Performers in Speechless, a new opera by composer Cat Hope, co-commissioned by the Perth Festival and Tura New Music. The opera is a response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2014 report into children in immigration detention.
Despite the exclusion of their creative work from mainstream opera companies, Australian women composers are creating spaces for themselves, writing work that tackles urgent social issues.
Composer William Barton in 2013. Indigenous composers have long been working in the field, but the contribution of Indigenous music and culture to Australian composition deserves greater recognition.
Australian composers have long referenced Indigenous music and culture in their works. A new platform paper suggests a more collaborative way forward.
Painting of Schubert performing by Julius Schmid (1897).
Telecommunications company Huawei has used artificial intelligence to complete Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. But the result fails to capture the spirit of Schubert's original compositions.
The recorder was one of the most popular instruments during the Baroque period, and was more commonly made of wood.
Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
André Rieu performs in his Sydney Town Hall performance.
André Rieu Productions
Few classical musicians can fill out an 8,000 seat hall. But then few classical musicians are like André Rieu.
András Schiff performing: his utmost focus is on effectuating his singularly unique sense of musical style.
Schiff persuaded his near-capacity audience to remain completely silent until the very end of each half of the program – a major coup.
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.
Screenshot from Youtube
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.