A Cunning Blog

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13th October 2016
by harryfiddler
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Yesterday and today

I went to hear the ACO and Julia Lezhneva last night. It was quite something. The performers left the stage after the fourth encore. Fair enough. They probably wanted to get home, or have a drink. The audience would happily have … Continue reading

29th September 2016
by harryfiddler
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Drumroll please…

Are you ready? https://unbound.com/books/sanctuary I’m thrilled and not a little bit nervous to announce my new book, Sanctuary, a history of Dartington International Summer School in words and pictures. You may have gathered from that something was in the pipeline. … Continue reading

26th July 2016
by harryfiddler
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Frocks away

Another serve of delicious salted caramel ice-cream on Sunday night at the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (formerly the Sun Aria Awards) in the Concourse at Chatswood. Again, I’m not going to review the singers’ performances. Again, they were all performing … Continue reading

25th February 2015
by harryfiddler
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New music and new audiences

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Lyndon Terracini, artistic director of Opera Australia, saying that ‘audiences don’t want to see new works,‘ The context is him defending his 2015 programming choices, which have been broadly discussed elsewhere. … Continue reading

1st March 2014
by harryfiddler
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Dancing to Opera

I’ve seen two operas in the last week: Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed Richard Strauss’s Elektra, in semi-staged concert, while Opera Australia gave us Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, fully-staged. There was some glorious music-making in both, but what got me thinking was the use … Continue reading