3 TALKS BY RICHARD MILLS
Friday 1 March - The History of the Tenor Voice
Friday 15 March - The Orchestra in Opera
Friday 22 March - Opera and Society: Intrigue, Mayhem and Mischief through the Ages
Our Artistic Director will present his exploration of aspects of opera not often discussed, but which offer entertaining insights into the development of the art form over the centuries. A chance to hear about opera from someone who makes it happen.
MOSES - THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
Sunday 12 May
This concert version of Peter Wyllie Johnston’s musical will be performed by the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) and visiting artists, including Josh Piterman and Daniel Koek.
5 FRIDAYS IN AUGUST
2 August – VOYCE concert
The popular annual VOYCE concert is back for one unique night. Hear some of the star artists of tomorrow as they grow and develop at our company, under the musical direction of Angus Grant.
9 August – Come to the Cabaret
Cameron Menzies unites some glimpses of cabaret: from the sleazy to the sublime, from Berlin and Paris, to London and New York. Enjoy an intimate evening of titillating revelation.
16 August – Songmakers Australia
Led by the revered Andrea Katz, Songmakers Australia present a program of songs by operatic composers. Hear the other side of Bellini and Donizetti, flavoured by Tosti and friends.
23 August – Michael Lampard and Rhodri Clark Duo
This established recital team bring you some treasures from the literature of song by Australian composers.
30 August – Nellie in Her Own Write
Hear the opinions and anecdotes of our own Nellie Melba, as well as some of her favourite repertoire. Melba Scholars, Sharolyn Kimmorley and Stephen McIntyre entertain with the life and music of our first Australian superstar.
THREE TALES - MUSIC WORKSHOP
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September
Following an exclusive livestreamed preview in 2017, Victorian Opera invites you to witness the next stage of development of its upcoming commission Three Tales – a trio of new operas based on legendary French author Flaubert’s Trois Contes. Hear the completed works in their rawest form in an intimate concert ahead of a fully staged production in 2020.
Adapted by celebrated playwright Daniel Keene, each tale has been realised by three Australian composers: Stefan Cassomenos, Dermot Tutty and Zac Hurren.
RICHARD MILLS AT THE MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
Friday 13 December 2019
Victorian Opera, Melbourne Recital Centre and Orchestra Victoria are celebrating the music of Richard Mills in a one-off concert. His seminal influence on the Australian musical landscape over the past four decades is honoured with a musical party of a lifetime.