Filarmonica della Scala 2

Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum, followed – in almost complete contrast – by Ottorino Respighi’s Fontane di Roma and his Pini di Roma brought my Edinburgh Festival reviews to a soaring close. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brilliant Boheme

The opera, La boheme, is set in Paris in 1830, and reflects the birth of Bohemian culture, blending nostalgia and innovation, and brought to life with drama, music, voices and lovely instrumental contributions in harmony.

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Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid

I first saw Meow Meow when she appeared two years ago with another Melbourne citizen, Barry Humphries, at the Usher Hall.

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Pitch Perfect

The Opening Concert of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival featured Haydn’s Symphony No 94 in G major – ‘The Surprise’ – and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2 Lobgesang Op 52.

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Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart with darker interpretation.

When the programme notes accompanying a Festival high-end production run to 12 pages, I wonder if it takes away some of the magic of the unfolding performance? Read the rest of this entry »

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Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

I saw Barry Humphries a couple of years ago at his last Farewell Tour. Naturally he’s back, but this is the real Barry Humphries, a culture-hungry Australian, who 70 years ago while still at school, came across a collection of sheet music published in Vienna in the 1920s, filled with European composers he had never heard of.

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