August 25, 2013

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Opera Australia’s presentation of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, the last of the five operas making up the 2013 winter season, will see the winter season draw to a close at the end of August.

This delightful revival is being performed in celebration of Britten’s 100th birthday, in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at Sydney Opera House.  The performance runs for approximately three hours, with two 20 minute intervals.

Since its première at Glyndebourne in 1947, Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring has become a classic.  The libretto, by Eric Crozier, was based on Guy de Maupassant’s short story Le rosier de Madame Husson, but was transposed across the Channel.

The witty libretto and expressive score paints a picture of life in a small British town.  When the girls of Loxford are deemed too immoral to take the title of the village’s virtuous May Queen, the brilliant suggestion is made that they should elect a May King instead.  The hapless grocer’s boy, Albert, is put forward as the perfect example of modesty and good morals.  The shy local lad is thrust into the spotlight, but virtue is easily spoiled when Albert Herring’s mischievous friends enter the picture.  With the aid of some rum and a hefty cash prize, Albert reveals that he isn’t quite the shy lad that everyone assumed him to be.

Keeping us amused were Helpmann award winning performers, Kanen Breen as shy Albert Herring and Jacqueline Dark as Lady Billows, plus Samuel Dundas as the mischievous Sid and Conal Coad playing the pompous Superintendent Budd.

Opera Australia’s Music Director Anthony Legge conducts this original production by John Cox.

Opera Australia presents Albert Herring until 30 August 2013.

Sandra Tiltman 



August 25, 2013

BONDI_001 2Visitors to Sydney can now leave the city behind and enjoy some fresh sea air while staying at Toga Hotels new Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach, which opened its doors in July 2013.

Located on Hall Street, just two minutes walk from the golden sands of Bondi Beach, one of the world’s most famous beaches, visitors can enjoy experiencing some of the many sights which have made the area so renown.

From the famous Bondi Lifesavers to surfers riding the waves on their boards and watching the toned bodies of the joggers on the promenade or merely sitting on the sand eating some fish and chips or relaxing in one of the beachfront cafes and watching the passing parade, almost everyone loves Bondi.

Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hotels said: “We are excited to unveil stage one of the Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach development at one of Australia’s most iconic locations. This area has been the number one requested location from our guests for many years and we are delighted to finally be able to provide it. A new retail precinct opening as part of the Hotel in September 2013 will feature a selection of gourmet providores. Set amongst a diverse mecca of vibrant restaurants and trendy shops, the commanding position of the apartment hotel allows guests to soak up all the glamour and lifestyle that Bondi offers.”

BONDI_008(1)The Adina Apartment Hotel provides guests with a choice of accommodation ranging from studio to one, two and three bedroom apartments, complete with their own kitchen and fully equipped laundry.  These spacious apartments with their stylish interiors really make you feel at home and completely at ease, perfect for spending longer stays than the normal one to two nights at a more traditional hotel.  They also provide full hotel service plus a pool and gym.

Two local artists, Brad Malyon and Bill Morris, proudly expose their works at the hotel. Brad began his photography business several years ago and has six pictures showcased, while Bill, who specialises in water photography, had his picture ‘Graceful’ chosen for the foyer on the ground floor, with another chosen for display in some of the hotel rooms.

The hotel’s convenient location is right on the bus route to the shopping and transport hub of Bondi Junction, a short ride away.  The centre of Sydney is only about a thirty minutes drive.  Taxis are also available, so if guests decide to leave the car at home, they can still get to wherever they need to, with the many options offered.    Sandra Tiltman


August 25, 2013

SS13 Flowershow - Wi#A69978To celebrate the start of Spring, David Jones will launch “The Enchanted Florence”, their 28th annual Flower Show on 5 September. The show will be a magical celebration of David Jones’ history and collaboration with renowned artist Florence Broadhurst, who staged her first exhibition at David Jones in 1954.

For two weeks, Florence’s incredible designs will be brought to life with an explosion of colour, design and wondrous artistry in a spectacular event

David Lennie will curate the show in collaboration with David Jones’ visual merchandisers and florists, who will install more than 300,000 flowers to create an awe-inspiring display complete with Vanda Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Gymea Lilies, Zinnias and many more.

16 windows of the Elizabeth Street store will be transformed with intricate floral displays, each one custom designed to represent Florence Broadhurst prints.

David Jones Group Executive of Operations, Cate Daniels said “David Jones is delighted to be showcasing the 2013 Flower Show, now in its 28th year. The event is always a calendar favourite for our customers and we are thrilled to be presenting them such an exciting and vibrant concept which honors the long time association between David Jones and Florence Broadhurst. The Flower Show takes many months to prepare and supports local growers from all over the country from all corners including Western Australia, far north Queensland and Tasmania. We look forward again this year to welcoming visitors to our Elizabeth Street store to celebrate the start of Spring and this wonderful exhibition that engages all the senses.”

“The Enchanted Florence” flower show runs from 5-15 September.  For complimentary guided tours, please call 9266 5184 (bookings essential).   Sandra Tiltman