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La Boheme – Act 3

  Obituary: Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 1931 (extract) Dame Nellie Melba, famous for more than 40 years as the greatest singer of the lyric stage of her generation, and as one of the most distinguished of Australians, died yesterday at 4.40 p.m. at St. Vincent’s private hospital, Sydney, where she had been a patient […]

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Gaja

    Piedmont The Piedmont region in the North West corner of Italy is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, bordering the countries of France and Switzerland. The region is largely made up of mountains and hills, the soils are ancient marl and sandstone, the ripening season is characterized by the seasonal Autumn fog, […]

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La Boheme – Act 2

The Composer Giacomo Puccini has been called “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi”. While his early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera, he successfully developed his work in the ‘realistic’ verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents. He is the creator of some of the most […]

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La Boheme – Act 1

The Opera La Boheme is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on ‘Scenes de la vie de Boheme’ by Henri Murger. Puccini’s musical genius is confirmed in La Boheme, which is often regarded as his first foray into verismo and […]

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Van Diemen’s Land

  Tasmania is one of the most lightly populated, pristine, un-spoilt and beautiful food and wine regions on the planet, replete with thriving ancient forests, clean fresh air and pure, pristine waters. Van Diemen’s Land was the original name given to the island by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasmen, in 1803 the island was colonized […]

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Finding Nero

Homer and Virgil sent Odysseus and Aeneas to her island shores; there they encountered harpies, Cyclops, Laestrygonians, sirens and Aeolia, the God of Winds. This is a place where The Gods broker deals with mere mortals and wreak havoc upon anyone who refuses their will. When Dionysius, (Bacchus) was said to have given the first […]

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Wine into Water

Ronald Brown is the owner of the remarkably overachieving South Australian winery Maverick, in the Barossa Valley. The winery is aptly named, Brown is every bit the Maverick. Described by eminent Australian wine writer James Halliday as a ‘Wily Old Fox’, James thenpromptly awarded Maverick with the highest possible rating of five stars in his […]