Hunting the balance between the Southern Cross tattoo and The Merry Widow. WARNING: This is long. For the past few years, I’ve made a tradition of sitting down with all the season launches of the principal Major Performing Arts music companies (and a few broader comparisons) and working out what percentage of their programming for… Read More Australian Content in 2018
UPDATE- 1 October 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra have done a remarkable U-turn of their position, today issuing three statements reversing their initial ill-advised position on neutrality. This is more like it! The three statements are from the musicians, the incoming CEO Emma Dunch and the board itself. They are all worth reading- particularly the personal… Read More Sorry, Am I Getting Too Political?
One of my ongoing rants for anyone foolish enough to give me a soapbox is the state of opera in Australia. Recently, the American website New Music Box ran a fascinating article by Sasha Metcalf on the state of the American Opera scene, and how its comparative robust health is the result of some very… Read More On Opera in Australia
Ravel’s Bolero– a piece which deserves the nomenclature of iconic- has a very important role to play in my life. It’s a piece which makes most musicians roll their eyes- overexposed, boring to play, become a cliche, not again. I refuse to be among those musicians! For I will defend Bolero with knives. With. Knives.… Read More A Visit to Bolero Land
I think it’s fair to say that the Handa Opera on the Harbour- Opera Australia’s annual outing to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair- is somewhat of a cultural tourism juggernaut (to the extent that the surtitles are also presented in Mandarin). It is in almost every measure an overwhelming enterprise, from the spectacular location looking back across… Read More Ian Goes to an Opera. On water!
I am a fundamentally lazy person. I quite enjoy being busy, but getting started, the effort involved in actually putting myself into gear, is something I go to monumental efforts to avoid. I once saw a fleeting exchange with Cher on TV and she described herself as a ‘lazy person who works very hard’ and… Read More Ian Goes to a Concert
It’s the most glorious time of the year! I’ve been a-counting and a-gnashing! And with it, I begin the task of considering Australian content in the seasons of our major music organisations. The count is from season publicity- ie the publicly available brochure- so typically doesn’t include education and other outreach programs which often aren’t… Read More Australian works in 2017: The rankings