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Canberra’s National Opera presents Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
10, 13, 15, 17 April 2021
Accompanied by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dane Lam

Themes of power, love, jealousy, guilt, treachery and forgiveness make this a perfect piece for National Opera’s 2021 season in its Canberra home, the seat of the nation’s political power.

The all-Australian cast includes Bradley Daley as Tito, Helena Dix as Vitellia, Catherine Carby as Sesto, Eleanor Greenwood as Annio, Mikayla Tate as Servilia and Andrew Collis as Publio.

Barbie spoke to National Opera’s Artistic Director, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, at the season launch

An excellent synopsis of this opera can be found at https://www.glyndebourne.com/opera-archive/explore-our-operas/la-clemenza-di-tito/la-clemenza-di-tito-synopsis/

National Opera is a Canberra-based arts organisation and registered charity. Its vision is to foster a national and local community of opera enthusiasts and build a sustainable organisation to support opera artists of the future.

Visit www.nationalopera.org.au to learn more or support their work. 

Kayte Nunn – The Last Reunion

Hachette, Australia, 2021

Another fine work of historical fiction by Kayte Nunn, The Last Reunion focusses on the women of the Women’s Auxiliary Services Burma (WASBies). It’s another of the largely untold stories of the contribution of women to the Second World War effort – these plucky women were the closest to the frontline of any servicewomen in this conflict, their role being to run a mobile canteen for the soldiers in the battlefield.

Kayte Nunn talks to Barbie about The Last Reunion
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Skywhales performer on the ground at The Street

PhEnO – Jess Green with her band
The Street, Canberra City
8pm Saturday 10 April 2021

Jess Green, aka Pheno, is widely known and most recently for the success of We are the Skywhales in collaboration with Patricia Piccinini.

After performing Pheno shows for the past two years as a solo act, Jess is joined by long time musical collaborator Lachlan Coventry, who has featured in many of her jazz projects, drummer James Hauptmann and Alyx Dennison on synths.

Barbie speaks with Jess Green about the performance. The interview includes parts of the tracks We Are the Sky Whales and Shadows in the Water
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Shelly Unwin and Jedda Robbard – Hello Baby

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2021

This charming picture book with words by Shelly Unwin and pictures by Jedda Robbard is the perfect gift for people expecting a baby into their lives. It would also be a lovely read for parents and grandparents wishing to spend time with the sibling of a newly arrived or expected baby.

Barbie talks to Shelly Unwin about Hello Baby
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FourPlay adds excitement to Good Folk in Queanbeyan

FourPlay String Quartet at Good Folk
5.30pm Sunday 4 April 2021
Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall

In 1995, four members of the Australian Youth Orchestra started ‘mucking around’ and playing covers of artists such as Jimi Hendrix. As a joke, they entered a university band competition – and won.

After 25 years, FourPlay is still a string quartet, comprised of violinist and singer Lara Goodridge, viola players Tim Hollo and Shenzo Gregorio, and cellist (and Tim’s brother), Peter Hollo. But there’s no penguin suit or evening gown in sight.

In this interview with Richard, FourPlay violist Tim Hollo talks about the group, its history, and his environmental activism.
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Off the page and onto the stage: poetry from and in the heart of Queanbeyan

Omar Musa with Guyy and the Fox
2:30 – 4:15pm Saturday 3 April 2021
The Q, Queanbeyan

There may be more yarns than at a knitting bee when Omar Musa performs at the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan over Easter. And they’ll be carefully blended with songs and poems.

This interview with Omar Musa also features the first reading of his new poem, Flannel Flowers
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Fire and pandemic help forge new musical style

Kim Yang Trio
Royal Hotel Queanbeyan
7pm Sunday 4 April 2021

Expect to hear some jazz, blues and perhaps a little pop along with folk when Taiwanese-born singer-songwriter Kim Yang performs with her band at Good Folk in Queanbeyan at Easter.

Kim says her style has changed dramatically since her performance at the 2019 National Folk Festival. It’s hardly surprising, given what she’s been through over the past two years.

