SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2019

2:30PM The Crisp Galleries

Adults  $45  Children $20  (afternoon tea included)

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28234 Hume Highway, Bowning NSW

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14, 2019

3:00PM Blackheath Uniting Church

Adults $35 Children $20

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43 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW

Experience the power and sensitivity of these artists, as Italian pianist, director and composer; Alessio Nelli joins 

mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser to perform an intimate recital of not only opera, but a splash of other things too!

 

This dynamic musical collaboration began in Puglia, Italy, after Hannah Fraser and Alessio Nelli first shared the stage in Festival della Valle d’Itria’s highly acclaimed productions of ‘The Barber of Seville’

 

Witness, as these breathtaking journeys unite under one spotlight

MASSENET • MEYERBEER • SAINT-SAËNS • BIZET • HANDEL • QUILTER • AZNAVOUR

OPERA & A DASH OF CHRISTMAS

SYDNEY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 

7:30PM, Christchurch Lavender Bay

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CANBERRA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 

1:30PM, All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie

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From their own arrangements of traditional folk songs to the soaring melodies of opera’s most loved arias & duets. Each musician with an independently remarkable  journey, united under one spotlight

Soprano: Susannah Lawergren

Mezzo Soprano: Hannah Fraser

Pianist: Alessio Nelli

This will be a varying and musical feast not to be missed!

 

• MONTEVERDI • MASSENET • MEYERBEER • BIZET• SAINT-SAËNS • OFFENBACH • DELIBES

COMFORT AND JOY - CANTATAS FOR CHRISTMAS - BACH AKADEMIE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019

7:30 PM, Christ Church St Laurence, George Street, Sydney

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2019

7:30 PM, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019

2:00PM, Holy Name Church, Wahroonga

The story of Christmas with its imagery of angels, shepherds, children, peace on earth and goodwill to mankind has inspired many a great composer throughout the centuries, however none more so than J.S Bach. This theme gave his genius free rein to compose music which continues to comfort, inspire and exult all who hear it.

Bach Akademie Australia presents his tender Cantata BWV 151 'Süsser Trost' (Sweet Comfort), followed by Part 2 of his famous Christmas Oratorio featuring his sublime pastoral Sinfonia. Also in the program is the virtuosic Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor with baroque flautist Mikaela Oberg. Finally, crowning our celebration of the season is Cantata BWV 191 ‘Gloria’, his only cantata set in Latin, later used by Bach so brilliantly in his B minor Mass.

BWV 151 Süsser Trost
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067
BWV 248 part I/2
BWV 191: Gloria

VOCI STUPENDE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS, 23 & 24 NOVEMBER 2019

November 23, 2019 - Blessed Sacrament Church

Clifton Gardens, Sydney
59 Bradleys Head Road

7:30PM
 

November 24, 2019 - Roseville Presbyterian Church
28 Lord Street, Roseville, Sydney

2:30PM


The program will be an operatic feast!

Soprano, Chloe Lankshear

Soprano, Georgia Melville

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Mezzo Soprano, Stella Hannock

Tenor, Hamish James

Baritone, Henry Wright

Baritone, Jared Lillehagen

Accompanist, Benjamin Burton

GRANDEZZE & MERAVIGLIE

Director: Fabio Missaggia

Ensemble: Musicali Affetti

Cantanti vincitori XIII concorso di Musica Antica – Premio Fatima Terzo

Soprano: Cristina Fanelli

Alto: Hannah Fraser

PROGRAM:  Stabat Mater, Vivaldi

                      Stabat Mater, Pergolesi

Modena, Italy

October 5, 9PM, 2019

Chiesa di S. Agostino

Via Sant'Agostino, 6, 41121 Modena MO

Gallerie D’Italia, Vicenza

October 6, 5PM, 2019

Palazzo Leoni Montanari

Contrà Santa Corona, 25, 36100 Vicenza VI

Monday, May 6, 2019

6:30 PM  - 8:05 PM

Fitters' Workshop

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT, 2604

Bach never wrote an opera but realised the perfect music drama with his superlative Passion according to John. First performed in 1724, the work propels the drama through a vivid narration of the Evangelist and inspired musical dialogue between the main characters offset by reflective chorales and memorable arias. Led by Andrew Goodwin as Evangelist and Jeremy Kleeman as Jesus, this superb ensemble of singers and musicians are directed by Korneel Bernolet.  

A cry from the soul. Bach’s matchless music drama from 1724.

 

PROGRAM

J.S. Bach (1685-1750),  Passio secundum Joannem BWV 245

 

ARTISTS

Bach Akademie Australia led by Madeleine Easton
Susannah Lawergren and Amy Moore, sopranos
Hannah Fraser and Anna Fraser, alti
Andrew Goodwin and Richard Butler, tenors
Jeremy Kleeman and David Greco, basses

Directed by Korneel Bernolet

Sunday, May 5, 2019

11:00 AM  12:35 PM

Fitters' Workshop,

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT, 26

In 1705, twenty-year old Bach walked almost 400km to hear the ageing Buxtehude play the organ. A year later, when the post became vacant, the condition of marrying the master’s daughter did not appeal. Bach moved to Mülhausen instead. He never travelled to Italy, but Italian music did land on his desk, inspiring numerous concerti and organ transcriptions. This concert features the music that Bach himself was drawn to, above all Pergolesi’s timeless Stabat Mater.

