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Classical Music in Melbourne

Free Organ Recital
Get away from the city bustle and enjoy a free organ recital in historic St Michael's Church.


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Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.


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Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition - round 1 - string quartets

This concert is part of round 1 of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Aris QuartetAris Quartet perform

  • Haydn String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2
  • Menfdelssohn String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44 No. 2

Verona QuartetVerona Quartet perform

  • Haydn String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74 No. 1
  • WEBERN Langsamer Satz
  • Ligeti String Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses Nocturnes”



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Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition - round 1 - piano trios

This concert is part of round 1 of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Trio BonnensisTrio Bonnensis perform

  • Haydn Piano Trio No. 43 in C major, Hob XV:27
  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Linos Piano TrioLinos Piano Trio perform

  • Haydn Piano Trio No. 44 in E major, Hob XV:28
  • Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op.110



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Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition - round 1 - string quartets

This concert is part of round 1 of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Noga QuartetNoga Quartet perform

  • Mozart String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K.465 “Dissonance”
  • Ligeti String Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses Nocturnes”

Argus QuartetArgus Quartet perform

  • Haydn String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74 No. 1
  • Britten String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op.25

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Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria




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The Rabbits - World Premiere

John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress — a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope taking root. It's a story for young people, it's a story for old people, it's a story for all of us.

Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families. Gabriela Tylesova's kooky sets and costumes realise Tan's pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller Heidke: the butterfly-voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.

Running time: approximately 60 minutes, without interval.




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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Australia's production of Mozart' s opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble writing, it's not hard to understand why. David McVicar won acclaim for his Covent Garden production of The Marriage of Figaro, so we look forward to his new production for Australia.

Count Almaviva - Shane Lowrencev, Countess - Jane Ede (until 19 Nov) & Nicole Car, Susanna - Taryn Fiebig, Figaro -  Andrew Jones, Cherubino - Sian Pendry, Marcellina - Dominica Matthews, Bartolo - Richard Anderson, Don Basilio - Benjamin Rasheed, Don Curzio - Graeme Macfarlane, Barbarina - Eva Kong, Antonio - Adrian Tamburini, Bridesmaids - Annabelle Chaffey & Anna Yun and Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Anthony Legge. Directed by David McVicar.

Running time: approximately 3 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20 minute interval Performed in Italian with English surtitles.




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The Elixir of Love

Opera Australia's production of Donizetti's opera The Elixir of Love.

Simon Phillip's much-loved production of The Elixir of Love is set in an Australian country town circa 1915.

"If you're doing a comic opera it's useful to get it as close to a contemporary world as you legitimately can," he says, "because that affords you the possibility of laughs of recognition as well as situation."

So how does the story of Elixir pan out down under? There's Adina, the squatter's daughter who wants to play the field before settling down. There's Nemorino, the lovestruck labourer who loves reading romantic poetry in his spare time. There's Belcore, the English officer who fancies having a fine young lady on his arm. Then there's the travelling larrikin, Dulcamara, who offers to solve everyone's problems with a drop of the good stuff.

As Phillips points out, the regiment of soldiers and all the talk of conscription mean that a modern adaptation would have jarred, but setting the story in Australia in 1915 provides a rich vein of comic material to add to the mix. It also inspired set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume designer Gabriela Tylesova to come up with one of Opera Australia's favourite entrances when our heroine, Adina, rides into town on a corrugated iron horse.

Best of all, a knockout cast — Rachelle Durkin, Aldo Di Toro, Andrew Jones and Conal Coad — means that Donizetti's music shines as brightly as ever under the Antipodean skies.

Cast: Adina - Rachelle Durkin, Nemorino - Aldo Di Toro, Belcore - Andrew Jones (until 26 Nov) & Christopher Hillier, Dulcamara -Conal Coad, Giannetta - Eva Kong and Orchestra Victoria with Opera Australia Chorus conducted by Benjamin Northey.

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20-minute interval. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.




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