Comparing Beethoven to punk rockers is based on the composer’s attitude to tradition, but is it an accurate categorization?
In popular media, Beethoven is imagined as a punk rocker. But what do these claims reflect about our relationship to classical music?
Two female models face off in a production of
The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University. Above, the Queen of the Night is up to no good, while the passive Pamina awaits her rescuer.
Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. “Le Dernier Sorcier”, composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.
Juan de Dios Mateos as Cavalier Belfiore and Ruth Iniesta as Corinna in Opera Australia’s 2019 production of Il Viaggio a Reims at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Gioachino Rossini’s opera was originally meant as a satire of royalist France. A new production updates the work for a modern audience, setting the drama in a museum where the paintings come to life.
Preliminary drawing of title page for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), 26:7, The Maurice Sendak Collection.
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation.
The book took eight years from conception to publication. In the earliest dummy, the monsters that millions have grown to love actually started out as horses.
A unique production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is playing at this year’s Perth Festival.
A new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute uses animation to bring the fantastical opera to life.
First page of Liszt's opera Sardanapalo, GSA 60 / N4. Photo © Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Should unfinished art remain so?
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.
Dancers in Opera Australia’s 2018 production of Aida at the Sydney Opera House.
Opera Australia’s new production of Aida features movable LED panels with digital scenery. It’s part of a revolution transforming the art form.
Mosaics by artist Chuck Close on the walls of the new 86th Street subway station on the Second Avenue line in New York.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File
In his short play from 1830, ‘Mozart and Salieri,’
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin proposed that genius and evil are incompatible. Here’s why this argument is worth revisiting in light of #MeToo.
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.
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.
Music and work don’t always mix.
Listening to your favourite album might not be the best idea if you’ve got something to do.
Babies start their musical development in the womb.
There a number of ways you can use music to shape your child’s brain for success, from 16 weeks gestation right up until they start school.
Singing helps us remember information.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
St Cecilia’s Hall.
The Scottish capital is reopening a well kept secret: one of the world’s finest collections of vintage sound machines.
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The conditions for originality in a piece of writing.
Non-addictive and cost-effective, music can reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep and lessen sleep disturbances.
New Mozart production set in 1930s Eritrea made headlines when ticket holders in Edinburgh were offered refunds – before the event.
Classical or hip-hop, music often feels like it has healing properties and now scientists have proved it.
Regional tours such as Opera Australia’s cross-country circuit with The Magic Flute deliver real benefits to the communities they visit.
Albert Comper, Opera Australia
Since July, Mozart’s popular opera, The Magic Flute, has been touring regional Australia. The Opera Australia production, a version of Mozart’s classic reinvented by Australian playwright Michael Gow and…