Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.
Each year Ian and Lee Lucas open their lovely parklands at beautiful Montville in Queensland for you to enjoy music from the great composers.
The act of reading has been for me, in my lifetime, both saviour and friend. I particularly love reading about people. So biographies are always near the top of my list. And, having worked in the creative industry for much of my life, poetry, classic novels, art, design and style books are next…but
G’day Oprah. Welcome to Australia. The first image we have of you in Australia is cuddling a Koala, the quintessential shot to have. As you tour around Australia in these last weeks before Christmas in pursuit of happiness on your ‘farewell tour’ we would wish that you go well. For many you are the Santa Claus coming down the chimney or in the door this holiday season.
Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen sings with the Metropolitan Opera, la Scala, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and in Glasgow with the Scottish Opera. She is being brought to Australia by Sound Thinking Australia to mentor singers in a Summer School at Brisbane in January. She will give one concert performance only while she is here at GoMa
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.
It seems someone believes the Harrington Commode is likely to be by eighteenth century master craftsman Thomas Chippendale based on the price received at Auction overnight at Sotheby’s, London
An alert about the Christmas Can Can was sent to me by a friend in Shanghai, who always finds the time to source out some of the most creative, charming and amusing videos around. Enter into the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy
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.
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
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!”
Erhu master soloist Ma Xiao Hui will perform her beautiful and elegant Erhu music at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony at the Gold Coast
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.
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.
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.
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.