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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
***11
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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
****1
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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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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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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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Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Sydney

Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

By , 29 September 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
***11
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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
****1
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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
****1
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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
***11
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Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Sydney

Fabulous Mozart from Nicole Car in eclectic Sydney programme

By , 08 April 2018
****1
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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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Simone Young © Reto Klar
Sydney

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

By , 18 August 2017
****1
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© Renato Palumbo
Sydney

Verdi's Requiem given an operatic take in Sydney

By , 10 August 2017
****1
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Jonas Kaufmann © Keith Saunders
Sydney

The time has come: Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal

By , 09 August 2017
****1
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Sydney

Alina Ibragimova impresses with feverish Bartók in Sydney

By , 14 July 2017
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Andrew Mogrelia © Matthew Washburn
Sydney

The Times They Are a-Changin': Nixon Tapes in Sydney

By , 05 June 2017
****1
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Jaap van Zweden © Hans van der Woerd
Sydney

Titanic effort by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney

By , 05 May 2017
****1
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The ASMF and Joshua Bell © Ken Leanfore
Sydney

Semi-conductor creates electric atmosphere: Joshua Bell and the ASMF in Sydney

By , 22 April 2017
****1
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Harriet Krijgh © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

A pot-pourri of British music in Sydney

By , 21 April 2017
***11
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Richard Tognetti, Helena Rathbone and the ACO © Zan Wimberley
Sydney

Outbreak of Violins: the ACO plays Bach and Haydn at the Sydney Opera House

By , 09 April 2017
****1
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Sydney

Tender and demonic: the music and music-making of four supremely gifted young Russians

By , 03 March 2017
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Teodor Ilincăi (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Tosca under Nazi occupation breaks hearts at Opera Australia

By , 25 February 2017
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Maxim Vengerov © Benjamin Ealovega
Sydney

The ‘unplayable’ played brilliantly: Vengerov with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

By , 17 February 2017
****1
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Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Sicilian inspiration: Szymanowski's King Roger arrives in Sydney

By , 20 January 2017
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Dragana Radakovic (Santuzza), Dominica Matthews (Mamma Lucia) and Diego Torre (Turiddu) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Joined at the hip: Michieletto's brilliantly interwoven Cav & Pag in Sydney

By , 12 January 2017
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Sydney

Guitar hero: the ACO excels in Sydney

By , 06 November 2016
*****
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Nelson Freire © Mat Hennek
Sydney

Lyrical touch and immaculate phrasing: Nelson Freire's Schumann with the Sydney Symphony

By , 23 September 2016
****1
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Anna O'Byrne (Eliza Doolittle) © Jeff Busby
Sydney

My Fair Dame: Julie Andrews reigns in Sydney

By , 06 September 2016
****1
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George Petean (Boccanegra) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Sterling performances help Simon Boccanegra shine in Sydney

By , 26 July 2016
****1
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Andrew Jones (Guglielmo) and David Portillo (Ferrando) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Through a class darkly: McVicar's Così in Sydney

By , 19 July 2016
****1
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Midori © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Sydney

No Harbour view, but Midori Gotō’s elegant playing conquers Sydney

By , 26 June 2016
***11
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Sydney

Finely chiselled and tightly wrought Vaughan Williams in Sydney

By , 24 June 2016
****1
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Rosario La Spina (The Prince) and Catherine Bouchier (Princess Nicoletta) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Laugh out loud production of The Love for Three Oranges in Sydney

By , 22 June 2016
****1
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Yonghoon Lee (Don José) and Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Dance of Death: Carmen at Opera Australia

By , 21 June 2016
****1
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Lang Lang © Harald Hoffmann | Sony Classical
Sydney

Extrovert and buoyant: Lang Lang's Grieg in Sydney

By , 10 June 2016
****1
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Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

“And there was light”: Masaaki Suzuki conducts Haydn’s Creation in Sydney

By , 11 May 2016
****1
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© Oleg Caetani
Sydney

Caetani and the Sydney Symphony tackle Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

By , 06 May 2016
*****
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Christoph von Dohnányi © Bertold Fabricius
Sydney

Never too late for a debut: Christoph von Dohnányi in Sydney

By , 08 April 2016
****1
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

Aiming for the stars with Messiaen in Sydney

By , 11 March 2016
****1
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Wynton Marsalis © Janusz Kawa
Sydney

Marsalis in Sydney: "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"

By , 27 February 2016
****1
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Sydney

Tea and Symphony: James Ehnes and the Sydney SO

By , 19 February 2016
****1
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Sydney

Traditional Beethoven splendidly executed in Sydney

By , 17 February 2016
****1
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