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.
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
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 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.