The opera by British composer Benjamin Britten has long been regarded as a "problem work".
Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
Approaching his 29th year leading the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti still seems like a man in a hurry, boiling with fresh ideas and ambition.
It is nearly 20 years since Emma Dunch quit as a publicist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and moved to the US, where she carved out a successful career in arts management and fund-raising.
Jess has severe cerebral palsy and performing in this ensemble is the culmination of one of her long-cherished dreams.
There are precious few instruments that can challenge the volume of a symphony orchestra in full flight, but the huge Japanese drums called odaiko are more than up to the task.
With just two hours' notice that he would have to "go on" because one of his leading actors had been felled by the flu, there was no time for Ensemble Theatre artistic director Mark Kilmurry to be nervous.
Shand, who has contributed to The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 24 years, won the award for a piece entitled The Role of Music in a Post-Truth World.
The tenure of Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor David Robertson has been extended to six years in what he has described as a "vote of confidence" from the orchestra.
St Mary's Cathedral is mostly deserted on this Thursday morning. But as the 22 boy choristers of the cathedral choir begin singing, the few tourists wandering around grabbing iPhone snaps are suddenly transfixed.
Sydney Theatre Company has announced that Maggie McKenna will take the lead role for its upcoming production, Muriel's Wedding The Musical, the stage version of the much-loved 1994 film starring Toni Collette.