On August 15th I’ll be chairing a Business Breakfast to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Yarraville Community Centre, a beautiful National Trust-registered building which houses a wide range of community organisations servicing the west. Guest speakers will include former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, and the aim is to raise a million dollars in corporate sponsorship to match the funding promised by state and local governments.
Couple of recent highlights in the Melbourne arts scene:
The Coronation of Poppea – the Victorian Opera production of this 17th century opera features some of the most beautiful singing i’ve heard on stage in this town for a very long time. Counter-tenor David Hansen (Nerone), mezzo-soprano Sally Wilson (La Fortuna, Ottavia) and bass Paul Hughes (Seneca) are the stand-outs in a strong cast, and though the direction occasionally strays into the gratuitously bawdy, this new version of Monteverdi’s and Sacrati’s opera is definitely worth seeing. On at the South Melbourne Town Hall (perfect acoustics) until July 26th.
Art Deco: 1910 to 1939 – the National Gallery of Victoria’s latest blockbuster has been attracting huge crowds, which is great, and also a shame, because it can be hard to get a close look at all the beautiful objets, artworks, frocks and film footage which make up this enormous exhibition of Art Deco Stuff. But it’s worth getting up early for, and making sure you have a few hours to spend inside the only-just-adequately-lit exhibition spaces in the St Kilda Rd building. You’ll want to take it all home. On until October 5th.
And keep an eye out for the Travel lift-out in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday July 26th – an article i wrote recently about cutting edge arts in New York will be published at last!