PROGRAM

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), Violin Concerto RV 208 ‘Grosso Mogul’
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’                

G.B. Pergolesi (1710-1736), Stabat Mater  

ARTISTS

Bach Akademie Australia directed by Madeleine Easton
Anna Fraser, soprano
Hannah Fraser, mezzo-soprano 
Susannah Lawergren, soprano
Andrew Fysh, bass
Directed by Roland Peelman

Alziamo La Voce - Elio e Rocco Tanica

Teatro Comunale di Belluno

Thursday 31 January

EVENTO BENEFICO CON I 50 ARTISTI BELLUNESI DEL PROGETTO "BELLUNO ALZA LA VOCE".

CON LA STRAORDINARIA PARTECIPAZIONE DI: 

ELIO e ROCCO TANICA

e con 38 Chordae (Laura Valente e Andrea Pozoli feat.Filippo Mango), Domenico Menini, Andrea Moro, Alessio Nelli, Lelio Morra e Hannah Fraser

OPERA IN THE GARDEN - WOMENS PLANS FOUNDATION

Celebrate Christmas with rising opera star, Hannah Fraser,

accompanied by Alessio Nelli and enjoy drinks and canapés in the garden

 

Address: 3 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill

Date: Friday 7 December 2018

Time: 5.30 – 8.00pm

Tickets: $80 pp ($50 concession)

PayPal / credit card: http://womensplans.org/support/womens-plans-foundation-events

Cheque to: 3 Madeline St, Hunters Hill NSW 2110

Please consider making your Christmas donation now.

Contact: WomensPlansFoundation@bigpond.com

or Alice Oppen 98175175 / 042

Operatic favourites by Rossini, ​Bellini, Donizetti, Offenbach, Delibes, Mozart and more...

 

Each musician has an independently remarkable journey...Opera with it’s thrilling highs, exotic beauty and ingrained traditions, demands above all, courage and commitment 

 

Experience the power and sensitivity of these artists, as Italian pianist, director and composer; Alessio Nelli joins soprano Michelle Ryan & mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser to perform an intimate recital of operatic favourites

 

These two young opera singers moved to Sydney from rural NSW to study at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

After performing together on many memorable occasions through appearances with reputable groups; Song Company; Voci Stupende, Cantillation & Pinchgut Opera, they went on to conquer Europe, debuting in operas throughout Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Italy. 

Yet another dynamic musical collaboration began, after Hannah Fraser and Alessio Nelli (pianist and assistant director of the ‘Orchestra della Notte della Taranta), first shared the stage in Festival della Valle d’Itria’s highly acclaimed productions of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’

Witness, as these breathtaking journeys come together under one spotlight, enriched with experiences gained from European and American industry professionals Sherrill Milnes, Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, Sesto Quatrini, Fabio Luisi and more...

Sat December 15 | St Peters Cathedral Parish Centre, Armidale | 7:30pm

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Sun December 16 | Presbyterian Church, Walcha | 2:00pm

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Wed December 19 | Maclean Anglican Church, Maclean| 6:30pm

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FAURE REQUIEM - SONG COMPANY

A 75TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT FOR ROSS EDWARDS WITH AN INTIMATE CHAMBER PERFORMANCE OF FAURÉ’S PERENNIAL REQUIEM

 

Sat 1 Dec | Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music | 3pm

Gabriel Fauré claimed that his “Requiem wasn’t written for anything – for pleasure, if I may call it that!” 
This version for vocal and instrumental consort brings new clarity to Fauré’s vivid harmonies and is surrounded by the elemental soundworld of Ross Edwards, one of Australia’s most distinguished composers.

ONE EQUAL MUSIC - SONG COMPANY CONCERT SERIES

ONE HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE ENDING OF THE GREAT WAR WE SING OF A PEACE AT ONCE UNATTAINABLE AND EVERLASTING, CULMINATING IN A RADIANT NEW WORK BY ROSS EDWARDS.

