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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


15th March

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  • Intro
  • Britten: Eight folk song arrangements for high voice & harp. Gerald English, ten., Marshall McGuire, harp.
  • Korngold: Dead City - Mariettas Lied, Op.12. Cheryl Barker, sop., Queensland SO/Guillaume Tourniaire.
  • Smetana: Bartered Bride: Our dream of love, how fair it was. Elsie Morison, sop, n.o./n.c.
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar. Donald Smith, ten., Tasmanian SO/Vanco Cavdarski.
  • Handel: Semele - Iris, Hence Away. Sally-Anne Russell, m-sop., Adelaide SO/Nicholas Milton.
  • Merula: Folle e ben che si crede. Terry McKenna, lute, Daniel Thomson, ten., Thomas Leininger, hpschd.
  • Grainger: Willow, Willow. Merlyn Quaife, sop., Michael Kieran Harvey, pno.
  • Verdi: Nabucco: Vieni, O Levita ... Tu sul labbro de'veggenti. Neil Warren-Smith, bass, Sydney SO/Eric Clapham.
  • Strauss R: Friendly Vision, Op.48/1. Steve Davislim, ten., State Orch of Victoria/Simone Young.
  • Strauss R: Standchen, Op.17/2. Steve Davislim, ten., State Orch of Victoria/Simone Young.
  • Grainger: Shenandoah. The Consort of Melbourne/Peter Tregear.

  • 8th March

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  • Introduction
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Huguette Tourangeau, sop., Martti Talvela, bass, Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Sherrill Milnes, bar., London SO/Richard Bonynge.
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena in tal momento?. Beniamino Gigli, ten., Ezio Pinza, bass, Giuseppe de Luca, bar., Amelita Galli-Curci, sop., Louise Homer, contr., Metropolitan Opera Orch/Giulio Setti.
  • Weber: Der Freischutz. Act opening. Francisco Araiza, ten., Kurt Moll, bass, Karita Mattila, sop., Eva Lind, sop., Dresden State Orch, Leipzig Radio Choir/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Beethoven: Fidelio: Mir ist so wunderbar. Laszlo Polgar, bass, Barbara Bonney, sop., Charlotte Margiono, sop., Deon van der Walt, ten., CO of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers. In a contemplative fashoin. Gillian Knight, sop., Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Dawn Bradshaw, sop., New SO, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro. Act 2 finale. Philip Langridge, ten., Yvonne Kenny, sop., Sir Thomas Allen, bar., Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Lucia Popp, sop., Robert Tear, ten., Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sop, Kurt Moll, bass, Giorgio Tadeo, bass, Samuel Ramey, bass, Jane Berbie, m-sop., Jeffrey Tate, hpschd., London PO, London Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Gounod: Faust: Alerte!...Alerte! Anges purs. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass, Franco Corelli, ten., London SO, Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Richard Bonynge.
  • Puccini: La Boheme. Renata Tebaldi, sop., Carlo Bergonzi, ten., Ettore Bastianini, bar., Gianna D'Angelo, sop., Cesare Siepi, bass, Piero de Palma, ten., Fernando Corena, bass, Renato Cesari, bar., St Cecilia Academy Orch, St Cecilia Academy Chorus/Tullio Serafin.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: Marie Theres'!…. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Kirsti Harms, m-sop., Lorina Gore, sop., Queensland SO/Johannes Fritzsch.

