A Cunning Blog

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28th October 2017
by harryfiddler

Songs of Love and War

Things I have learnt this year from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Constantine Costi likes blindfolds, Paul Dyer likes mark trees and if Natasha Wilson is on the program, you need to be there. It’s been a thoroughly theatrical year for the … Continue reading

27th November 2016
by harryfiddler

Porgy and Bess

It was a crowded house last night. Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, an all-star cast and a packed Concert Hall within. And without, all of Bennelong Point swarming with people either inside the enclosure, on the steps, or outside, … Continue reading

4th November 2016
by harryfiddler
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Opera: the opera

In the grand tradition of writers writing about writing and painters painting pictures of painters painting, Opera Australia presents an opera about opera. They have the perfect setting, after all: a huge stepped stage with a stunning backdrop, lit by … Continue reading

26th July 2016
by harryfiddler

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

20th May 2011
by harryfiddler

The Code: a guide to concert dressing, part 2

I had to review the Australian Brandenburg concert for SMH last Friday. It was, as expected, a great concert. I make no secret of the fact that I’m a fan of mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell and have been ever since … Continue reading