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Initially, I confused Maria Callas with Diamanda Galas. The latter, I thought, would be a great subject for a play. When I realised my mistake I was a little disappointed because although Maria Callas did indeed lead an eventful life and was obviously worthy of celebrating in the form of a play, I don’t really like opera. And after reading ... Read More »

David Bowie exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago debuts Sennheiser technology

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CHICAGO, IL.- The David Bowie Is exhibition makes its US debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on September 23, 2014, and brings new Sennheiser technology that enables visitors to have a unique, multi-faceted journey of David Bowie’s sound and style. In this partnership, the MCA and the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London – who curated the ... Read More »

Opera Australia reveals lavish 2015 season

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The very grandest of grand opera, Verdi’s Don Carlos, is the top attraction in Opera Australia’s 2015 Melbourne season, announced on Monday. The pinnacle of the art form at its most massive in the late 19th century, Don Carlos features a top-drawer cast in a lavish multimillion-dollar new production. Set in 16th century Spain, it tells of the doomed love of Carlos and Elisabeth of ... Read More »

Mercedes does Callas in a masterclass

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When does an actor ever stop performing? Even off-stage, Maria Mercedes is an instinctive storyteller. Leaning forward, eyes alight, hoop earrings swinging, she’ll set the scene. Places hold meaning and memory for her. She’ll tell you about the spot down the road in the inner north where her father once had a milk bar. Or the time she demanded her ... Read More »

Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking

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Published on 8 Aug 2014 Megan Washington is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has ... Read More »

Peter Sculthorpe, composer of Kakadu and Earth Cry, dies, aged 85

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AUSTRALIAN music’s elder statesman, composer Peter Sculthorpe, has died in Sydney. He was 85. Best known as a composer of orchestral and chamber works, Sculthorpe had a long career that started from his earliest compositions at age nine. From the 1960s he was a pioneer of music that sought an authentic expression of Australia, its landscape and people. He introduced ... Read More »

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment

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Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture. They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation. The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, ... Read More »

Cauldron controversy: why the Olympic settlement is a milestone for designers

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Bright idea … fireworks above the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images The settlement between Atopia and Locog is one of the few legal wranglings over intellectual property to become public – and shows just how hard it is to prove an idea is one of a kind News that the ... Read More »

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

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Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting. Should playing classical music be a matter of life and death? Horrifying reports last year claimed that North Korea’s unpredictable ruler Kim Jong-un had ordered the executions by machine-gun fire of a dozen North Korean musicians from the Unhasu ... Read More »