  • 1st March

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  • Patter songs
  • Donizetti: The Elixir of Love: Udite, udite, o rustici. Fernando Corena, bass, Swiss Romande Orch/Alberto Erede.
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola: Sia qualunque della figlie. Paolo Bordogna, bar., Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Francesco Lanzillotta.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville: A un dotter della mia sorte. Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone, New Zealand SO/James Judd.
  • Mozart: Clarice cara, K256, concert aria. Christoph Pregardien, ten., La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken.
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale. Aspetta, aspetta .... Gabriel Bacquier, bar.,, Gino Quilico, bar., Lyon Opera Orch, Lyon Opera Chorus/Gabriele Ferro.
  • Sullivan: Ruddigore: My Eyes are Fully Open to my Awful Situation. Kenneth Sandford, bar., John Reed, bar., Jean Allister, contr., ROHO/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Sondheim: Company. Not getting married. Dean Jones, voc., Barbara Barrie, voc., Charles Kimbrough.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Solche hergelaufen. Gottllob Frick, bs,
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe: Love unrequited/When you're lying awake. John Reed, bar., New SO/Isidore Godfrey.
  • Holmes: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Two sides of the coin. Howard McGillin, voc., Cleo Laine, voc., Betty Buckley, voc., George Rose, voc., Patti Cohenour, voc., Unnamed Orch/ Unnamed Conductor.
  • Poulenc: Two poems of Louis Aragon, Op.122: Fetes galantes. Regine Crespin, sop., John Wustman, pno.
  • Auber: Le Domino Noir. Sumi Jo, sop., English CO, London Voices/Richard Bonynge.
  • Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges. L'Arithmetique. Heinz Rehfuss, bar., Jeanine Collard, contr., Jane Berbie, m-sop., Sylvaine Gilma, sop., Michael Senechal, ten., Radio France Chorus, French Radio NO/Lorin Maazel.

  • 22nd February

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  • Mozart: Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K418, concert aria. Emma Matthews, sop., Tasmanian SO/Marko Letonja.
  • Beethoven: No, non turbait .. Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?, WoO92a. Sophie Bevan, sop., The Mozartists/Ian Page.
  • Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op.7: Le spectre de la rose. Stéphane Degout, bar, Les Siècles.François-Xavier Roth
  • Wolf: Goethe-Lieder. Kennst du das Land. Juliane Banse, sop., German SO Berlin/Kent Nagano.
  • Strauss R: Nine orchestral songs: Verführung. Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Scottish NO/Neeme Jarvi.
  • Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op.37. No 1. Elizabeth Campbell, m-sop., Adelaide SO/Nicholas Braithwaite.
  • Mahler: Youths Magic Horn. John Shirley-Quirk, bass, RCO/Bernard Haitink.
  • Ravel: Sheherazade. Asie. Veronique Gens, sop., Orch National des Pays de la Loire/John Axelrod.

  • 15th February

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  • Monteverdi: Pur Ti Miro. Fiona Campbell, contr., David Walker, alto., Ironwood/Neal Peres da Costa.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla. Antoinette Halloran, sop., Rosario La Spina, ten., Queensland Orch/Stephen Mould.
  • Satie: Je te veux. Yvonne Kenny, sop., Malcolm Martineau, pno.
  • Verdi: Otello: Gia nella notte densa. Carlo Cossutta, ten., Margaret Price, sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Strauss R: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Yvonne Minton, m-sop., Helen Donath, sop., Regine Crespin, sop., Otto Wiener, bass, Manfred Jungwirth, bass, Vienna PO, Vienna State Opera Chorus/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Rossini: Armida. Amor, possente nome . Renee Fleming, sop., Donald Kaasch, ten., Gregory Kunde, ten., Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, bar., Jeffrey Francis, ten., Carlo Bosi, ten., Jorio Zennaro, ten., Bruce Fowler, ten., Sergey Zadvorny, bass, Bologna Theatre Orch, Bologna Theatre Chorus/Daniele Gatti.
  • Berlioz: Les Troyens. Jon Vickers, ten., Josephine Veasey, m-sop., Royal Opera House Chorus/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 8th February

