Category Archives: performance

Voyage to the Moon – Performance and Masterclass

Voyage to the Moon
Melbourne Recital Centre
15,16,18,19 February, 2016

Presented in partnership with Musica Viva, Victorian Opera and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

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A 16th century knight Astolfo travels to the heavens, his destination, the Moon. His quest, to find a cure for his friend, the great warrior Orlando who has fallen into a deep madness. The moon is, as Astolfo discovers, home to many lost things including Orlando’s sanity. But before he can save his friend, he must first convince the all-powerful Selena, Guardian of the Moon, that Orlando is indeed worth saving.

Legendary Australian playwright and director Michael Gow together with renowned musicologist and conductor, the late Alan Curtis reimagine the epic 16th century poem Orlando Furioso. Part new work, part baroque pastiche, Voyage to the Moon will feature old and new text with existing 18th century music performed by a period ensemble.

One of the greatest Australian sopranos, Emma Matthews assumes dual roles as both the all-powerful Selena, Guardian of the Moon, and the mad Orlando while leading Australian mezzo Sally-Anne Russell is the loyal knight Astolfo. Former Victorian Opera emerging artist Jeremy Kleeman sings the role of Magus, with Victorian Opera’s own Head of Music Phoebe Briggs conducting from the harpsichord.

A Free Baroque Music Masterclass is associated with this event – details here:

Perth International Arts Festival – Two Performances of Interest

Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610

Exceptional Baroque ensemble performs Monteverdi’s masterpiece.

The musicians and choir of Concerto Italiano are one of the world’s most celebrated early music ensembles. Performing on 17th-century instruments, they vividly recreate the brilliant colours of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin), a masterpiece of voices and instruments.

Sung in Latin

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The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet

An anarchic take on Shakespeare’s classic.

Shakespeare’s most revered tragedy is plunged into a world of Weimar cabaret as celebrated cult band The Tiger Lillies present their ‘opera grotesque’ version of Hamlet.

A suite of new songs and a cast of actors, circus acts and giant puppets transform this iconic tragedy into a display of musical and visual fireworks.

Globe to Globe Hamlet 2015 – Australia and NZ Dates

Australia and NZ – Globe to Globe Hamlet

The Hamlet Globe to Globe tour opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on earth over 2 years. Sixteen extraordinary men and women are currently travelling across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues.



May 28-29

In Australia, Hamlet will be performed at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) in Geelong, Victoria.


New Zealand


June 1-2

Hamlet will play at The Opera House in Wellington, in association with the NZ Arts Festival.


June 3

Auckland is the second of two cities Hamlet will visit in NZ, where the company will perform at SKYCITY Theatre, in association with Auckland Theatre Company.

Othello: The Remix

From February 18 – 22, the Arts Centre Melbourne presents a season of Othello: The Remix, a fresh take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, lyrically rewritten over original hip-hop beats by Chicago Theatre Company’s The Q Brothers.

Originally commissioned for Shakespeare’s Globe London, this story of MC Othello getting out of the ghetto and rising straight to the top won the world over during the international tour that followed. You can watch the trailer here.

Now on sale – get your tickets here.

From Mourning to Joy – Performance by e21

From Mourning to Joy – Exclusion and Redemption: Music by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, Josquin des Pres and others
Performance by e21

e21 – Vivien Hamilton, Erika Tandiono, Rebecca Bywater, Anna Plotka, Michael Edwards, Jacob Lawrence, Steven Hodgson, John Weretka, Stephen Grant (director)

Date: 30 May
Time: 6.15pm
Venue: Trinity Chapel, Trinity College, Royal Pde, Parkville, Melbourne
Ph: +61 3 8344 5152
Register: With conference, or tickets at door, $15 conc / $20 full

Featured in many of e21’s concerts are programs which forge links between diverse musical works and the poetic ideas or emotional currents common to them, often working in partnership with artists from other disciplines. e21 has featured prominently in festivals around Victoria, including the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, the Melbourne Early Music Festival and the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival.

The ensemble has been recorded many times by ABC Classic FM, ABC Sunday Live and a joint project between the ABC and the National Library of Australia on the vocal works of Percy Grainger. Programs have included those for the State Library of Victoria’s Medieval Imagination exhibit and an appearance at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Music Series.

e21 has collaborated with a number of Australian and international artists, including recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, actor Helen Morse, director John Bolton, poet Alan Loney and Ludovico’s Band. The ensemble currently runs an on-going series of concerts of medieval music at St Mary’s Star of the Sea church in West Melbourne.

50th Anniversary of the New Fortune Theatre, University of Western Australia

50th Anniversary of the New Fortune Theatre, University of Western Australia

Date: Wednesday 29 January 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: The New Fortune Theatre in the Arts Building at the University of Western Australia

Many hundreds of students, academics and lovers of theatre have fond memories of either performing or watching a variety of plays and events in the New Fortune Theatre over the past 50 years. Come along and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the only replica Elizabethan theatre in the southern hemisphere, hear about the construction and opening night and enjoy performances by the Graduate Dramatic Society including a scene from the first performed play on the stage, Shakespeare’s Hamlet (on opening night in 1964 messages were received from Sir John Gielgud, Sir Lawrence Olivier and many esteemed actors.)

This is a free event but because of limited seating, please RSVP to Jenny Pynes by Wednesday 22 January. Tickets will be allocated by first responses until run out!

Shakespeare on the River Festival

Shakespeare on the River Festival
Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Sunday 21st April – Sunday 5th May, 2013

The “Shakespeare on the River” Festival is a diverse community celebration of  theatre, music, visual arts and folkloric skills presented by the Stratford on Avon Shakespeare Association.

For full details of all events please visit the Festival website:

Josie and the Emeralds – “Travelling to the Question” Concert

Josie and the Emeralds are a Sydney based group who performs rarely heard works from the Renaissance along with the occasional foray into contemporary music including arrangements and compositions by their director, Brooke Green. Josie and The Emeralds will be performing with the renowned US viola gamba player, Mary Springfels on her brief visit to Australia. They also warmly welcome guest soprano Belinda Montgomery, who will also perform with them in this tantalisingly rare and beautiful concert of Renaissance and contemporary music for two sopranos and five viols.

Josie and the Emeralds will perform Renaissance gems by Weelkes, Jenkins, Tye, Parsons, and Byrd, as well as new music by Brooke Green including the première of Travelling to the Question inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, Nick Cave and Martin Heidegger.

Saturday March 23, 4:00pm
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe

Limited seating, bookings advisable
$30 (full price), $25 (students and pensioners)