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Joyce Morgan
Joyce Morgan is co-author of Journeys on the Silk Road, the story behind the discovery of the world's oldest printed book. Joyce has been a journalist for more than 30 years in London, Sydney and Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian and the Bangkok Post. She is a former arts editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and has worked as a producer with ABC Radio. Born in Liverpool, England, she has traveled extensively in Asia, including India, Pakistan, China and Tibet.

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Entries by Joyce Morgan

Aida Scales Heady Heights

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 1:28 PM


A 60-foot head of Nefertiti dominates the floating outdoor stage. Aida is an opera that demands scale, and the 15-ton sculpture that remains in place throughout this production provides that.

Nefertiti's head is large enough to all but obliterate the view beyond to...

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Butterfly Soars on Sydney Harbor

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:23 AM


A tale of an American military man seeking a temporary marriage with a 15-year-old Asian girl is highly unpalatable to a contemporary audience. For that reason Madama Butterfly can be one of the trickiest operas to realize today. It is to opera what...

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After the Gold Rush: Wagner's Ring Cycle

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 1:52 PM


It has been possible to chase composer Richard Wagner's quest for endless melody around the globe in this year.

With more than a dozen productions of his epic four-opera Der Ring Des Nibelungen - the Olympics of the opera world - staged everywhere...

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A Monkey With a Long Tale

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 1:18 PM

On the set of MonkeyAcrobatics, music and animation feature in Monkey, Journey to the West. Photo: William Struhs.

A flesh-eating skeleton, a seductive spider and a dragon king. These are among the mythical creatures Monkey encounters on a journey that has captivated...

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Blanchett, Huppert Shine as Murderous Maids

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Pulling power: Cate Blanchett, left, and Isabelle Huppert breathe energy into Genet's darkly poetic work The Maids. © Lisa Tomasetti

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Genet's The Maids is surely among the most bizarre plays of all.

But stellar, layered performances...

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In Sydney, Opera Grabs the Bull by the Horns

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Costumes from Opera Australia's production of Carmen

Take grand opera out of a formal house and performers face problems rarely encountered when they have a roof over their heads. Such as the need to waterproof the stage.

But when the production will take place...

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Om Mani iPadme Hum: Why Buddhists Get Technology

(152) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 8:15 AM


A saffron-robed monk chats on a cell phone or contemplates an iPad. These are favored images in glossy travel magazines. The photos are meant to conjure contradiction -- a clash of cultures as ancient tradition meets modern technology.

Yet, each time I see...

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Time to Cure a Century-Old Hangover

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 8:05 PM

The letter could have been written this morning. Its remorse and embarrassment are as palpable as a thumping headache.

"Yesterday, having drunk too much, I was so intoxicated as to pass all bounds. But none of the rude and coarse language I used was uttered in a conscious state..."


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Buddhism's Diamond Sutra: The Extraordinary Discovery Of The World's Oldest Book

(392) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 8:12 AM

Ask people to name the world's oldest printed book and the common reply is Gutenberg's Bible. Few venture that the answer is a revered Buddhist text called the Diamond Sutra, printed in 868 A.D. Or that by the time Gutenberg got ink on his fingers nearly 600 years later --...

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