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Go behind the scenes for insights on our recordings, our artists and our future plans. Follow our artists' schedules and share the excitement of their journeys.

22/07/2006
A small Australian record label is daring to take an untrodden path with SACD, Michael Quinn reports Is the recording industry dying? If the fate of the so-called major labels is any indication, then yes it is. With Warner Classics the latest high...
15/07/2006
... In June there was a great advance for Australian Wagnerites: Melba Recordings' excellent Die Walküre, taken from the State Opera of South Australia's Ring performances in Adelaide in late 2004. The three other operas are to follow ... [so here]...
12/07/2006
Melba Recordings takes more than just its name from Australia’s first operatic superstar. It also shares a birthplace and an attitude that has become its guiding ambition. Launched in Melbourne in February 2000 to champion the cause of Australia’...
1/07/2006
Two years ago Maria Vandamme received an interesting proposition. As head of Melba Recordings she was approached by the State Opera of South Australia to record the first Australian production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. During her many years as a...
19/06/2006
Her big voice graces a new Wagner recording as Lisa Gasteen heads home to sing 'Salome'. When she was little, says Wagnerian diva Lisa Gasteen, her family called her "the peacock baby". A few of those famous operatic throat muscles come into play...
7/06/2006
The launch of Die Walküre took place in great style at the Australian Club in Melbourne on June 7th, 2006.   The Federal Arts Minister, Senator Rod Kemp launched the recording and performing were two of The Melba Ring singers – mezzo Donna...
5/06/2006
Lords of the Ring update Wagner classic   It is considered the Everest of opera - now, an Australian ensemble can claim to have successfully scaled the dizzy heights of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Often defined in popular culture by signature tune...
25/05/2006
After two years of hard grind, Maria Vandamme is set to take Adelaide's Ring cycle to the world. But her critics have not gone away, writes Katrina Strickland. Maria Vandamme was ecstatic when she was awarded $5 million in the May 2004 federal...
22/05/2005
What is the key to reaching the top? Steve Dow talks to ... Australia's high achievers - from fields as diverse as business, charity, media and medicine - to find out how they succeeded and what they would tell those hoping to ascend the ladder...
1/09/2004
Meet the people moving and shaking Melbourne. People make a city. They bring it to life, create its identity and determine its future; some more than most. These power brokers make a difference, get things done and shape events with a combination...