Handel’s obscure early eighteenth century comic  opera  Partenope is juxtaposed against Man Ray’s surrealist artwork of the 1920s in a three hour plus marathon of … Read more


Opera Australia has lined up three of the most popular operas in the traditional canon for their summer season. First Madama Butterfly, then Carmen… Read more

No one is cleverer than Clever Moore

With a state election less than one month away, Sydney’s Local Member and Lord Mayor, Clover Moore has suddenly relaxed her attitude towards revelry on … Read more

Crowded House

As the the State Labor Party’s sixteen year long reign draws to a close, inner city residents can reflect on the brave new world the … Read more


Opera Australia’s current production of Carmen is a sensuous affair. Rinat Shaham – the Israeli born mezzo soprano – performs the fiery Gypsy lead role … Read more


If you have never been to the opera, Madama Butterfly is an excellent place to start: the storyline is easy to follow; the music is … Read more

Why Melbourne is leaving Sydney in the dust

With a cheap last minute flight booked on a budget carrier, I jetted off to Melbourne for the weekend. Tucked away in a reasonable room … Read more

Village of the Damned

Late last year, the City of Sydney convened a new retail advisory panel comprised primarily of large CBD corporate interests including Westfield, David Jones, the … Read more

Marking the Julian Calendar

Talk about a public relations disaster: our own Aussie battler Julian Assange was locked up in a London prison while Oprah Winfrey and her entourage … Read more

Sydney’s Party Poopers Pull Out All the Stops

Right out on Bourke Street, locals are grooving on the granite footpath as they devour delicious Asian finger food. For several years, Miss Chu “the … Read more