October 26, 2016 6
The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.
September 29, 2015 3
The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.
May 29, 2015 8
In the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis' audacious shake-up of arts funding, the cultural sector is on the brink of civil war.
January 6, 2015
What the TV networks told viewers about footage given to them by the government. And other media tidbits of the day.
September 5, 2014
Why has Australia’s most heavily subsidised arts company, Opera Australia, cast Alan Jones in its production of Anything Goes? The company's artistic director, Lyndon Terracini, claims it's the shock jock's "wicked sense of humour". Hmmm, only one of those words accurately describes Jones...
August 1, 2014
A review of four government-funded opera companies around Australia should revitalise this adventurous and resilient art form and find new ways to engage more artists and audiences.
June 26, 2014 10
Do you hate freedom or do you hate brown people? These were the choices on offer -- but it's a false dichotomy, and you can reject both terms.
June 23, 2014 3
Tasmania, the black sheep of Australia? ... staff dissent at Opera Australia ... Qld Labor lives on ...
November 28, 2013 3
Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist's vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.
November 20, 2013
Wagner's 16 hour-long Ring Cycle is not for the casual opera fan, but die-hards are in for a treat.
October 16, 2013 1
Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams plans to launch defamation proceedings today against Fairfax Media over an article claiming he stormed out of a Sydney Opera House Trust board meeting ... and other media tidbits.
April 2, 2013
It's as good as Carmen can be, indoors or out. Opera Australia's Sydney Harbour spectacle might not be pure, but it's a visual feast and the performers are world-class, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.
January 30, 2013 2
The SMH knows no boundaries ... empty chair at Opera Australia ... Abbott's terra nullius ...
January 17, 2013 1
Changes at helm of Opera Australia, Brisbane film festival ... do the Freemasons run the joint? ... Tony Abbott's nickname ...
October 18, 2012
Gale Edwards breathes new life into a classic biblical tale for Opera Australia. It’s confronting theatre rich with context, wit and gaudy panache, says Lloyd Bradford Syke.
September 28, 2012
New data released by the Australia Council confirms stagnating audiences for the nation's largest performing arts organisations. But companies say it's not as bad as it looks.
September 6, 2012 5
A major new analysis of public source attendance data for Australian performing arts companies published today by Crikey reveals stagnating audiences across the sector.
August 29, 2012 3
Last night 1000 locals from the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah sat in the shade of a humongous mango tree to watch an opera. Crikey travelled to Far North Queensland to witness what it meant to locals.
March 28, 2012
Lyndon Terracini is embarking on a revolution to make a night out at the opera fashionable again, starting with his $12.5 million outdoor extravaganza La traviata, writes Tom Cowie.
November 11, 2011 25
The reason opera is a "heritage" artform is that its audiences don't want to see new operas. Time to abandon the fiction that it deserves more public funding than anything else.