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AltMedia Publication Guidelines, Principles and Standards

AltMedia is the publication company and Lawrence Gibbons is the publisher at Unit 10. Level 1,330 Wattle Street Ultimo, NSW, 2007. The guidelines below are the General Principles by which AltMedia uses for all print and online publication purposes. If anyone has any doubt about these principles or an issue they are urged to contact […]

REVIEW: Verdi – Rigoletto

In an era of metoo hashtags and never-ending revelations of sexual harassment at the hands of predatory, powerful men, Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto resonates more strongly than ever. When the opera was first staged in 1851, Verdi struggled to get his masterpiece past the censors. The libretto was based on a play by Victor Hugo, […]

REVIEW: La Bohéme

La Bohéme is unquestionably one of the most popular operas of all time. The tragic story of the tempestuous love affair between the poet Rodolfo and the mesmerisingly frail Mimi has captured the hearts of opera-goers for generations. Originally set in the bohemian quarter around the Sorbonne on Paris’ Left Bank during the 19thcentury, Opera […]

Don Quichotte

The classic tale of Don Quixote, the demented Spanish knight who tilts at windmills, is brought to life fantastically by Opera Australia. Originally written by Miguel Cervantes in the early seventeenth century, the famously absurd novel was transformed into an opera in 1909 by the French Romantic composer Jules Massenet when he was 67, just […]

REVIEW: Madama Butterfly

While the Sydney Opera House undergoes a costly and controversial makeover, Opera Australia has returned to Haymarket to perform its popular production of Madama Butterfly. Before the Sydney Opera House opened at Bennelong Point 44 years ago, operas were staged at a long since demolished theatre in Quay Street just a few blocks from the […]

Got to make the BEST of a BAD situation

Once again Melbourne has been named the World’s Most Liveable City by the Economist. Three of the top 10 rated cities are in Australia: Adelaide came in fifth and Perth is seventh. Neighbouring Auckland in New Zealand has been ranked eighth. For the second year in a row Sydney has not been included on the […]

Midnight Shift the latest casualty of nanny state

BY LAWRENCE GIBBONS This weekend one of Sydney’s oldest and largest gay night clubs closed its doors permanently. The downstairs bar at the Midnight Shift ceased trading on the weekend, and the pub is on the market. For the time being the upstairs dance venue will remain open on weekends for special events. On the […]

The Death And Life of the City of Villages

BY LAWRENCE GIBBONS In 2004 Clover Moore was first elected Lord Mayor and declared Sydney to be a “City of Villages.” Thirteen years later Sydney’s villages are under the threat of neglect. In the lead up to her historic election, Clover Moore told the Sydney Morning Herald “the community would be consulted on how to […]

REVIEW: La Traviata

Standing ovations are rarely offered at the Joan Sutherland Theatre. While they may be common place in American opera houses, public displays of en masse affection are few and far between here in Sydney.  On Friday, February 3, an exception was made as a sell-out crowd of more than 1,500 people stood to their feet […]

REVIEW: Covered

Sarah Ward is as clever as she is musically adept.  In 2014 she won a coveted Helpmann Award for a one woman cabaret show, which she performed in the nude. Her confronting style and mesmerising musical talent earned her critical acclaim and gained a loyal following.  In this month’s Sydney Festival, Ward once again appears […]