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REVIEW: The Merry Widow

Graeme Murphy’s production of The Merry Widow is a triumph in every respect. Supported by a fabulous cast, and with Murphy’s direction and choreography, this operetta is a delight to listen to and to watch. Murphy sets the operetta 20 years later than the original (1905), in the art deco Paris of the 1920s, giving […]

The Merry Widow

The Art Deco movement inspired costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s work for Franz Lehar’s fizzy comic opera. “The Merry Widow has three acts,” she explained. “The first one is a cocktail party where there’s lots of waltzing so I went with long dresses and put everyone in long satin gowns that sat well within the black and […]

The Nose

All the cast members, including, Alexander “The Nose” Lewis, wear loosely fitted, prosthetic noses in Barrie Kosky’s production of Shostakovich’s first opera, written when he was just 20 years old. Lewis claims the prostheses “don’t impact our singing at all. In this particularly surreal and fantastical version I sing all the stuff that was written […]

The Merry Widow

Reflecting Art Deco France, Opera Australia’s The Merry Widow is a witty and scandalous tale of recent widow Hanna (Danielle de Niese) and the suitors who want to marry her to keep her inherited fortune in the province. First premiered in 1905 Vienna, the operetta has not lost its comedic lustre. “It is an operetta […]

Transphobia victim denied day in court

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS A transgender woman who was bashed outside a Newtown pub missed her day in court because police told her that her attacker’s sentencing was next year. Stephanie McCarthy, 43, found out one of her attackers, Alexis Ozanne, had escaped gaol time on Tuesday through the media. She told City Hub she asked […]

Get ready to change trains more often under the new Metro

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS Don’t like changing trains on the way to work? Well, you’re going to have to get used to doing it a whole lot more, according to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. The Sydney Metro, for which the government unveiled plans earlier this year, will supposedly double the capacity of our train network. […]

Aborigines in court for living on the land allocated to them

BY ALEXANDER LEWIS A company initially established to provide Aboriginal housing has taken an Aboriginal protest camp to court for occupying vacant land in Redfern. The Aboriginal Housing Corporation (AHC), which was responsible for the demolition of the affordable Aboriginal housing known as The Block, launched legal action last Friday to have the Redfern Aboriginal […]

Westconnex clearways could turn King Street into Parramatta road: Plibersek

By ALEXANDER LEWIS Federal deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has joined an accelerating campaign to put the brakes on WestConnex. Ms Plibersek said the toll road should not proceed as it would kill retail in Newtown and surrounding areas. “The extension of clearways would turn King Street into Parramatta Road,” she said in a statement […]

City of Sydney to renew chief executive’s contract for further five years

By ALEXANDER LEWIS City of Sydney’s chief executive Monica Barone could remain in her role for years after a new council is elected in 2016. Lord Mayor Clover Moore urged councillors to endorse the renewal of Ms Barone’s contract for a further five years in a mayoral minute distributed just moments before tonight’s council meeting. […]

Liberal councillor urges own party to amend compulsory business voting

By ALEXANDER LEWIS Liberal councillor Christine Forster has said the NSW government should amend the act which requires compulsory business voting in City of Sydney elections. The controversial City of Sydney Amendment Act, introduced by the Shooters and Fishers party and backed by the Baird government last year, gives two votes to companies with more […]