 

Tues 30 Oct | Yellow House Sydney | 7.30pm
Thur 1 Nov | Newcastle Conservatorium | 7pm
Sat 3 Nov | Blackheath Uniting Church | 3pm
Thur 8 Nov | Berry School of Arts | 2pm
Fri 9 Nov | Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra | 7.30pm
Sat 10 Nov | Wollongong Art Gallery | 3pm
Fri 16 Nov | Deakin Edge Federation Square, Melbourne | 7.30pm
Thur 22 Nov | St James’ King Street, Sydney | 7.30pm

The poetry of 17th-century metaphysician John Donne and the late playwright Douglas Muecke form the twin doors to a world of remembrance and resurgence in a program framed by newly-commissioned music by three Australian composers: Ruth McCall, Ella Macens, and in his 75th year, Ross Edwards. One century ago in Compiègne the world witnessed the end of the “war to end all wars”, hoping that humankind would not undergo again such an overwhelming catastrophe. Composers have long tried to imagine a world without war and suffering, and in luminous harmonies touch on that state beyond conflict and without end – Donne’s own vision of eternal life centres on perfection and freedom from the earthly imbalance and disorder so familiar to us in the here and now – “no noise, nor silence, but one equal music”.

 

Program includes:
Settings of Douglas Muecke by Ruth McCall and Ella Macens (WP)
Ross Edwards new work (WP)
Settings of George Herbert and John Donne
Viktor Kalinnikov Nïñe Otpushcháyeshï 

MOORAMBILLA VOICES GALA CONCERTS

Friday 28 September 2018, 7pm
Saturday 29 September 2018, 2pm
Saturday 29 September 2018, 7pm

Experience the amazing choirs of Moorambilla Voices as they celebrate 13 splendid years in the iconic MOORAMBILLA GALA CONCERT, to be held in Dubbo over two days on Friday 28th & Saturday the 29th September. This 80-minute concert will leave you mesmerised and uplifted. Feel firsthand the power of the Japanese Taiko drums, listen to the beauty of the angelic voices of the Moorambilla Regional Girls and Boys Choir and the MAXed OUT Company as they join with International Taiko percussionist – Anton Lock, sound artist Roger Lock, a Chamber Orchestra, professional vocalists Hannah Fraser & Richard Black, Visual Artist Genevieve Huard and choreographer Jacob Williams all lead by Founder and Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM as they celebrate the beauty and capacity of the region.

These concerts bring to life in magnificent choral music, dynamic dance and powerful percussion the stories and landscape of Byrock Water Holes and Brewarrina Fish Traps, written by leading and emerging Australian composers Chance, Barker, Howes, Walker and Gibson.

Led by Artistic Director and Founder Michelle Leonard OAM, this year’s concert also features digital visual and sound artists from the region and beyond giving this year’s performance a truly contemporary edge. Magnificent fire sculptures and lanterns under the night sky after the 7pm concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings end an evening not to be missed.

Be prepared to be amazed by the passion and creativity of this region’s children and youth. This is Moorambilla Voices 2018!

VOCI STUPENDE

September 15, 2018

Burrawang School of Arts
35 Hoddle Street, Burrawang, NSW 2577

7PM

 

Meeting with resounding success and acclaim in recitals over numerous regional centres, Voci Stupende is an opera troupe with a difference. Made up of young, dynamic performers graduated from around Australia they will take you on a superbly crafted musical journey. Voci Stupende continues to assimilate fledgling operatic talent and since 2013 has taken on more than 35 young singers and accompanists.

The program will be an operatic feast!

Soprano, Katherine Allen

Soprano, Georgia Melville

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Mezzo Soprano, Rebecca Hart

Tenor, Ryan O'Donnell

Baritone, Henry Wright

Accompanist, Benjamin Burton

FIGARO SU, FIGARO GIÙ...! - ROSSINI

Rossini and the Barber: Everything a different story!

21 and 23 July 2018, 9:00 PM Martina Franca - Atrio dell’Ateneo Bruni

3 August 2018, 9:00 PM Otranto - Fossato del Castello, Porta a Mare 

Libera rivisitazione da Gioachino Rossini
Progetto drammaturgico di Francesco Micheli
In collaborazione con Gianmaria Aliverta
Adattamento musicale di Daniele Durante

Il Conte d’Acquaviva David Ferri Durà 
Don Bartolo Marco Filippo Romano 
Rosina Maria Aleida
Figaro Daniele Terenzi 
Don Basilio Peter Kellner
Berta Hannah Fraser*
Ambrogio, detto “lo svegliato” Davide Gasparro

With the participation of the extraordinary Elio 

 

Direttore Giuseppe Grazioli
Regia Gianmaria Aliverta
Aiuto regia Davide Gasparro
Progetto scenografico Benito Leonori
Costumi Sara Marcucci Francesco Bondì
Luci Luciano Novelli 
Realizzazione luci Carlo Piatti

Orchestra Popolare e Ensemble “La Notte della Taranta”

Maestro collaboratore Liubov Gromoglasova
Maestro alle luci Alessandro Seggioli
Maestri di palcoscenico Annarita Semeraro, Angela Zaccaria
Assistente del direttore d’orchestra e maestro alla tastiera Alessio Nelli

Scenografia Fondazione Carnevale di Putignano 
Attrezzeria Laboratorio Festival della Valle d’Itria 
Costumi The One S.r.l, We We Wardrobe

 

In coproduzione con la Fondazione La Notte della Taranta e in collaborazione con la Fondazione Carnevale di Putignano

