Upcoming performances for our Artists in April 2017

March 31, 2017

Upcoming performances for our Artists in April 2017


Sensory with OperaQ and GOMA. Lindy Hume: Director. GOMA, Brisbane. 7 April at 18:30. For one night only, OperaQ singers, dancers, and musicians will perform against a visual backdrop of artworks as we celebrate GOMA Turns 10 in this ‘art-meets-opera’ event. OperaQ artists guide guests through gallery spaces in a dreamlike journey where music, opera, performance, and art collide in a sensory experience like no other.

The Australia Piano Quartet perform Mozart Piano quartet in E flat major K.452 (after quintet for piano and winds), Mozart Piano quartet no. 1 in G minor K.478, and Schumann Piano quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, for the Sydney Mozart Society. Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, NSW. 7 April at 20:00.

Christopher Richardson performs Bach St John Passion with the Choir and Orchestra of the Parish Church of St James. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. 7 April at 19:00.

Robert Macfarlane performs Orff Carmina Burana with the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus. Elder Hall, Adelaide. 8 April at 19:30.

Emma Matthews together with José Carbó (baritone), will be joined by emerging operatic artists and the Rockdale Opera Company Ensemble in a program of highlights from opera, operetta and the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, for Rockdale Opera’s Gala Fundraising Concert. Rockdale Town Hall, Rockdale, Sydney. 8 April at 19:30.

24 American Songs with Pacific Opera Young Artists and Simon Kenway. The Pacific Opera Young Artists will perform songs by Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Previn, Rorem, Sondheim, Weill and Race for the Sky, a song cycle by Richard Pearson Thomas. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. 9 April at 15:00.

Emma Matthews gives a recital of songs and arias by Schubert, Mozart, Thomas, Donizetti, Bernstein, Lehar, Herbert and more, as part of the Great Performers series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. 12 April at 19:30.

Bach St John Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir. Andrew Goodwin: Evangelist, Jeremy Kleeman: Bass arias, Pilate and Peter.  Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. 14 April at 15:00.

Bach St Matthew Passion with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Robert Macfarlane: EvangelistChristopher Richardson: ChristusCeleste Lazarenko: sopranoSally-Anne Russell: mezzo soprano, Jonathan Abernethy: tenor. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House. 15 April at 13:00.

Four Winds Festival presents Latin Spirit: A festival celebrating the sounds of tango and flamencoJames Crabb and Tango Jam 2 perform tango and flamenco favourites at the Windsong Pavilion, Bermagui on 15 April at 19:00, and then perform with José Carbó (baritone) at the Sound Shell, on 16 April at 16:00.

Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci with State Opera of South Australia. Andrew Sinclair: Director. Douglas McNicol: Tonio. Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. Opens 18 April, with further performances on 20 and 22 April. 

Pieter Wispelwey
 returns to Australia for the first of two visits this year. He will be performing with the Australian String Quartet and Caroline Almonte (pianist) in a wide variety of chamber music ranging from solo to quintet, encompassing the works of Schubert, Gordon Kerry (String Quintet no. 2, world premiere), Tanayev and more, at the Margaret River Weekend of Music: 21 – 23 April, followed by the Dunkeld Festival of Music: 28 – 30 April and 30 April – 2 May. 
Pieter returns to Australia again in August to give recitals with Sydney Symphony Orchestra (with whom he will also play and direct a Haydn and Mozart programme), Recitals Australia and Melbourne Recital Centre. 

The Bodyguard with Gordon Frost Organisation. Trudy Dalgleish: Associate Lighting Designer. Sydney Lyric Theatre. Opens 27 April, running until 25 June, before transferring to the Lyric Theatre QPAC in Brisbane from 19 July, then the Regent Theatre in Melbourne from 24 August.

Roland Peelman’s third Canberra International Music Festival as Artistic Director is running from 27 April – 7 May. The Festival’s theme for 2017 is Revolution – A music adventure from the barricades of time. 

  • On 28 April at 11:00: Written in BloodRoland Peelman, Paul Hetherington and other festival artists present a number of songs by Schubert, Shostakovich, Nuyts and others, that bear witness to the ambivalence and heroism that surround some of history’s greatest conflics. Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon.
  • On 28 April at 19:30: Opening GalaRoland Peelman joins William Barton (didgeridoo), Lisa Moore (piano), Alexandre da Costa (violin), Simón Bolívar String Quartet, Minh Le Hoang (guitar) in the Opening Gala showcasing the Festival’s international stars. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.
  • On 29 April at 14:30The October Revolution – Roland Peelman (piano) joins Louise Page (soprano), Orit Orbach (clarinet), Florian Peelman (viola), David Periera (cello) and Lisa Moore (piano) in works by Mozart, Nuyts and Shostakovich. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.
  • On 30 April at 18:30 – Dreaming across the Horizon – William Barton (didgeridoo), Brenda Gifford, Tobias Cole with Vocal Fry and Turner Trebles, Clive Birch (bass), Simón Bolívar String Quartet and Ensemble Offspring perform Aboriginal children’s songs and stories, and There Was a Man Lived in the Moon, a series of traditional nursery rhymes set by Andrew Ford. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston. 
  • On 3 May at 18:30 – Last Statement – Shu-Cheen Yu (soprano) and Roland Peelman (piano) perform Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.
  • On 5 May at 19:30 – Barricades of Time – Richard Gill conducts Coro, Russian Orthodox Choir of Sydney and Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) in Dussek The Sufferings of the Queen of France, Grétry Selection of songs, Berlioz March to the Scaffold and Rachmaninoff The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (extracts). Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.
  • On 6 May at 19:30 - Why do the Nations?  - Jeremy Kleeman performs Handel Why do the Nations rage? from Handel Messiah. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston.
  • On 7 May at 18:30 - Festival Finale – Roland Peelman conducts Jeremy Kleeman and Shu-Cheen Yu (soprano) in Hing-yan Chan Double Happiness (world premiere) and Mussorgsky arr. Yu Pictures at an Exhibition. Fitters’ Workshop, Kingston. 

