sibelius' Violin Concerto in Melbourne

By , 27 November 2014
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Conal Coad (Don Pasquale) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Entertainingly taut Don Pasquale takes a Roman Holiday

By , 19 November 2014
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Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) and Martina Serafin (Tosca) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

A plausible and wretchedly frightening Tosca opens in Melbourne

By , 12 November 2014
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© Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Victorian Opera's The Riders: a new engrossing work of serious substance

By , 23 September 2014
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© Matt Deller
Melbourne

The Pearl Fishers at Melbourne Opera

By , 19 September 2014
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© Jeff Busby / The Production Company
Melbourne

Show Boat floats into Melbourne

By , 20 August 2014
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Into the Woods © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Victorian Opera wanders Into the Woods with Sondheim

By , 22 July 2014
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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Sidney Myer Music Bowl,  ©  David Simmonds 2009
Melbourne

Melbourne Symphony: Kodály, Liszt and Tchaikovsky

By , 22 February 2012
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