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Celebrating Richard Mills

Melbourne Recital Centre
13 Dec 2019

Celebrate the musical achievements of a lifetime as prolific Australian composer and conductor Richard Mills turns 70.

Join Victorian Opera and Orchestra Victoria for an evening of music-making dedicated to Mills’s 40-year contribution to the Australian music scene – many of his pieces are Australian classics.

Australia’s best-loved opera singers lead the party, with performances from Emma Matthews, Greta Bradman, Robyn Archer, Elizabeth Campbell, Warwick Fyfe and Brenton Spiteri. Mills conducts his eclectic and whimsical award-winning music, from intimate works to the full colour and power of the orchestra, and extracts from his acclaimed opera Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Victorian Opera and Orchestra Victoria.


Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Friday 13 December 2019, 7:30pm

Running time is approximately 2 hours including one interval.


Richard Mills
Three Songs for Buddy
Excerpts from String Quartet No 4
Songs after Judith Wright
In Tempore Bello
Sextet and Quartet from Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Traditional / Richard Mills
Early One Morning
Every Day is a Rainbow Day for Me

Richard Mills
Three Antiphons of Hildegard of Bingen
'Nightingale's Aria' from The Love of the Nightingale
'I'piango, i'ardo' from Canti de Ferro e Fuoco (Songs of Fire and Iron)
Canzona from Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music

Cast & Crew

Conductor Richard Mills AM 


Robyn Archer 
Carlos E. Bárcenas
Greta Bradman
Phoebe Briggs
Elizabeth Campbell
Aidan Filshie
Warwick Fyfe
Roxane Hislop
Douglas Kelly
Stephen Marsh
Emma Matthews
Simon Meadows
Markiyan Melnychenko
Partridge Quartet
Merlyn Quaife
Kathryn Radcliffe
Rebecca Rashleigh
Timothy Reynolds
Phillipa Safey
Dimity Shepherd
Brenton Spiteri

Orchestra Victoria