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Sasha Waltz’s production of Dido and Aeneas is a breathtaking visual spectacle. Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival review: Dido and Aeneas

One thing is for sure – the first performances of Henry Purcell’s baroque masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, currently playing at the Sydney Festival, would have been seen in a far less spectacular, and challenging…
Bicentenary celebrations have re-invigorated the ‘Wagner question’ around the world. Jeff Busby

Why we must keep talking about Wagner and antisemitism

As part of the wave of Wagnermania currently sweeping Melbourne — including Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle and a month-long Ring Festival — a symposium titled Wagner and Us will take place at the…
Wagner has been inflaming people for a long time. Jeff Busby

The Melbourne Ring Cycle is a once in a century celebration

Even if you’ve not had the chance to see it, you’ll know Melbourne is currently going to town over Wagner and The Ring Cycle. There’s a clear historic precedent for this – but we have to go back a whole…
The Melbourne Ring Cycle is big, befitting the opera’s stature. Jeff Busby

Explainer: Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen

It should come as no surprise in the nation that gave the world the Big Pineapple, the Big Guitar, the Big Sheep, and, for that matter, a Big Ad, that the size of a cultural artefact in and of itself is…
The Melbourne Ring Cycle is expensive – but it may be worth it. Keith Saunders

Should we fund Wagner operas or statues of Kyle Sandilands?

The cultural dollar is tight. Why spend taxpayers’ money on mounting Wagner operas rather than – say – erecting a mile-high statue of Kyle Sandilands on the moon warning alien civilisations what to expect…
Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House need to work together to secure opera’s future. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

How Australian opera lost the plot

It was built for the art form but you’d be forgiven for thinking the Sydney Opera House is a little ashamed of opera. Months go by without any mention of opera performances on the Opera House’s Facebook…
Music is the language of love – and it exemplifies some principles of science. Roxanne Milward

This is a love song: the physics of music and the music of physics

My wife Theresa represents many things for me – in addition to being my partner, I see her as a 17cm-long quarter-wavelength resonator (which I hope you’ll understand and agree with by the end of this…

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