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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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The Coronation of Poppea

Lyric Opera’s bold re-imagining of Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea - a bloodthirsty baroque drama in which love triumphs, but at what cost?

This dangerous and sexy production tells the tale of the beautiful Poppea as she convinces Emperor Nero to abandon his wife, destroy his friends and crown her Empress. This is opera up close and personal.
With a cast of singing actors led by Rebecca Rashleigh in the title role, Nick Jones as Emperor Nero and Caroline Vercoe as his scorned Empress Ottavia.
This full-length bloodthirsty drama will be directed by Tyran Parke, leading an exceptional Melbourne creative team including Rob Sowinski, Bryn Cullen and Dann Barber.  Music Direction is by Lyric's Artistic Director Pat Miller, leading an eclectic ensemble fused of period and modern instruments. 

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
Three hours, including one interval

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Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie

Australian conductor Simone Young AM will bring together Australia’s finest musicians from the international stage and Australia’s finest pre-professional musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for one spectacular performance of Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie. Featuring soloists Timothy Young, piano and Jacob Abela, ondes Martenot

Messiaen’s Turangalîla is both a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, an epic symphonic 'love song' demanding the full commitment of over one hundred orchestral musicians. Turangalîla is considered one of the most important pieces of the 20th century and is scored for a huge orchestra, with multiple percussionists, brass, winds and a virtuosic piano solo which will be performed by Timothy Young and featuring Jacob Abela on the electronic ondes Martenot.

The performance will be the culmination of a unique artistic collaboration between the Australian World Orchestra and ANAM where Australia’s next generation of musical talent are mentored by Australia’s finest musicians from both home and abroad.

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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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