*Allieva dell’Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”

Libera rivisitazione da Gioachino Rossini

Progetto drammaturgico di Francesco Micheli

Adattamento musicale di Daniele Durante

Il Conte d’Almaviva, David Ferri Durà

Don Bartolo, Marco Filippo Romano

Rosina, Maria Aleida

Figaro, Davide Terenzi

Don Basilio, Peter Kellner

Berta, Hannah Fraser

IGOR STRAVINSKY & ROSSINI CONCERT

Chiostro di San Domenico, 1 August, 2018

9:00 PM

Gioachino Rossini

Soirées musicales

For voice and piano

 

Igor Stravinsky

Three Songs from William Shakespeare

for mezzosoprano, viola, flute and clarinet

Viola   Maurizio Lomartire
Clarinet   Giovanni Marinotti
Flute   Alessandro Muolo

Soprano, Kim-Lillian Strebel

Soprano, Yukie Ishioka

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Tenor, Antonio Mandrillo

Baritone, Patrizio La Placa

 

Pianists, Anastasia and Liubov Gromoglasova

 

In collaboration with l’Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”

CONCERTO ORA SESTA...!

29 July 2018, 12PM

Chiesa di San Francesco da Paola

Frescobaldi, Gesualdo, Nenna, Pasquini, Provenzale

Students dell'Accademia del Belcato "Rodolfo Celletti"


Soprano, Federica Livi

Soprano, Yukie Ishioka
Mezzosoprano, Hannah Fraser
Mezzosoprano, Suzana Nadejde
Baritone, Patrizio La Placa

Pianoforte Jacopo Raffaele

“ROMEO, PERCHÉ SEI TU ROMEO?”

“ROMEO, PERCHÉ SEI TU ROMEO?”

Bellini, Vaccaj, Zingarelli

 

Students dell’Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti"

Chiostro di San Domenico, 5 PM

July 28, 2018

 

Pianoforte, Vincenzo Rana

Soprano, Kim-Lillian Strebel

Soprano, Yukie Ishioka

Mezzo Soprano, Aiko Miyamoto

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Mezzo Soprano, Ana Victoria Pitts

Tenor, Antonio Mandrillo

"C'ERA UNA VOLTA... CENERENTOLA!" - ROSSINI

ONCE UPON A TIME ... CENERENTOLA!

Festival della Valle d'Itria 2018

25 July, 2018

With the singers of the Academy of Belcanto "Rodolfo Celletti"

Angelina, Hannah Fraser

Don Ramiro, Antonio Mandrillo

Dandino, Hao Wang

Don Magnifico, Maura Lamantia

Clorinda, Magdalena Hinz

Tisbe, Aiko Miyamoto

Pianist, Vincenzo Rana

Project and direction, Marco Bellocchio

Musical preparation, Angela Lacarbonara

Choir of Voci Bianche "Festival Junior"

ALL'ORA SESTA

15 July 2018, 12:00PM

Martina Franca - Chiesa di Sant'Antonio ai Cappuccini

Byrd, Dowland, Purcell, Sweelink

Students of the Accademia del Belcant "Rodolfo Celletti"

Pianist, Jacopo Raffaele

OPERA, ITALY

Wednesday 4 July 

8 PM, 2018, Chiesa di San Domenico, Martina Franca, Italy
 

Soprano, Magdalena Hinz
Soprano, Jessica Harper
Mezzosoprano, Hannah Fraser
Bass, Dielli Hoxha
Organ, 
Ettore Papadia

RAVEL, DEBUSSSY, FAURE & CHAUSSON, ITALY

Singers of the Belcanto Academy will come together to perform a selection of French songs by Ravel, Debussy, Faure & Chausson 

Friday June 29, 2018

Martina Franca, Basilica di San Martino

8:30 PM 

Soprano, Jessica Harper

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Baritone, Hao Wang

Pianist, Liubov Gromoglasova
Pianist, Anastasia Gromoglasova

BELCANTO CONCERT, MARTINA FRANCA, ITALY

Singers of the Belcanto Academy will come together to perform a selection of solos and ensemble pieces

Thursday June 21, 2018

Martina Franca

Soprano, Kim Lillian Strebel

Soprano, Jessica Harper

Mezzo Soprano, Hannah Fraser

Mezzo Soprano, Ana Victoria Pitt

Baritone, Patrizio La Placa

Baritone, Hao Wang

BELCANTO CONCERT, MARTINA FRANCA, ITALY

Friday June 15, 2018, 8PN

Aeronautica Militare, Comando 16° Stormo
Concert of Belcanto with the artists dell’Accademia “Rodolfo Celletti”

Soprano, Rachel Jane Birthsiel
Soprano, Federica Livi
Soprano, Kim-Lilian Strebel
Soprano, Lorena Zaccaria
Mezzosoprano, Erica Cortese
Mezzosoprano, Hannah Fraser
Mezzosoprano, Aiko Miyamoto
Mezzosoprano, Suzana Nadejde
Mezzosoprano, Ana Victoria Pitts
Baritone, Patrizio La Placa
Baritone, Giuseppe Tafuro
Baritone, Hao Wang 
Bass, Dielli Hoxha
Al pianoforte i Maestri Liuba Gromoglasova e Giorgio D'Alonzo.

