Decoding the music masterpieces: Rossini’s William Tell, and its famous overture

Although it boasts one of the most famous sequences of music in existence, Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell is hardly a staple of the operatic repertoire. At five hours long in its original composition, and with a challengingly high male singing part, it is rarely heard in its entirety. Victorian Opera’s current production of William Tell, a three-hour abridged version, is the first in Australia in over 140 years.

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NAMT Announces 2018 Festival of New Musicals Lineup

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) has announced its lineup for the 2018 Festival of New Musicals, which will take place Oct. 25-26 at New World Stages. The festival will kick off with Thank You, 30, a gala event to commemorate the festival’s 30th year. It is an industry-aimed event, although the public can receive passes by making a donation to NAMT.

A committee of 17 theatre professionals chose eight musicals to be presented in 45-minute concert presentations at this year’s festival. All production costs for the shows are underwritten by NAMT, at no cost to the writing teams. The lineup will include:

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