designer Tony David Cray has delivered another wellbalanced, finely-detailed audio engineering feat. First staged in 1995, The Eighth Wonder, by composer and librettist Alan John and co-librettist Dennis Watkins, is the tale of a visionary brought down by political intrigue and provincial small-mindedness. John’s attractive score is well-crafted and imaginatively orchestrated but also quite derivative. There are nods to impressionism, Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein in some places while other sections pay tribute to John Adams in their repeated chugging rhythms and percussion-drenched soundscapes. Firm and assured across his range, Danish tenor Adam Frandsen is the standout performer as The Architect. Also featured are David Parkin as Ken Mason and Rebecca Currier as Eileen Mason (pictured). Matt Groening The creator of and cartoonist behind the longest running animated comedy in television history will discuss his successful career and share stories from behind the scenes of popular television shows including Futurama and, of course, The Simpsons. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Today, 4pm. Tickets: $29-$50. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. when that terrorist is our brother? It stars Andrea Demetriades (pictured). Riverside Theatre, corner Market and Church Street, Parramatta. November 9, 1pm. Tickets: $25$39. Bookings: (02) 8839 3399 or online. Until November 12.