Othello and Desdemona, Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle, circa 1827.
“They have been crucifying Othello into an opera,” Lord Byron later wrote after watching Rossini's opera. But the performance does much to highlight the play's racial politics.
Stunning: the new-look Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden has spent £50m to rejuvenate its image and shake off its elitist tag.
Samuel Dundas and Siobhan Stagg in Victorian Opera’s production of Pelléas and Mélisande.
Pelléas and Mélisande tells a story of forbidden love between its title characters, set in the fictitious kingdom of Allemonde. However the action offstage before the opera's 1902 premiere was just as dramatic.
South African-born composer Stanley Glasser's musical legacy is in many ways unknown in his motherland which he left under political duress in 1963, and awaits critical engagement.
Francesco Francia, Madonna and Saints (detail).
How would a Jacobean servant react to a trumpet flourish?
Participants in A Tasmanian Requiem, a musical performance addressing Tasmania’s Black War.
A Tasmanian Requiem brings together Western and Aboriginal voices to confront the violence of the state's Black War. It shows what a historical reckoning, and reconciliation, might look and sound like.
Kendrick Lamar in the music video for Humble.
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Whether it is art or pop, high or low, terms such as creativity, authenticity, innovation and uniqueness can help us judge a work of music. And Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. brims with these qualities.
Beethoven monument on the Beethovenplatz square in Vienna, Austria. The monument was unveiled in 1880.
The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony gave us 'Ode to Joy', one of the most famous tunes of all time. But the composer initially thought he'd made a grave mistake with it.
South African born pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
A new recording of South African composer Arnold van Wyk's complete solo piano music explores new perspectives.
The power of the Easter story gave birth to the most beautiful music of the Christian calendar.
Road to nowhere?
Sergio Delle Vedove
Divine inspiration was at the centre of music for thousands of years – until post-war conservatoires got other ideas.
Aryan Kaganof (2017)
Performing art music in South Africa today is ideologically ambiguous. And in this ambiguity, there is much artistic and intellectual interest.
Mezzo soprano Eve Klein performed two compositions while a medical laryngoscope, inserted into her throat, revealed the movement of her vocal chords.
Listeners often describe the music presented at Tasmania's Mofo festival as 'weird'. But to do so sells the experience short.
Johann Sebastian Bach was 30 when he became head of music in Anhalt-Cöthen, in what is now Germany. Here he started an uncharted experiment in classical music: solo works for string instruments.
Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik, 1920.
Sergei Rachmaninoff fled the Russian revolution 100 years ago. Spending the remainder of his life in the US, he composed what is perhaps his greatest work in 1940, the Symphonic Dances.
The 1976 memorial at the Babi Yar massacre site only recognised Soviet victims, despite the killing of more than 30,000 Jewish people. In 1991 a Jewish memorial was installed nearby.
On September 29 1941, Nazis murdered more than 30,000 Jews in a ravine outside Kiev. Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, is a damning critique of the Soviet Union's lack of recognition of the massacre, and a condemnation of Stalinism.
In Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (winter’s journey), a man steps out on a mid-winter night to rid himself of his lost love.
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A year before his death at 31 Franz Schubert published 'Winterreise' or 'winter's journey', a series of 24 poems set to music exploring unrequited love. Schubert described them as 'truly terrible'.
Swedish organist Anna von Hausswolff.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.
George Dreyfus, centre, holding a bassoon and Walter Wurzburger, far left, holding a clarinet.
JC Williamson production 1949
In the late 1930s, Australia sought to restrict the flow of refugees, ruling that musicians were 'unsuitable' as migrants. Yet some talented Jewish musicians did arrive here and their work has enriched our cultural life.
Debussy’s Clair de Lune belongs to the Impressionist movement, which included visual artists like Claude Monet.
Debussy's Clair de Lune, meaning 'moonlight', is one of the most easily recognised pieces of music, but its origins are complex. The piece was influenced by poetry, Baroque music and the Impressionist movement.