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Michael Shmith


Michael Shmith has worked in daily journalism for most of his professional life. He is a senior writer for The Age, Melbourne, and also the paper’s opera critic.

He is a former arts editor and travel editor of The Age. Although he specialises in arts journalism, he writes on many other subjects – mostly for The Age’s opinion and books pages. He has co-edited reference books on opera, as well as writing a biography of Gustav Mahler for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London. In 2000, he presented a nine-part series on opera, Why Sing?, for ABC Television.

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