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  • Mozart: Nehmt meinen dank, K383, concert aria. Rita Streich, sop., Bavarian RSO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni: Catalogue Aria. Hermann Prey, bar., Salzburg Mozarteum Orch/Bruno Weil.
  • Mozart: The Magic Flute, K.620. Wilma Lipp, sop., Vienna PO,/Wilhelm Furtwangler.
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527. Ma qual mai s'offre, o dei - Fuggi, crudele, fuggi. Elisabeth Grümmer, sop, Fritz Wunderlich, ten. Berlin Symphony Orchestra/Hans Zanotelli
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527. Joyce Di Donato, m-sop., Mahler CO, Rastatt Vocal Ensemble/Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: Ach, Belmonte! Ach, mein Leben! Erna Berger, sop, Lisa Otto, sop, Rudolf Schock, ten, Gerhard Unger, ten. Berlin Symphony Orchestra/Wilhelm Schüchter
  • Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio, K384: O wie will ich triumphieren. Kurt Moll, bass, Munich Radio Orch/Kurt Eichhorn.
  • Mozart: Mass No.18 in C minor, 'Great', K427. Benedictus. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Sylvia McNair, sop., Diana Montague, m-sop., Stephen Charlesworth, intonations, Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 1st February

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  • Wolf: Eichendorff Lieder, excerpts. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Wilhelm Furtwangler, pno.
  • Wolf: Morike Lieder, excerpts. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, sop., Wilhelm Furtwangler, pno.
  • Wolf: From the Italian Songbook. Wer rief dich denn? Erik Werba, pno., Rita Streich, sop.
  • Wolf: Wiegenlied im Sommer. Erik Werba, pno., Rita Streich, sop.
  • Wolf: Italian Songbook: I have come here to sing a serenade. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Hertha Klust, pno.
  • Wolf: Morike Lieder: Neue Liebe. Sviatoslav Richter, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Wolf: Morike Lieder: An die Geliebte. Sviatoslav Richter, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Wolf: Morike Lieder: Im Fruhling. Sviatoslav Richter, pno., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
  • Wolf (arr. Borg): Fuhit meine seele. Kurt Moll, bass, Hanover Radio PO/Cord Garben.
  • Wolf (arr. Borg): Wohl denk ich oft. Kurt Moll, bass, Hanover Radio PO/Cord Garben.
  • Wolf: Spring all the year round. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Ralf Gothoni, pno.
  • Wolf: The shepherd. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Ralf Gothoni, pno.
  • Wolf: The Serenade (Eichendorff Lieder). Ian Bostridge, ten., Antonio Pappano, pno.
  • Wolf: Eichendorff Lieder: Night Magic. Ian Bostridge, ten., Antonio Pappano, pno.
  • Wolf: I have in Penna one lover….. (Italian Songbook). Regine Crespin, sop., John Wustman, pno.

  • 25th January

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  • Intro
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: Caro nome. Dame Nellie Melba, sop.
  • Verdi: Aida: Ritorna vincitor. Florence Austral, sop., Various/ Various.
  • Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance: Oh, Better Far to Live and Die. Peter Dawson, bass-baritone, D'Oyly Carte Opera Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte. John Brownlee, bar., Luise Helletsgruber, sop., Ina Souez, sop., Glyndebourne Festival Orch/Fritz Busch.
  • Strauss R: Elektra, Op.58. "Ich kann nichts sitzen " Marie Collier, sop., Birgit Nilsson, sop., Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Puccini: Madam Butterfly: Give me your darling hands that I may kiss them. Elizabeth Fretwell, sop, Lance Ingram, ten, Orchestra/Eric Clapham
  • Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: elle a fui, la tourterelle. Joan Hammond, sop., Philharmonia Orch/Vilem Tausky.
  • Offenbach: Genevieve de Brabant: Gendarmes' Duet. Malcolm McEachern, bass, Harold Williams, bar., Unnamed Orch.
  • Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne: We have seen sights since eleven. June Bronhill, sop., Jon Weaving, ten., Eric Shilling, bar., Anna Pollak, m-sop., Sadlers' Wells Orch/Alexander Faris.
  • Strauss R: Ariadne auf Naxos: Most mighty of Princesses. Rosalind Keene, SSO/Charles Mackerras