A close up of a costume from Madama Butterfly

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Ladies in Black


Stage 6 Films presents

Ladies in Black

From Academy Award® nominated director Bruce Beresford comes the comedy drama Ladies in Black, based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel, The Women in Black.

Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl (Lisa) takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s. There she meets the “ladies in black”, who will change her life forever.

In cinemas 20 September.

Win a double pass to a screening of Ladies in Black. Enter using promo LADIES. Competition closes Sunday 9 September.

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The Seagull


Transmission Films presents

The Seagull

Based on Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull explores the obsessive nature of love.

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds.

In cinemas 4 October.

Win a double pass to a screening of The Seagull. Enter using promo SEAGULL. Competition closes Sunday 9 September.

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Schubert & Strauss


Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra present

Schubert & Strauss

What is it about Ninth Symphonies? Frequently the culminating point of a composer’s symphonic output. They expose the full breadth of a composer’s imagination and exhibit a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Schubert’s Symphony No 9 is all of these things and more. Grand, poetic and poignant.

Few composers wrote as eloquently for the soprano voice as Richard Strauss. Strauss’s sopranos scale the heights and plumb the depths in their quest to touch the human heart. Be moved by celebrated soprano Siobhan Stagg.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Melbourne Recital Centre, Thursday 13 September, 7:30pm.

Follow the link below or call 03 9699 3333 to access 2-for-1 tickets.

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Emma Matthews


Arts Centre Melbourne presents

Emma Matthews: The Space Between

A brand new chamber work dedicated to the great opera heroine, starring Australia's greatest soprano Emma Matthews who bares all in this intimate, revealing and powerful musical confession.

Composed by Paul Grabowsky, written by Steve Vizard and featuring Jamie Oehlers on Saxophone. Watch the trailer here

Emma Matthews: The Space Between at Arts Centre Melbourne, 13–23 September.

Use promo code OPAUS before 10 September 2018 to receive a free drink voucher* with all tickets booked.

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Julius Caesar

Canberra & Sydney

Bell Shakespeare presents

Julius Caesar

Stand witness to the assassination that leads to a life and death struggle for power in the Republic.

Bell Shakespeare presents Julius Caesar, a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery.

Julius Caesar playing Canberra Theatre Centre, 12–20 October and Sydney Opera House 23 October – 25 November.

Win a double pass to Julius Caesar in Canberra on Wednesday 17 October, 6:30pm, or Sydney on Wednesday 31 October, 6:30pm. Enter using promo CAESAR. Competition closes Sunday 9 September.

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Potted Potter


Lunchbox Theatrical Productions presents

Potted Potter

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes.

This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

Potted Potter at Seymour Centre, 19 September, 7:30pm.

Win a double pass to Potted Potter. Enter using promo POTTER. Competition closes Sunday 9 September.

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Frame of Mind


Sydney Dance Company presents

Forever & Ever

Sydney Dance Company’s captivating double bill features Rafael Bonachela’s multi award-winning Frame of Mind and Antony Hamilton’s brand new work Forever & Ever.

Frame of Mind returns with a live score performed on stage by the Australian String Quartet.

Witness the hypnotic pulse of machine influenced movement in Forever & Ever, driven by an original score by Julian Hamilton of The Presets.

Forever & Ever at Roslyn Packer Theatre, 16–27 October.

Use promo code SDCFRIENDS and save $10 on A & B Reserve tickets.

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William Kentridge


Art Gallery of New South Wales presents

William Kentridge exhibition

One of the most powerful voices in art today, William Kentridge emerged as an artist during the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Grounded in the violent absurdity of that period in his country’s history, his artworks draw connections between art, ideology, history and memory.

William Kentridge exhibition at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Saturday 8 September until Feb 2019.

Use promo code KENTRIDGE for your chance to win a copy of the exhibition catalogue ‘That which we do not remember’. Competition closes Sunday 9 September.

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IFAC Handa Singing Competition Finals Concert


Music & Opera Singers Trust presents

IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert

An experience beyond music: enjoy an evening of the finest classical singing accompanied by the Opera Australia Orchestra under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton AM.

Join five of the brightest young operatic stars as they compete in the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert.

2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Saturday 8 September, 7pm.

Use promo code DIG18 to receive 25% off tickets.

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Opera in the Vineyards


4Di Touring presents

Opera in the Vineyards

Imagine being in the Hunter with friends, good food, fine wine and thrilling to some of our best opera stars performing favourite arias and duets in the stunning Great Barrel Room at Hope Estate.

A wonderful excuse for a weekend away, Opera in the Vineyards is a definite highlight in anyone’s spring calendar.

Opera in the Vineyards at Hope Estate Winery, Saturday 6 October, 4pm.

Use promo code ALLERTA to receive 25% off Premium seats.

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Sultra Spanish Nights


Opera Bites presents

Opera, Wine & Dine Series

Experience Opera Bites, Sydney’s boutique opera company, in a stunning heritage listed dining room, complete with a bespoke menu and select fines wines to match.

Sultry Spanish Nights is comic opera at its best!  A fun-filled romp celebrating young love, ingenuity and disguises in one of Rossini’s most brilliant and popular operas, The Barber of Seville.

Sultry Spanish Nights at The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Friday 14 September, 7pm.

Use promo code ALLERTA to receive 10% off standard tickets.

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*Valid for house beer, wine or champagne, to the value of $10. Offer ends 11:59pm 10/9/18.