Andrew Upton examines theatre’s endless fascination with Russian master Anton Chekhov.

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The Chekhov Obsession

As Richard Roxburgh and Cate Blanchett prepare to head Sydney Theatre Company’s adaptation of Chekhov’s first play, Andrew Upton gets to grips with our ongoing mania for the great Russian playwright.


Artist of the Authentic

Nikolaus Harnoncourt has reinvented Schubert for the Berlin Philharmonic’s home label. Philip Clark meets an 86-year-old revolutionary.


Stephen Fry’s Utter History

In a series of exclusive excepts from his comic odyssey, Mr Fry gives us his unique view on The Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music.


Tchaikovsky At The Ballet

The troubled genesis of three mighty Russian masterpieces reveals how, post-Pyotr Illych, the world of ballet would never be the same again.


The People’s Diva

Ahead of Renée Fleming’s Australian concerts, we meet the diva with the common touch and examine the career of one of opera’s truly greats.



Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including a Donizetti discovery that’s more surprising than hearing “Christian bites lion”; an intriguing new Janáček disc that is well off the beaten path; warm advocacy from cellist Elschenbroich rehabilitates a lost Russian treasure; Scriabin’s birthday is a timely opportunity to reappraise the output of a Russian original; Gerald Finley on complete songs volume three is a must-have for Lisztians and lieder-philes; and Leonardo Vinci’s counter-tenorial masterpiece is camp as a row of tents but worth every cent.


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