Opera Australia thought all they had to worry about with Friday's opening night of Carmen on Sydney harbour was the bleak weather forecast that threatens the production.
Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
It was love at first sight – or sound, at least – when Australian multi-instrumentalist David Lewis first encountered French chanteuse Belle du Berry singing with her group La Belle Equipe.
Just as Fairfax photographer Wolter Peeters was wondering how to make the best of a rather damp photo shoot in the Domain this week, the rain cleared and a rainbow obligingly appeared above the SQI dancers rehearsing for their big night.
Most warm evenings you can find Peter Phillips and his partner sitting on their verandah enjoying a glass of wine as they listen to Maurice Ravel or, perhaps, Claude Debussy play the magnificent grand piano in their lounge.
In 1973 the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy, was invited to tour China.
Director Wesley Enoch's first Sydney Festival program has something for everyone. Just like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get as you thumb through the thick festival guide.
Before Javier Pena signed on as a consultant to the hit Netflix TV show Narcos he made one thing very clear to the producers.
Think of it like a piece of theatre – Hamlet, perhaps – is Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani's advice for listeners approaching Beethoven's monumental and famously dense final string quartet, Op 131.
If you don't know much about art and perhaps don't even know what you like, organisers of The Other Art Fair believe they may be able to help.