Deadly songs about Australia
From the infectious pop of Jessica Mauboy to the hard-hitting activism of Dispossessed, contemporary Indigenous musicians have permeated the Australian music industry with unmistakeable sounds and cultural impact. Many of the songs heralded as ‘Ozzie Anthems’ are written by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and many of those songs also convey the political, social and historical injustices of our country’s history. This month, with guest editor Emily Nicol, Time Out wanted to celebrate the richness and diversity of Indigenous Australia through the locals who live and work here and interviewed 23 Deadly Sydneysiders. We also wanted to dive into the vitality of Indigenous music. So, what makes a song ‘deadly’? We asked some of our deadliest musicians and performers to nominate ones they believe make the cut.
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If you've seen Nicole Car sing, then you'll know she's got the vocal chops to pull of this role – but does she have the naughty streak? She'll need it to play Egyptian courtesan Thaïs, whose powers of seduction are enough to divert the evangelising monk Athanaël from virtue to vice – or at least, lust. Singing opposite her is Québecois baritone Étienne Dupuis. This will be a one-night-only staged concert – no set design or props, just a costumed cast and orchestra. Single tickets for Thaîs are available from October 12. Until then, you can purchase tickets as part of a subscription. See what else is in the Opera Australia 2017 season.