LA FONDAZIONE PAOLO GRASSI ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

April 27, 2018

7 PM

Location- il Park Hotel San Michele, Martina Franca, Italy

La Fondazione Paolo Grassi and Lions Club Martina Franca will host a concert of Bel Canto repertoire to introduce the new class of the Rodolfo Celletti Academy for 2018
 

Soprano, Rachel Jane Birthsiel
Soprano, Federica Livi
Soprano, Kim-Lilian Strebel
Soprano, Lorena Zaccaria

Soprano, Magdalena Hinz
Mezzosoprano, Erica Cortese
Mezzosoprano, Hannah Fraser
Mezzosoprano, Aiko Miyamoto
Mezzosoprano, Suzana Nadejde
Mezzosoprano, Ana Victoria Pitts
Baritone, Patrizio La Placa
Baritone, Giuseppe Tafuro
Baritone, Hao Wang 
Bass, Dielli Hoxha
Al pianoforte i Maestri Liuba Gromoglasova e Giorgio D'Alonzo.
 

In the program arias have been chosen from operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Claudio Monteverdi, Luigi Cherubini, Gioachino Rossini e Giuseppe Verdi. 

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

Parish of Our Lady of the Way

 

St Mary’s Church North Sydney

Wednesday 21 March, 2018

8.00pm

‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’

A Service of Reflection, Music & Light

GLORY AND POWER: HANDEL’S MESSIAH

The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@St James’ return to City Recital Hall to perform one of the greatest choral pieces in western classical music repertoire, Handel’s Messiah. First performed in Dublin at Eastertide in 1742, the oratorio’s librettist Charles Jennens draws on biblical texts to trace Christ’s journey from prophecy and birth, to death and resurrection. Soloists include Amy Moore, Sally-Anne Russell and Richard Butler.

Thursday 22 March, 2018
7:00 pm
City Recital Hall

 

ARTISTS

The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’

ST JAMES ORCHESTRAL MASS: HEILIGMESSE, Haydn

Joseph Haydn wrote the Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida in 1796 to commemorate Bernard of Offida, a Capuchin monk who had devoted himself to helping the poor. It is known as ‘Heiligmesse’ because of the use of a popular Austrian tune ‘Heliig’ in the Sanctus.

Sunday 28 January 2018 at 10am
at St James' Church, King Street, Sydney

 


 

ST JAMES ORCHESTRAL MASS - Pēteris Vasks

ORCHESTRAL MASS NO. 2: PETERIS VASKS ‘MISSA’

Sunday 21 January 2018 at 10am
at St James' Church, King Street, Sydney

Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946) is a Latvian composer, the son of a Baptist pastor. He initially trained as a violinist and double-bass player, and played in several Latvian orchestras before entering the State Conservatory in Vilnius in neighbouring Lithuania. He become known outside Latvia in the 1990s and is now one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers. 

Vasks has forged an original musical style, which commentators have described as spiritual, powerfully evocative, and richly expressive. He wrote: “Most people today no longer possess beliefs, love and ideals. The spiritual dimension has been lost. My intention is to provide food for the soul and this is what I preach in my works”.

MISSA ARTHURUS PATRIS - ANDREW HOWES

Missa Arthurus Patris

Premiered December 12th, 2018 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

 

Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis, for the Song Company.

http://www.andrewhowescomposer.com/about

LULLY LULLA - SONG COMPANY

ROCKING THE CRADLE OF HISTORY

November-December 2017​

THE PAGEANT OF THE SHEARMEN AND TAILORS ...IT’S BEGINNING TO SOUND A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS.
 

The final program in the Song Company season The Attraction of Opposites is set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’. The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, lulla is one of three songs (transcribed, arranged, or composed by Thomas Mawdycke in 1591) from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Pageant and is justly famous for its chillingly evocative tale of Herod’s rage. Woven into The Song Company’s telling of the story are new Australian and English carols, as well as a Gloria in excelsis from the first part of the 15th century with upbeat syncopations and happy harmonies that could have been written yesterday.

