From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

Tonight I’m making my debut with one of my most important roles to date: Papageno, the chattering bird-catcher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). It’s not, however, my first ‘Flute’. This was the opera which actually got me into opera. Back when I was 13, before my voice changed, my singing teacher, Delith Brook, was directing a production of ‘Flute’ at USQ in Toowoomba, […]

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White wine in the sun?

White wine in the sun?

It’s that time of year again, when many of my fellow antipodeans share this video: And I can understand why. Tim Minchin, in clever (it’s almost as if he sets a page of The God Delusion to the score of Les Mis) and witty lyrics sum up how a lot of people feel about Christmas. I even agree with his words against commercialisation. The music […]

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Shoot Christians Say

Shoot Christians Say

Christ & Pop Culture has done a pretty insightful analysis of this video: In his analysis, Nick Rynerson wrote: One thing that I have noticed about young evangelicals is the way that they (or should I say, ‘we’, as I am among the ranks) talk normally and the way that they talk about ‘spiritual’ (or gospel, as some might say) topics varies in vocabulary and tone. […]

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Wesley’s directions for congregational singing

Wesley’s directions for congregational singing

I’m kind in a crazy-busy place right now, putting my first Papageno together in about the space of a week, so no time to write, let alone think. So, instead, here’s something I saw over at Abstract Cathedral, which is worth sharing: Directions for Congregational Singing Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree […]

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Your story is too small

Your story is too small

Stories are powerful things, and I’m blessed to be able to make a living from bringing stories to life on stage. Stories help us empathise and see life from another’s perspective. Stories can be ways of helping people, and societies find or establish their identities. One of the helpful aspects of the recent rise of post-modern Christianity (sometimes called post-evangelicalism) is the valuing of stories. […]

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