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Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

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Hot on the heels of the success of Downton Abbey, which captivated the hearts of English viewers during 2010, comes news of the all new three part series of its inspiration, Upstairs Downstairs. It is another character laden piece filled with wonderfully flawed people ensuring that everyone viewing feels right at home.

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

Shock of Gray: the challenge is to find solutions

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The world’s population is rapidly aging and, by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us understand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families. Everyone is touched by this issue parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

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.

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!”

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.

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

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The highly skilled and accomplished young Australian born tenor Andrew Goodwin will sing the challenging role of Orpheus in the Sydney based Pinchgut Opera’s production of Joseph Haydn’s l’Anima del Filosofo: Orpheus+Eurydice this December.

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

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Australian born opera singer Elena Xanthoudakis, whose heritage on her father’s side is appropriately Greek, is starring as Eurydice, and the Spirit this December in the Pinchgut Opera’s presentation of L’Anima del Filosofo – Orpheus + Eurydice by Joseph Haydn at Sydney. A must for opera buffs it will also seduce those who are opera virgins.