Mandolin minstrel and opera darling sparkle

Richard Tognetti leads the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Mandolin player Avi Avital brings musical intensity to an instrument that Mozart, in the aria Deh vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni, characterised as mostly suitable for light plinking and plonking.

Faith rewarded with triumphant return

She's back: Paloma Faith

Returning to work after maternity leave, British singer Paloma Faith feared she would be "replaced with something better" in her absence. Faith's triumphant return to Australia after three years proves she had nothing to worry about.

Sampa the Great wants to set her story straight

Sampa the Great: ''The culture of rap is liberation music.''

​Sampa the Great didn't get the memo that artists should be of the tortured persuasion. She peppers her speech with gales of laughter. She wants you to know: "My childhood was pretty dope."