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Music for the voice, featuring the greatest singers from the past and present in a repertoire including art songs, ballads, lieder, sacred works, choral music, and items from operas and musicals.

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MTC is one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1953, MTC is also the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and currently exists as a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbour


11th January

Show Playlist
  • Introduction
  • Thomas: Mignon: Je suis Titania. Maria Callas, sop., French Radio NO/Georges Pretre.
  • Schubert: Song of Mignon, D877/4. Lauris Elms, contr., John Winther, pno.
  • Mussorgsky: Mephistopheles, song of the flea. Feodor Chaliapin, bass.
  • Schubert: Scene from Goethe's Faust, D126. Merlyn Quaife, sop., Andrea Katz, pno., Nick Dinopoulos, bass-baritone.
  • Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Op.24: D'amour l'ardente flamme. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Orchestre de Paris/Daniel Barenboim.
  • Gounod: Faust: Dance of the Golden Calf. Samuel Ramey, bass, London PO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Julius Rudel.
  • Gounod: Faust. "Ah, je ris de me voir" Joan Carden, sop., Victoria State Opera Orch, Victoria State Opera Chorus/Richard Divall.
  • Massenet: Werther. Letter scene. Victoria de los Angeles, sop., Orchestre de Paris/Georges Pretre.
  • Massenet: Werther - Pourquoi me reveiller. Jonas Kaufmann, ten., Prague PO/Marco Armiliato.

  • 4th January

    Show Playlist
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Jour et nuit je me mets enquatre. Hugues Cuenod, ten., Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Satie: Trois Melodies. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Hugues Cuenod, ten.
  • Verdi: Otello: Mia madre aveva... Piangea cantando... Ave Maria. Regine Crespin, sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Poulenc: C from Deux Poemes. Regine Crespin, sop., John Wustman, pno.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly Duet: Il m'a semble sur mon epaule.. Natalie Dessay, sop., Laurent Naouri, bar., Lyon Opera Orch/Marc Minkowski.
  • Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Op.24: Devant la maison. Gerard Souzay, bar., New SO/Paul Bonneau.
  • Faure: Clair de Lune, Op.46/2. Dalton Baldwin, pno., Gerard Souzay, bar.
  • Boito: Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo. Roberto Alagna, ten., London PO/Sir Richard Armstrong.
  • Rameau: Platee: Quittez nymphes quittez. Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, ten., Opera Lafayette/Ryan Brown.
  • Wagner R: Die Walkure. James King, ten., Regine Crespin, sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 28th December

    Show Playlist
  • Introduction
  • Verdi: La traviata: Brindisi. Maria Callas, sop., Francesco Albanese, ten., Turin RAI SO, Turin Chorus of Italian Broad. Auth./Gabriele Santini.
  • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana.Viva, il vino spumeggiante.Placido Domingo, ten, Philharmonia Orch, Royal Opera House Chorus/Giuseppe Sinopoli.
  • Marschner: Der Vampyr. Im Herbst, da muss man trinken. Josef Otten, bs, Franz Gerihsen, bs, Kay Immer, ten, Hein Heidbüchel, ten, Marietta Schwittay-Niedzwicki, m-s. West German Radio Orchestra/Helmuth Froschauer
  • Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: Il segreto per esser felici. Vivica Genaux, m-sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble/John Nelson.
  • Thomas: Hamlet: Brindisi. Bo Skovhus, bar., English National Opera Orch/James Conlon.
  • Offenbach: La Perichole. Regine Crespin, sop., Alain Vanzo, ten., Strasbourg PO, Rhin Opera Chorus/Alain Lombard.
  • Strauss Jnr: A Night in Venice. Nicolai Gedda, ten., Rita Streich, sop., Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Gisela Litz, contr., Cesare Curzi, ten., Bavarian Radio Chorus, Graunke SO/Franz Allers.
  • Flotow: Martha. Lass mich euch fragen. Josef Greindl, bs, Chorus of Berlin Staatsopera, Berlin Staatskapelle/Johannes Schüler.
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann. Drig, drig, drig, maitre Luther. Dresden State Orch, Leipzig Radio Choir/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Strauss Jnr: Die Fledermaus. Im Feuerstrom der Reben. Agnes Baltsa, m-sop., Lucia Popp, sop., Wolfgang Brendel, bar., Kurt Rydl, bass, Peter Seiffert, ten., Eva Lind, sop., Heinz Zednik, ten., Ulrike Steinsky, sop., Cornelius Ilgen, sop., Helmut Lohner, bass, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orch/Placido Domingo.

  • 21st December

    Show Playlist
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Jour et nuit je me mets enquatre. Hugues Cuenod, ten., Swiss Romande Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Satie: Trois Melodies. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Hugues Cuenod, ten.
  • Verdi: Otello: Mia madre aveva... Piangea cantando... Ave Maria. Regine Crespin, sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.
  • Poulenc: C from Deux Poemes. Regine Crespin, sop., John Wustman, pno.
  • Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Fly Duet: Il m'a semble sur mon epaule.. Natalie Dessay, sop., Laurent Naouri, bar., Lyon Opera Orch/Marc Minkowski.
  • Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Op.24: Devant la maison. Gerard Souzay, bar., New SO/Paul Bonneau.
  • Faure: Clair de Lune, Op.46/2. Dalton Baldwin, pno., Gerard Souzay, bar.
  • Poulenc: Metmorphose No.1: Reine des Mouettes. Dalton Baldwin, pno., Gerard Souzay, bar.
  • Boito: Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo. Roberto Alagna, ten., London PO/Sir Richard Armstrong.
  • Wagner R: Die Walkure. Act 1 Finale. James King, ten., Regine Crespin, sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.