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - MOZART - PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Prague - St. Simon & Jude Church

Monday July 3rd, 2017– 7:00pm

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 – 7:00pm

Music Director: John Nardolillo

Stage Director: Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves

 

Salzburg - Stiftung Mozarteum Große Saal

Sunday July 9th – 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Music Director: John Nardolillo
Stage Director: Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves

OPERA SCENES BY SINGERS FROM THE PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Friday June 30, 2017
7:30 PM
Martinů Hall, Lichtenstein Palace – Prague

Conductors: Michelle Di Russo, John Paul Jennings, Jotaro Nakano
Stage Directors: Darya Zholnerova and Joachim Schamberger
Rafael Gordillo, Marcello Cormio, Scott Rednour & Justina Lee, piano

ART SONG RECITAL TABOR

Thursday, June 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Divadlo Oskara Nedbala -Tábor

Singers of the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival
Marcello Cormio, Scott Rednour, Rafael Gordillo & Justina Lee, piano

HANNAH FRASER & FRIENDS FAREWELL GALA

OPERATIC FUNDRAISER CONCERT 

FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2017, 8PM 

Hannah is flying to Europe in April to further her operatic studies in Italy, Prague, Salzburg & Tabor. To celebrate please join us for a beautiful evening of operatic repertoire! Hear solos, duets & trios from some of our favourite composers; Mozart, Bellini, Puccini, Delibes, Schubert and many more. 

Performers 

Katherine Allen (soprano)

Hannah Fraser (mezzo)

Damian Arnold (tenor)

Kaine Hayward (tenor)

Jared Lillehagen (baritone)

Benjamin Burton (accompanist)

Address: 

Sydney Unitarian Church

15 Francis St, Darlinghurst

OPERA BY THE LAKE 2017

Saturday March 4, 2017

The Rotary Club of Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Creative Network will come together to bring you an afternoon full of culture by the beautiful Wallis Lake - an Opera Gala to remember with arias and ensembles from the world's most adored operas. For 2017 Voci Stupende and other talented String Musicians will provide the pre show entertainment in the beautiful setting of Tuncurry's John Wright Park. This operatic celebration is presented on the open air stage in the park & fully seated - this will be one not to miss, with wine & food also on offer. Join us in the glamour and gorgeousness of Opera in the great outdoors!

Sopranos: Rebecca Moret, Katherine Allen & Michelle Ryan

Mezzo Soprano: Hannah Fraser

Tenor: Damian Arnold

Baritone: Jared Lillehagen

Handel's second last oratorio and favourite work, Theodora has come to be recognised in the last twenty years as Handel's masterpiece. A succession of the most beautiful arias and choruses, Theodora is a profoundly moving experience and a tale from ancient Rome that speaks to our hearts, here and now. Innocence, love, faith and courage bloom strong and full of promise, only to be struck down by blind hatred and the thirst for power. 

Theodora by George Frederic Handel

libretto by Thomas Morrell

Performances

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 7pm

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 7pm
Saturday 3, December 2016, 7pm
Sunday 4, December 2016, 5pm
Tuesday 6, December 2016, 7pm

Glories stream from heaven afar – a sumptuous programme of carols with Georgian, Greek, and other connections. The traditional Christmas story is not just about one transfigured night in Bethlehem, but stretches from the Annunciation some nine months earlier, to the visit of the wise men and Herod’s subsequent attempt to wipe out the rival boy-King – by then possibly a year or two old.

Arvo Pärt and John Tavener’s music is well-known for its iconic beauty; that of Ivan Moody and Artistic Director Antony Pitts also draws on the resonant solemnity of the Orthodox liturgy, while the more earthly and rousing carols bring the celebrations home.

Program
Arvo Pärt:
Magnificat
Jonathan Pitts:
Hark the Herald Angels sing!
Ivan Moody: The Manger:
A Carol for Christmas
Antony Pitts:
O Holy of Holies
John Sheppard:
Reges Tharsis
John Tavener:
The Lamb
plus a seasonal selection from The Naxos Book of Carols

Full tour schedule

Blackheath, Saturday 12th November, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church

Sydney, Thursday 3rd November 7.30pm St James' Church

Canberra, Friday 4th November, 6.00pm Wesley Music Centre Canberra

Wollongong, Sunday 6th November, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery

Newcastle, Thursday 10th November, 7.00pm Christ Church Cathedral

Sydney, Sunday 13th November, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney

CALLAN PARK, BY ANDREW HOWES

12pm and 4pm on 23rd October

Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, alongside one of Australia's premiere vocal ensembles Song Company, will perform a thought-provoking and emotive work by young Australian composer Andrew Howes that was commissioned by the chorus back at the beginning of 2016.

The work celebrates one of our local landmarks, Callan Park. Andrew writes: 

“I have been privileged, this year, to write a piece about Callan Park. I grew up on a street that ends with the park, and spent much of my youth cycling or walking beneath the willows, cypress and pines. And the stories of its history gave the place a strange, somber air – something that I have strived to capture in this piece.

 

There are two central themes in this work: despair and optimism. 

Despair comes from lives lost, lives lived and lives forgotten, within Callan Park. Of the stories on which I’ve focused, all deal with despair in different ways – Louisa Lawson, who lost a child, and later her mind, and George McQuay, who lost all memories to shell shock.  But the central, imperative balance to despair, optimism, shines through as well, if only in a peace to find at the end of all stories.”

