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Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

Ben Eltham October 26, 2016 6 Comments

The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.

It ain’t over til … well, now, maybe, for opera companies

It ain’t over til … well, now, maybe, for opera companies

Ben Eltham September 29, 2015 3 Comments

The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.

Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

Ben Eltham May 29, 2015 8 Comments

In the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis' audacious shake-up of arts funding, the cultural sector is on the brink of civil war.

Media briefs: government-supplied footage … spelling it out … Barrow appeals …

Media briefs: government-supplied footage … spelling it out … Barrow appeals …

Crikey January 6, 2015

What the TV networks told viewers about footage given to them by the government. And other media tidbits of the day.

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor’s job

Anything Goes, even Alan Jones stealing a real actor’s job

Jason Whittaker 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...

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

Ray Gill 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.

Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

Helen Razer June 26, 2014 10 Comments

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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Crikey June 23, 2014 3 Comments

Tasmania, the black sheep of Australia? ... staff dissent at Opera Australia ... Qld Labor lives on ...

The Ring looked more like cheap bling

Crikey November 28, 2013 3 Comments

Tacky stage design of the Ring disappointed audiences and would have benefited from a single artist's vision, writes critic and historian Ian Britain.

Ring Cycle: if you can watch 16 hours of opera, read on

Ring Cycle: if you can watch 16 hours of opera, read on

Crikey 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.