Kim Yang talks to Richard about the forthcoming performances at Good Folk. The interview includes her song Garden of Eden and her latest track, Dominoes
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Isla Patterson – Hall Countryside and Beyond

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines
Open Thursday to Monday 11.30am to 5pm
13 Gladstone Street, Hall, NSW
Until 19 April 2021

An exhibition by Isla Patterson always excites much attention from her many fans. Her skilful and evocative depictions of our landscapes, flora and fauna never disappoint.

Barbie spoke to Isla Patterson at Kyeema Gallery
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Carolyn Fitzpatrick – Drawing

Strathnairn, Woolshed Gallery
96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Until 18 April 2021
Open Thursday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm

Carolyn Fitzpatrick’s superb drawings in ink and pastel carry a deep reverence for the landscape and for the tenacious power of nature Her sensitive evocation of land has found a perfect home in the woolshed at Strathnairn.

Barbie spoke to Carolyn Fitzpatrick at the Woolshed Gallery
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Playful theme for new $25,000 sculpture prize

[email protected]
Entries open nationally until 28 May 2021
Shaw Vineyards in partnership with Belconnen Arts Centre
4 to 19 September 2021 at Shaw Vineyards, Murrumbateman, NSW
Ticketed event with COVID limitations on numbers

This new prize aims to celebrate outdoor public art that exudes a sense of play and imagination. Artists are encouraged to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small, large scale, or site specific to the beautiful Shaw Wines and surrounding Murrumbateman countryside.

Graeme Shaw, from Shaw Wines, and Monica McInerney, Co-CEO of Belco Arts, spoke to Barbie about [email protected]
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Carmel McCrow – Just Add Water

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2603
Until 4 April 2021

Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 5pm
Gallery open Easter weekend Saturday and Sunday

This exhibition by one of Canberra’s most accomplished artists depicts the many facets of water in the Australian landscape. Possessed of a great love and respect for the landscape, the artist has made many travels inland and to coastal regions, translating to canvas her impressions of colour, light, movement, atmosphere and her own feelings.

Barbie spoke to Carmel McCrow at M16
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Esther Amini – Concealed

Greenpoint Press, New York, NY, 2020

This memoir of Jewish Iranian Esther Amini is at once moving and sad, funny and joyous; it is also highly instructive. For those of us who knew nothing of the history of the hidden Jews in Iran, how they came to be there and what they endured, this is indeed eye-opening.

Barbie spoke to Esther Amini in New York via Zoom
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Polonius Productions – A reading of the classic Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, 28 March 2021
Riverbank Cafe, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan (weather permitting)
Performance begins at 4.30pm; concludes approx 5.15pm

Phillip Mackenzie, who has a life-long attachment to the Rubaiyat, is joined by Dawn Gardiner in a witty and wistful conversation between the ageing poet and his slightly more worldly houri; they are supported with traditional dance by Alli Jury Gereige and music by John Mimellis.

Selected verses will be read in the original Farsi by Sam Sharifi.

Phillip Mackenzie speaks to Barbie about the Rubaiyat
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Jo Portelli and Michelle Peddle – Animal Fair

Bungendore Fine Art
Until end of April 2021

Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm

Jo Portelli’s work depicts lively, colourful, and often humorous, animal subjects.  Her modernist representation in impasto acrylic on board is bright, cheerful and edgy.  Jo is based in the Southern Highlands and also often paints domesticated animals in her locality.

Roz Dibley, a partner at Bungendore Fine Art, talks to Barbie about the Animal Fair exhibition

Michelle Peddle is a scraperboard artist who creates images using this skilled traditional method to depict Australian fauna. Michelle is passionate about her local wildlife and is particularly interested in showcasing endangered and vulnerable species. She has won many awards throughout the district and was the winner of the Memorial Art Award at the International Scratchboards Assoc Exhibition. She is based in the Southern Highlands.

Michelle Peddle, Twilight Rambler

Top image: Jo Portelli, Move along. Images courtesy Bungendore Fine Art


Ben Sanders – The Devils You Know

Allen & Unwin, Australia 2021

This is a rip-snorting thriller with all the elements of a Matt Damon movie – gun toting, the drug trade, a body count to rival Midsomer Murders, conspicuous wealth, punch-ups, car chases and stuntman-worthy driving feats, conspicuous acts of daring by our hero and to some extent by our heroine, a certain chemistry between the male and female leads and a little discreet sex.

Ben Sanders discusses The Devils You Know
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