Two Weddings, One Bride with Opera Australia. John Bolton Wood: Philippe. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. Opens 29 April, running until 21 May (Season 1), with Season 2 from 7 – 25 June, and Season 3 from 12 – 22 October. Performances Tuesday – Sunday each week, with two performances on Wednesdays.

Simon Kenway conducts the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Faure Pelleas et Melisande, Rojas Piano Concert no.1 "Latin" (Daniel Rojas, piano) and Poulenc Gloria. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney. 29 April at 19:00 and 30 April at 14:00.

Emma Matthews performs some of her favourite arias from opera and musicals at Opera in the Vineyards at Ballandean Estate, with Opera Queensland. Ballandean Estate, Ballandean, Queensland. 30 April at 14:30. 


Die Zauberflöte with Les Talens Lyrique in concert. Siobhan Stagg: Pamina. Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France. 3 April at 19:30.

Richard Gill is Artist in Residence at the Taipei American School from 3 – 28 April. Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Caitlin Hulcup and Lada Valesova (piano) give a recital, “Cara Alma”, featuring songs of Alma Mahler, Zemlinsky, Brahms, Mahler and Strauss. The residence of Bob and Elizabeth Boas, 22 Mansfield St London, United Kingdom. 5 April at 19:30.

Tosca with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Peter Rose: Sacristan. Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany. Opens 7 April, with further performances on 10, 13 and 17 April.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. Siobhan Stagg: Blonde. Cuvilliéstheater, Staatstheater am GärtnerplatzMunich, Germany. Opens 11 April, with further performances on 13, 15 and 17 April.

Tristan und Isolde with Bayerische Staatsoper. Simone Young: Conductor. Nationaltheater, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany. 13, 17 and 21 April.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with the Wiener Symphoniker. Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria. 15 April and 16 April at 19:30.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renaud Capuçon and The Knights perform Mendelssohn Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France. 20 April at 20:30.

Stuart Skelton performs Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 21 and 22 April at 20:00.

Simone Young conducts the Dresdener Philharmonie in a programme of Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet ballet suite and Reimann fragment from Lear (Bo Skovhus, baritone). Großes Haus, Schauspielhaus, Dresden, Germany. 22 and 23 April at 19:30 and 23 April at 11:00.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no. 5 with Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia. 24 April at 19:00.

The Summer King with Pittsburgh Opera. Antony Walker: Conductor. Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, USA. Opens 29 April, with further performances on 2, 5 and 7 May. 

Così fan tutte with Opéra des Nations. Steve Davislim: Ferrando. Opéra des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Opens 30 April with further performances on 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 May.

Looking ahead to the first week of May 2017

Pelléas et Mélisande with the Cleveland Orchestra. Peter Rose: Arkel. Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Opens 2 May, with further performances on 4 and 6 May. 

Robert Macfarlane performs Monteverdi/Kats-Chernin Orfeo – Prologue with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the Metropolis New Music Festival. Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. 4 May at 19:30.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchester. Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany. 4 May and 5 May at 20:00.

Carmen with Opera Australia. Michael Scott-Mitchell: Set Designer. Luke Gabbedy: Dancairo, Sian Pendry: Mercédès. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne. Opens 4 May, with further performances on 6, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 26 May.

La Sonnambula with Victorian Opera. Richard Mills: Conductor. Roxane Hislop: Teresa. Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. 5 May at 19:30.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Musicians from the Gewandhaus Orchester perform Evans Here's That Rainy Day, Gershwin Sweet and Lowdown, Satie Gnosienne Nos. 1 and 4, Poulenc Sextet, Prokofiev Flute Sonata for Klassik underground. Moritzbastei, Leipzig, Germany. 5 May at 22:00.

Jaewoo Kim performs Rossini Stabat Mater  and Verdi Don Carlos duet with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House. 6 May at 20:00 and 7 May at 14:00.

At the Coriole Music Festival, Andrew Goodwin performs:

  • On 6 May at 11:00: Ravel Histoires Naturelles (with David Barnard, piano),
  • On 6 May at 17:00: Janáček The Diary of One Who Disappeared (with Anna Dowsley, mezzo-soprano, Konstantin Shamray, piano, Sisters of Abundance off-stage female voices),
  • On 7 May at 11:00: Ives Songs my mother taught me, Foster Beautiful Dreamer, Ives General William Booth enters into Heaven, Foster I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, Ives Serenity and 1, 2, 3 (with David Barnard, piano).

The Coriole Music Festival takes place in the Barrel Room at the Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia on 6 and 7 May.

Siobhan Stagg performs excerpts from Unsuk Chin’s opera Alice in Wonderland  with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Cologne Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany. 7 May at 20:00.

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