AT A VERY EXCITING CEREMONY IN PARIS on May 4 attended
by 900 of the crème de la crème of France’s classical
music industry, the Académie du disque lyrique
awarded the prestigious Prix Gabriel Fauré for
best musical interpretation to Melba for its disc
Turbulent Heart. This is the third award
given to Melba by the Académie. In 2009 Timothy
Mussard won Le Prix Lauritz Melchior for his
performance in Götterdämmerung; in 2007
Stuart Skelton won the same prize for his role in
Le Prix Gabriel Fauré follows on from the
ecstatic reception accorded Turbulent Heart
by international critics, but perhaps most fervently by
those in France. Many of these have remarked how
wonderful it is that such rare French music has been
revived in exemplary style by an Australian company.
Opéra said Turbulent Heart was 'a
lesson from the Antipodes' and 'a revelation'. The
magazine singled out Turbulent Heart for
further especial praise awarding it Le diamant
d’Opéra. Meanwhile Opus Haute Définition
described it as 'an indispensable disc of French vocal
music presented in a faultless SACD recording.'
accolade for Steve Davislim, Guillaume Tourniaire and
Queensland Symphony Orchestra is added to the
Gramophone Editor's Choice,
Classic FM [UK] magazine Editor's Choice and many more
glowing reviews from the US, UK and Europe.
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The Melba Foundation celebrated distinguished
Australian Maestro Richard Bonynge’s 80th
birthday year with a very special Tribute Dinner on May
4th. This was hosted by ANZ Trustees in the
beautiful Melbourne Room at the bank’s Queen Street,
Melbourne offices during the Opera Australia Melbourne
season of La sonnambula.
Diva Rosamund Illing, and star of Opera Australia
and the Metropolitan Opera, baritone Joshua Bloom,
performed with exciting pianist Benjamin Martin.
Maestro Bonynge occupies a very special place in
the hearts of the Melba Recordings family. His
imprimatur gave the label its impetus, his passion for
recordings and love of unique repertoire have been a
major influence in the development of the Melba label.
Maestro Bonynge is a Commandeur de l’Ordre National de
Mérite for his services to French music. Melba's
Richard Bonynge Edition now consists of six
recordings and a DVD.
Melba CEO, Maria Vandamme's tribute to Richard Bonynge
Melba Foundation chair, Richard Alston's dinner speech
The Steinway piano for the Richard Bonynge Tribute
Dinner was supplied by
Exclusive Piano Group
THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
Bellini’s La sonnambula has a
fearsome reputation amongst sopranos with its dazzling
coloratura, tumbling melodies and exhilarating
ensembles. Now, in Opera Australia’s first ever staging
of this bel canto classic, Maestro Richard Bonynge
conducts Emma Matthews as she makes her debut as the
sleeping songbird Amina.
Caught in the wrong bed? Amina is passionately in love
with Elvino, but when she is found in Count Rodolfo’s
chambers on the night before their wedding, Elvino is
understandably dismayed. Can she explain her mistake?
Fable meets Freud in this elegant new production.
Director Julie Edwardson has used twentieth century
psychoanalysis to cast new light and colour on this
PREPARE TO BE SWEPT AWAY BY SONG! Opera Australia is
pleased to offer Melba Recordings enews readers the
chance to win one of 10 double passes to Bellini’s
sonnambula on Wednesday 11 May performance at the Arts
To enter be one of the first ten people to ring Melba
Recordings (03) 9534 5004 on Monday 10 May.
AS A SPECIAL OFFER TO ALL eNEWS
SUBSCRIBERS, purchase any CD or DVD from
Bonynge Edition and you’ll receive
a copy of Puccini Passion
with Cheryl Barker FREE! This offer is available until
31 May 2010 and only to phone sales (03) 9534 5004 or
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