 

Program

Green Mosaic: Kezia Yap

From Hell to Heaven: Andrew Howes

 

Artistic Director Michelle Leonard will host a conversation at the start of the concert with the composer and leading authorities on Callan Park’s history to set the scene for this remarkable new work.

 

Leichhardt Town Hall

107 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040

CANOWINDRA BAROQUE FESTIVAL

OPERATIC RECITAL

October 2016 will see the 2nd Canowindra Baroquefest, 3 days of beautiful baroque music performed in interesting, varied and historic settings.

Voci Stupende will deliver a captivating musical journey as the singers present solos, duets, trios and ensemble pieces from some of the best loved operatic repertoire from the baroque and classical periods.    

WENTWORTH FALLS VOCI STUPENDE

Meeting with resounding success and acclaim in recitals over numerous regional centres, Voci Stupende is an opera troupe with a difference. Made up of young, dynamic performers graduated from around Australia they will take you on a superbly crafted musical journey.

 

Voci Stupende continues to assimilate fledgling operatic talent and since 2013 has taken on more than 30 young singers and accompanists.

The program will be an operatic feast featuring well known pieces such as the lovely Flower Duet from Delibes’ opera, Lakmé , the famous Doll Song from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman , exciting ensembles from Verdi’s popular La Traviata and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. No less seductive are melodies from Mozart ,Puccini and Rossini and lesser known gems from Monteverdi, Gounod and Donizetti.

Wentworth Falls School of Arts

In 1939 Billie Holiday first sang the song Strange Fruit (actually written by a white Jewish teacher, Abel Meeropol) and brought to raw prominence the inequity of much of America's history. She was afraid to sing it, even in the integrated, welcoming environment of Café Society in New York’s Greenwich Village, and when she finished, there “wasn’t even a patter of applause.... 

Then a lone person began to clap nervously. Then suddenly everybody was clapping.” In this programme of blues, jazz, gospel, and more, The Song Company sing of the pain of alienation, and reach beyond the heartbreaking imagery of Strange Fruit to touch a place of reconciliation and healing.

 

Program:
Strange fruit
Motherless child
Go down, Moses
It ain’t necessarily so (Revised Version)
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
I’ll get by

Full tour schedule

Sydney, Friday 7th October, 7.30pm Pier 4 The Wharf Hickson Road

Blackheath, Saturday 8th October, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church

Sydney, Sunday 9th October, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney

Berry, Wednesday 12th October, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church

Canberra, Thursday 13th October, 6.00pm Wesley Uniting Church

MOORAMBILLA VOICES - GALA CONCERT

Join the incredible choirs of Moorambilla Voices as they celebrate 11 magnificent years of this remarkable program.

See firsthand the power of the Japanese taiko drums with Taikoz and the beauty of the foremost vocal ensemble in Australia The Song Company. Witness musicians of the highest calibre in the Australian World Orchestra as chamber ensemble in residence, as they join the angelic voices of the Moorambilla Regional Girls and Boys Choir and the MAXed OUT Company on stage. A 70 minute concert that will leave you spellbound.

These two concerts will showcase a song cycle by Elana Kats Chernin about the Brewarrina fish traps and a large multi-discipline work on the stories and landscape of Mt Grenfell, created by our young composers in residence and the candidates themselves.

Lead by Artistic Director and founder Michelle Leonard, this year’s concert will also feature digital visual artists from the region and some extraordinary movement and dance.

Join us in Victoria Park for magnificent fire sculptures and lanterns after the 7.00pm concert.

Be prepared to be amazed at the capacity and skill of the region’s children and youth – this is Moorambilla Voices.

 

SEX AND DEATH

7pm, Wednesday 14th September 2016 

7pm, Thursday 15th September 2016 

The AAQ continues its extraordinary debut season in a collaboration with Australia's leading vocal group The Song Company and one of the more interesting people on the planet - Mr Lyle Chan, composer and speaker. 

Program

Marenzio   Sweet Kisses (Song Company)
Schubert   Quartet Death and the Maiden
Chan         Mark & Adrian Are Her Sons
Verdi         Quartet in E minor  
Purcell      Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (with Song Company)

In 1616, the same year that Shakespeare died, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in his ship Eendracht (the Concord) landed off the coast of Shark Bay and became the first European to leave a record of his visit to the Australian Continent. Word of his voyage encouraged further navigation, and ultimately led to a shared history described by Tim Flannery as neither a simple tale of European triumph and possession or just “a kind of abomination – the penetration of a fragile continent”. The Concord of Strangers contrasts Renaissance music from Hartog’s musical DNA in the Low Countries with the sounds of Australia old and new.

