Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios’ The Dark World from 2013.
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Ancient tales of gods and heroes and medieval Scandinavia help us make sense of things like masculinity, betrayal, revenge and the end of the world.
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In many countries, helpful background information and context is offered to audiences in the accompanying program – why are Australians missing out?
US actor Kevin Spacey is escorted into Nantucket District Court in January for arraignment on a sexual assault charge. His lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
If it is wrong to censure art or refuse to display it because of its content, how can it be right to shun it because of the behaviour of the artist?
The cast of Opera Australia’s 2018 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremburg) is a long, complex work. An ensemble performance by Opera Australia transports Wagner’s 16th-century guild of mastersingers to a modern-day men’s club.
Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.
With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.
St Cecilia’s Hall.
The Scottish capital is reopening a well kept secret: one of the world’s finest collections of vintage sound machines.
Trump’s use of a Puccini aria has caused some raised eyebrows.
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Donald Trump has been accused of using a ‘fascist’ Puccini aria at rallies. But labelling this music as fascist is deeply problematic.
With the launch of The Flying Dutchman, opera is sailing the seven seas – in 3D.
3D goggles might be commonplace at the cinema, but few associate the opera with digital technology, or would ever expect to wear 3D goggles in a theatre. A new production of The Flying Dutchman, created…