So the Tudors is finished Showtime. Bring on the Borgias!

So the Tudors is finished Showtime. Bring on the Borgias!

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WOW, was all I could say when I viewed the trailer for The Borgias, the next blockbuster from Showtime, which brought us The Tudors, one of the most fabulous television series of all time. This new series will star one of my all time favourite actors, Jeremy Irons, as Pope Alexander VI (1431 – 1503), best known for his corrupt rule. What he lacked in morals he made up for by trailblazing intrigue with a capital I.

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

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Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice and Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus in the 2010 Pinchgut Opera production of Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice – photographs by Simon Hodgson

There was a breathtaking moment during the first hour of the 5pm Sunday performance of the Pinchgut Opera’s 2010 production of composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)’s L’anima del filosofo, Orpheus + Eurydice when I became aware of a most beautiful moment of stillness yet attained by any audience I have ever known at the Opera.

It seemed to me as if it was collectively holding its breath so as not to disturb the sheer beauty and depth of the emotional intensity attained in a duet being sung so superbly by the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice portrayed so brilliantly by soprano Elena Xanthoudakis and tenor Andrew Goodwin. Their voices blended into a moment of such perfection that it was truly hard to comprehend and for me, quite literally hard to come to terms with. It felt like dying and going to heaven all that the same time.

Choir by Della Robbia

Hallelujah Chorus: Surprise & Elation at Macy’s, New York

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How clever of the Opera Company of Philadelphia to infiltrate the shoppers at Macy’s in New York and sing the Hallelujah Chorus as a surprise, lighting a spark

Make a Difference This Christmas – help people experiencing homelessness

Make a Difference This Christmas – help people experiencing homelessness

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StreetSmart Australia is a unique organization with a simple idea that really works. They have partnered with many great Australian restaurants where, in the lead-up to Christmas, every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It’s a simple idea that has a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

The Tourist, would you be ready to go to Venice in 20 minutes?

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The Tourist is a movie all about an American tourist’s playful dalliance with a stranger that begins on a train and leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. To coin the words of super sleuth author ‘Richard Castle’, “I know, isn’t it great!”

Technology – T’riffic but T’rrible too…

Technology – T’riffic but T’rrible too…

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An article in The Age recently said that ‘WE COULD blithely drive into a lake if instructed by a GPS device. We can barely add a few numbers without a calculator. And, are our mobile phones and all those other so-called smart devices really making us dumb? Little did I know that over the next few days I would be tested on all the points Conrad the journalist had brought up in his article and, more.

Lullaby Sweet Baby – Songs of Love and Nurture

Lullaby Sweet Baby – Songs of Love and Nurture

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Listening to Elizabeth (Beth) McBride’s new CD Lullaby Sweet Baby we experience the power of beautiful music… and how it truly washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. If you have babies, or are expecting one, then this beautiful CD of lullabies is the Christmas stocking present for 2010.

Alchemy, pure gold performing music for strings and harpsichord

Alchemy, pure gold performing music for strings and harpsichord

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Alchemy performs regularly on original and replica instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the art of harmony of music expressed perfect happiness and inner peace through bold and harmonic forms that could also be enjoyed by the soul in heaven. Based on the same principles of proportion and harmony present in architecture and gardens, Baroque music (circa 1600 – 1750) was all at once a triumph of structured symmetry and the manifestation of an ideal and a model for the community and its life.

Music of the Month: Laique, ‘Cravin just a little Misbehavin’ – An Album review of Jazz to keep you Swinging

Music of the Month: Laique, ‘Cravin just a little Misbehavin’ – An Album review of Jazz to keep you Swinging

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All those at the launch night of the first album by the all new slightly offbeat, awesome, cool, definitely new age groovy jazz group Laique, must have certainly enjoyed getting down with Cravin just a little Misbehavin their premier album. At the end of the day it would have been just the right mix to keep everyone going all night.

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

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Eighteenth century Composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo will premiere at Sydney, Australia Thursday 2 December 2010. It is being sung for four nights only. 2, 4, 5 and 7 December at the Angel Place Recital Hall. It is an opera in Italian in four acts whose libretto is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, as told in first century Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

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Artist John Anderson’s exhibition of new works confirms his enthusiasm for the beauty of birds in the Australian landscape. He has recorded his delight for future generations before many beautiful birds become extinct or, otherwise disappear beneath the onslaught of civilization.

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

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Meeting New Zealand born painter, sculptor, drawing and chalk artist Amelia (Mealie) Batchelor, whose view of life is a continual journey of discovery, has been one of great joy. We met at Brisbane where we had both found ourselves after leaving the cities where we were born. Me Sydney, she Auckland.