  • 14th December

    Show Playlist
  • Britten: The Last Rose of Summer. Steve Davislim, ten., Simone Young, pno.
  • Mendelssohn: Infelice, Op.94. Rosamund Illing, sop., Melbourne SO/Heribert Esser.
  • Mahler: Song of the Earth. "Der Trunkene im Frühling". Stuart Skelton, ten., Sydney SO/Vladimir Ashkenazy.
  • Dell'Acqua: Villanelle. Vincenzo Scalera, pno., Jessica Pratt, sop.
  • Mozart (arr. Cohrs): Mass No.18 in C minor, 'Great', K427. Laudamus te. Siobhan Stagg, sop., The Consort of Melbourne, The Orch Project/Peter Tregear.
  • Cavalli: Giasone. Dall'oriente porge. Nick Dinopoulos, bass-baritone, Orch of the Antipodes/Erin Helyard.
  • Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52. Darryl Coote, pno., Max Cooke, pno., Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Kate Ladner, sop., Michael Terry, ten., Warwick Fyfe, bass.
  • Weill: Tschaikowsky. Peter Coleman-Wright, bar., Benjamin Burton, pno., Nexas Quartet.
  • Massenet: Herodiade: Il est doux, il est bon. Helena Dix, sop., Orch Victoria/John Curro.

  • 7th December

    Show Playlist
  • Finzi: It was a lover and his lass. Dame Janet Baker, m-sop., Martin Isepp, pno.
  • Zeller: Der Vogelhandler: Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Josef Traxel, ten., Berlin State Opera Chorus, Unnamed Orch/Wilhelm Schuchter.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio. Mir ist so wunderbar. Christa Ludwig, m-sop., Walter Berry, bass, Ingeborg Hallstein, sop., Gerhard Unger, ten., Philharmonia Orch, Philharmonia Chorus/Otto Klemperer.
  • Handel: Alcina: Ma quando tornerai. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Il Complesso Barocco/Alan Curtis.
  • Rossini: Italian Girl in Algiers. Languir per una bella. Lawrence Brownlee, ten., Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis/Alberto Zedda.
  • Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda: Eccomi pronto .. Deh, se un'urna. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., London SO, Ambrosian Singers/Richard Bonynge.
  • Schubert: Lieder after Mayrhofer. Der Zurnenden Diana D707 Christoph Pregardien, ten., Andreas Staier, hpschd.
  • Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op.37. Where corals lie. Liane Keegan, contr., Royal Melbourne PO/Andrew Wailes.
  • Grainger: Anchor Song. Michael Leighton Jones, bar., Timothy Young, pno., The Consort of Melbourne/Peter Tregear.
  • Delibes: The Maids of Cadiz. Amir Farid, pno., Siobhan Stagg, sop.
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Dich teure Halle. Birgit Nilsson, sop., ROHO/Sir Edward Downes.

  • 30th November

    Show Playlist
  • Farewell Programme no 2
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - La mia pace, la mia calma. Marilyn Horne, m-sop., Turin SO, Turin Symphony Chorus/Alberto Zedda.
  • Verdi: La traviata: Di provenza il mar. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, bar., Rotterdam PO/Valery Gergiev.
  • Stolz: Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., Bavarian SO/Carl Michalski.
  • Godard: Jocelyn - Angels Guard Thee. Kenneth McKellar, ten., /Peter Knight.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Kuda, kuda, kuda. Rolando Villazon, ten., Munich Radio Orch/Michel Plasson.
  • Gounod: Faust: Jewel Song. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Bavarian RSO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Suppe: Boccaccio: Mia Bella Fiorentina. Simon Keenlyside, bar., Angelika Kirchschlager, sop., Lower Austria Tonkunstler Orch/Alfred Eschwe.
  • Donizetti: The Elixir of Love: Una furtiva lagrima. Joseph Calleja, ten., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Carlo Rizzi.
  • Porter: In the Still of the Night. Thomas Hampson, bar., London SO/John McGlinn.
  • Chopin (arr. Melichar): In mir klingt ein Lied. Anneliese Rothenberger, sop., North West German PO/Werner Schmidt-Boelcke.
  • Tosti (arr. Chiaramello): 'A vucchella. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Bologna Theatre Orch/Anton Guadagno.

  • 23rd November

    Show Playlist
  • First farewell Programme
  • Strauss R: Amor, Op.68/5. Kathleen Battle, sop., Margo Garrett, pno.
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Prince Gremin's Aria. Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, ROHO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Constanze, to see you once more. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Vienna State Opera Orch/Josef Krips.
  • Strauss R: Morgen, Op.27/4. Fritz Wunderlich, ten., Bavarian RSO/Jan Koetsier.
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater - Fac ut portem. Cecilia Bartoli, m-sop., Vienna State Opera Orch/Giuseppe Patane.
  • Verdi: La traviata: Parigi o cara. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., National PO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - Donde lieta usci. Renata Tebaldi, sop., Unnamed Orch/Angelo Questa.
  • Schubert: Erlkonig, D.328. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Bellini: I Puritani: Son vergin vezzosa. Sumi Jo, sop., Orch of St Luke's/Richard Bonynge.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Toreador's Song. Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone, Tatiana Troyanos, m-sop., Norma Burrowes, sop., Jane Berbie, m-sop., Pierre Thau, bass, London PO, John Alldis Choir/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Verdi: La forza del destino: Pace, pace mio Dio. Monserrat Caballe, sop., Royal PO/Anton Guadagno.