 

Program
A sea of polyphony from the earlier generations of composers from the Low Countries
A soundscape of contemporary and Indigenous Australian work – from The Song Company’s Call for Audio
A selection of chansons, madrigals, and motets by Sweelinck from his Rimes francaises et italiennes (1612) and Cantiones
Sacrae (1619)

 

Full tour schedule

Melbourne, Friday 26th August, 7pm Melbourne Recital Centre

Newcastle, Thursday 1st September, 7.00pm Newcastle Conservatorium

Canberra, Saturday 3rd September, 6.00pm Wesley Uniting Church

Wollongong, Sunday 4th September, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery

Sydney, Friday 9th September, 7.30pm Utzon Room Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Saturday 10th September, 3.00pm Utzon Room Sydney Opera House

In collaboration with Hollis Taylor

Olivier Messiaen described birds as the “greatest musicians on the planet” and Hollis Taylor has followed his example in finding direct inspiration in their dazzling and ever-varied song. Her suite of dialogues with the Australian Pied Butcherbird forms the backbone of this programme ending with a piece of collaborative/participatory sound art by A.M. Self in which the audience is free to take flight...

 

Program
Hollis Taylor:
Pied Butcherbird Suite
Korean traditional:
Sae-Ta-Ryung
(Song of the Birds)
A.M. Self:
I believe I can fly...
and other flights of fancy

 

Full tour schedule

Blackheath, Saturday 6th August, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church

Sydney, Sunday 7th August, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney

Berry, Wednesday 10th August, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church

Sydney, Saturday 13th August, 3.00pm Glebe Town Hall

A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY

In collaboration with Gary Watt

The lifetime of an individual, as outlined by William Shakespeare in As You Like It is the unfolding framework for both the familiar and the unexpected – in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s words, “the inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history”.

Part-theatre, part-concert programme celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, A Strange Eventful History draws on the work of scholar Gary Watt on performance rhetoric for the Royal Shakespeare Company and his forthcoming Shakespeare’s Acts of Will, and on contemporary settings from The Song Company’s Call for Scores.


A selection of Shakespeare settings by Banister, Byrd, Johnson, Landsman, and Morley
Dances including:
Munday’s Joy
The Queenes Alman
La Volta
Mal Sims

Blackheath: Saturday 18th June, 3.00pm Blackheath Uniting Church
Canberra: Saturday 25th June, 6.00pm Wesley Uniting Church
Newcastle: Thursday 23rd June, 7.00pm Newcastle Conservatorium
Wollongong: Sunday 26th June, 3.00pm Wollongong ART Gallery
Sydney: Sunday 19th June, 3.00pm Independent Theatre North Sydney
Sydney: Tuesday 21st June, 7.30pm Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC
Berry: Monday 27th June, 7.00pm Berry Uniting Church

SAUL - G.F Händel

Sunday, June 5, 2016

4:00pm  7:00pm

St James, King Street 

Hannah will be joining the Leichardt Espresso Chorus as one of the soprano soloists (Michal) in Handel's Saul the oratorio in three acts based on the Book of Samuel. Michelle Leonard conducts the chorus, some of Australia's leading oratorio specialists, and chamber orchestra in the wonderful acoustic of St James' Church, King Street, Sydney.

4pm, Sunday 5th June, St James King Street, Sydney.

METROPOLIS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL MELBOURNE

CITY SCAPES - ELIZABETH MURDOCH HALL

Wed, May 18, 2016 6:00pm  

Wander through the sounds of city streets through the ages – as composed by Orlando Gibbons and Luciano Berio.

The program also includes Aaron Copland’s gritty Music for a Great City and two works inspired by Atlanta, Georgia: Jennifer Higdon’s City Scape, and Michael Kurth’s Everything Lasts Forever.

Song Company perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

This concert is part of Metropolis New Music Festival 2016.

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre

GO INTO THE CITY - THE SALON

Thu, May 19, 2016 7:00pm

A one-hour recital program building on The Cries of Melbourne – a newly-created collaborative work by local composers made up of street recordings from Melbourne and composed vocal cries.

Go into the City features poly-textual motets from medieval Europe juxtaposed with contemporary commentary, including political caricature from Tim Hansen’s satirical song cycle Howls from the House.

The history of composed “cries” stretches back to Clément Janequin’s Cris de Paris in the first half of the 16th century, and since then, Orlando Gibbons’ depiction of the street cries of London; in the 1970s Luciano Berio continued the tradition with his own London cries, originally written for the King’s Singers and reworked for the Swingle Singers. In this hour-long sequence (following their concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), The Song Company dig down even earlier – to a Parisian strawberry-seller in the 13th-century Montpellier Codex – and layer the brand new city textures of The Cries of Melbourne with fragments of passion, parody, riot and ruin from Paris, Tournai, Canberra, and London.

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

5:30pm  Sun, May 8, 20166:30pm

Held from 28 April - 8 May 2016 CIMF is a growing festival that features some of Australia's finest musicians, and international guest musicians with specific performance fields. In 2015 the focus was on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (yes, all of them!), the music of Philip Glass, the Russian Masters, and Hildegard von Bingen. This year, the 2016 Festival has a Spanish/Latino flair, and we are joined by many artists with experience in this vein.

Song Company will return to the festival in the following performances: