Melba Recordings

Melba eNews | December 2012

Asher Fisch: Liszt Wagner Paraphrases
Image Asher Fisch, conductor of the Adelaide Ring, makes his debut solo piano recording with Melba of Liszt Paraphrases from Wagner's Meistersinger, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Tristan und Isolde.

From the desk of the Chair
Image Gramophone recordings (nowadays referred to as CDs) are an essential element for every aspiring soloist, chamber music group, composer or orchestra.

Guillaume Tourniaire in Melbourne
Image Guillaume Tourniaire in Melbourne for Opera Australia and Orchestra Victoria Following successful performances in Sydney of The Pearlfishers and Carmen with Opera Australia, brilliant French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire comes to Melbourne to direct an OA season in November and December of Lucia dI Lammermoor, with Emma Matthews in the title role.

  November 19, 24, 27, 30
  December 5, 8, 12, 15 matinee.

Guillaume Tourniaire in Melbourne
22 March to 12 April 2013
Fleet Steps, The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will take your breath away.
"The inaugural Opera on the Harbour was a triumph. Whether you're going for the spectacle or the music, whether you're an opera buff or a novice, you won't be disappointed." The Australian

In 2013, Carmen takes the stage; dangerous, sexy and incandescent in a thrilling new production by acclaimed director Gale Edwards.

Come early and soak up the atmosphere as the whole precinct is transformed into a Spanish fiesta, with tapas bars and restaurants offering a wide range of pre-performance drinking and dining options.


*Booking fees may apply

GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS from the Melba Ring
Image The Adelaide Ring production was a landmark event for opera in Australia, bringing together Elke Neidhardt's riveting direction, Michael Scott-Mitchell's breathtaking sets, the epic contribution of the Adelaide Symphony conducted by Asher Fish and a dazzling array of the finest Australian voices and international guest artists for a once in a lifetime festival event. One French critic said: "Worthy of the latest Bayreuth productions..." (France)

Honouring A Great Voice
Image The long awaited recordings of much loved soprano Nance Grant, released to critical acclaim.

Cherished as one of Australia's finest operatic artists this two CD set is the long overdue presentation of soprano Nance Grant.

Brisbane Portrayed In Poetry And Music
Image Poetry of remarkable humanity accompanied by musical performances of scintillating colour and nuance...

Smoke Encrypted Whispers is a sequence of twenty-three poems by the leading Australian indigenous poet Samuel Wagan Watson, pairing the Brisbane-born writer's texts with succinct musical commentaries-part reflection, part response-by twenty-three Brisbane composers.

What results is a performance by the musicians of Southern Cross Soloists interspersed with readings of the individual poems by the distinguished actor Ron Haddrick, given cohesion and coherence by the multiple interwoven threads of Watson's words.

New to the Melba Catalogue
Image The Romantic Clarinet-Music of Brahms and Schumann Performances by Paul Dean and Stephen Emmerson, two of Australia's most poetic instrumental soloists.

Image The Piano Music of George Frederick Boyle, played by Timothy Young.

Image From the House of Master Böhm-the harpsichord music of Georg Böhm played by John O'Donnell.

Australian music with 'Panache and Abandon' FROM BENAUD TRIO
Image Benaud Trio's debut recording of the of music by Australian composers is exciting the critics. With world premiere recordings of the works of Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Nicholas Buc the trio of Lachlan Bramble (violin), Ewen Bramble (cello) and Amir Farid (piano) show off their stellar artistry.

Memoir & Memories
Image Christopher Martin was known and loved by so many in the music world of Australia. In the months before he died last year, Mary Ryllis Clark recorded a number of conversations with him and has produced an entertaining and reflective memoir which we recommend as a delightful Christmas present.

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