One of Australia’s foremost contemporary opera and music-theatre directors, Douglas Horton, is stepping down as Artistic Director of the company he established back in 1988 - the pioneering and internationally regarded ChamberMade Opera - to pursue new projects in film and theatre.

The Green Room Awards Association today announced the nominations for the 2008 Awards for excellence on the Melbourne stage.

Multi Grammy-awarded jazz, soul and R & B legend, Roberta Flack and her band, will interrupt their Australian tour to perform a benefit concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, for the Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal.

Victorians will be able to take a look at the exciting new additions to Melbourne’s Southbank cultural precinct when Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company throw open their doors for two free public open days.

The Australian cast has been announced for the upcoming national tour of the Tony Award winning Best Musical AVENUE Q.

Would-be opera singers are invited to be a star this Christmas at Victorian Opera’s Sing Your Own Opera: Messiah at BMW Edge, Federation Square from 2:30pm Saturday, December 20.

From Broadway to the West End, and the West End to Melbourne…the wait is over and AVENUE Q fans can rejoice that the Tony Award Best Musical winner will finally be enjoyed in Australia.

ANZ today announced that ANZ Trustees will establish a memorial fund in honour of the late Rob Guest to help promising young performers kick-start their careers in musical theatre.

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