Offshore, Sydney Symphony Orchestra is part way through a seven-city China tour, performing in some of the China's best concert halls. It is also running workshops with music students in Beijing and Guangzhou, giving the musicians a chance to build friendships and professional contacts. Back in Australia, Malthouse and Chinese theatre-maker Meng Jinghui create a cross-cultural, and entirely contemporary interpretation of The Good Person of Szechuan, Bertolt Brecht’s morality play about the exploitative power of capitalism.
Live Performance Australia recently released Size and Scope of the Live Performance Industry 2012. It calculates the sector of which the majors are a significant contributor, generated revenues of $2.55 billion during 2012. Most of this revenue (54%) is spent on people, that is, performers and non-performing support staff such as technical crew and venue staff.
In 2012 the majors employed 8,400 people including 4,600 artists. They also provided training opportunities, fellowships and new partnerships here and abroad.
Collaborative, industrious, ambitious, the majors' performances this month will not disappoint.
Bethwyn Serow Executive Director
Australian Major Performing Arts Group
Image: West Australian Opera |The Magic Flute