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Go behind the scenes for insights on our recordings, our artists and our future plans. Follow our artists' schedules and share the excitement of their journeys.

19/11/2009
KRISTIAN Winther sits at a South Melbourne cafe in the spring sunshine with his back to the Australian National Academy of Music. The classical bulk of the institution looms large, literally and figuratively, in the life of the young violinist....
1/11/2009
  Renowned lover of French music, Barry Humphries, is in town promoting his new book Handling Edna and touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He joined fellow Melba Ambassadors, Barry Tuckwell and Barry Jones and Melba Managing...
1/08/2009
Park Lane Group, Purcell Room, London, 07/01/2009 The promotion of young talent has become so central to today’s music world that you wonder how artists ever established themselves in the past. But they did, and for more than 50 years they have...
27/04/2009
The Prix Lauritz Melchior, Académie du disque lyrique (Paris) was awarded to Timothy Mussard for his role as Siegfried in Melba's Götterdämmerung recording.This prestigious award recognized Mussard as the outstanding Heldentenor recorded that year...
29/09/2008
During the 1880s, it was fashionable to go to the concerts on Sunday afternoon in Paris, a fact that must have urged Saint-Saëns to compose Nuit Persane. He had composed in 1870 a collection of six melodies for voice and piano taken from a...
29/09/2008
The cantata Nuit Persane is one of Saint-Saëns’ numerous exercises in exotisme, and comes from the pen of a confirmed orientalist who, since 1873, had been a frequent visitor to Algeria and had always maintained more than a passing interest in...
29/09/2008
It was a mistake for Peleus and Thetis not to have invited the goddess Discordia to their wedding. But she came anyway, throwing a golden apple, inscribed with the words ‘to the Fairest’, among the other divinities present. When Hera, Aphrodite...
29/09/2008
It was due to a chance encounter in front of the Grand Hotel, located near the Paris Opera with the Director of the Théâtre de Monte Carlo, during the summer of 1902 that Saint-Saëns wrote his opera Hélène. Raoul Gunsbourg offered to commission a...
30/08/2008
"A lot people know what the Sydney Opera House looks like but not many know what goes on inside it,"says Maria Vandamme, founder of the Melba Foundation and Melba Recordings. The redoubtable campaigner, who trained as a pianist and became a...
4/08/2008
This is a conversation with conductor Guillaume Tourniaire on his return from the Macerata Festival (Italy), where he oversaw the first production of Marco Turino’s opera based on The Servant by Robin Maugham (July 2008). He talks about the score he...