Saturday 6th September 7pm
Sunday 7th September 2.30pm
Saturday 21st June at 7pm
Sunday 22nd June at 2.30pm
“Dark is life; dark is death”
From the opening cackles and guffaws of its first drinking song to its final merging of the soul with the infinite universe, Mahler’s Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde) contains some of his greatest music and is often considered his greatest work. Using Chinese poems and Chinese musical elements, this symphonic cycle of six songs is unlike any other work in Western music.
Two singers carry this magnificent work. We were joined by Nicole Youl (mezzo soprano) and Martin Buckingham (tenor). One of Australia’s greatest operatic and concert sopranos, Nicole Youl is embarking on her next venture – becoming a mezzo soprano – and we are privileged to join her in that journey.Martin Buckingham is a Principal Artist with Opera Australia and a rising star.
Maestro Sadaharu Muramatsu and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra explored this rarely heard masterpiece with these fine artists. Sibelius’ early Karelia Suite rounds out this thrilling program.
As one of Australia’s leading sopranos her roles have included the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Suor Angelica, Mimi in La Boheme, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Elsa in Lohengrin, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Micaela in Carmen, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Liu in Turandot, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and in Elektra, Die Vertraute, and Vierte Mägd.
On the concert platform she has performed as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.2, and No.8, Verdi’s Requiem, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Tove in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and Ortlinde in Die Walküre. 2014 has seen her start her concert platform performances as a Mezzo Soprano with Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Erste Mägd in Elektra.
Nicole has worked with many of Australia’s leading arts companies such as Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Victoria State Opera, West Australian Opera, State Opera of South Australia and the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, South Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Nicole has also sung in Rome, China and Guatemala.
Nicole was the recipient of many prestigious awards and competition prizes including the 1991 Herald Sun Aria, 1995 Metropolitan Opera Award, 1996 Rome Opera Award and 2002 Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Award. In 1996 she had the great honour of representing Australia in the Placido Domingo World Operalia Competition in Mexico City.
View Nicole’s online profile.
One of Australia’s rising vocal talents, Martin Buckingham has appeared with Opera Australia as a principal artist, playing Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata in 2013, and in Madama Butterfly and again in La Boheme in 2014. In 2012, Martin appeared in Opera Australia’s inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
On the concert platform, Martin has performed in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvořák’s The Spectre’s Bride and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
Martin has appeared in the Edinburgh and Sydney Festivals and performed as soloist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Australian Opera-Ballet Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, Oz Opera, Pacific Opera, Newcastle Festival Opera, Australian Youth Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and The Australian Tenors.
Martin began his studies as an actor and on the Music Theatre stage, with degrees from the Australian Institute of Music and Charles Sturt University. During more than 4 years with the chorus of Opera Australia, Martin appeared in over 40 productions, covering and performing some 13 assorted solo roles.
His awards include the City of Sydney Eisteddfod Award for Operatic Tenor Voice and a Helpmann Scholarship from the Sydney Opera Studio in both 2006 & 2007. He was sponsored by Pacific Opera in 2006.
View Martin’s online profile.
Saturday 22nd March at 7pm
Sunday 23rd March at 2.30pm (bookings essential for the Sunday concert).
Strathfield Symphony goes to the movies. Tears, drama, high kicks and the symphony of the dance.
From The Force of Destiny to The Ride of the Valkyries and Can Can, the first half will be a feast of fun. The second half features one of the most popular of Beethoven’s symphonies, the Seventh, a little more on the serious side.
Tears at the beginning? The tragedy of Jean de Florette and Manon des sources is inextricably linked with the haunting melody of Verdi’s The Force of Destiny. Thwarted love conquers all.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”.
The roar of helicopters mixed with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries creates the unforgettable and truly apocalyptic image of Apocalypse Now.
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld is a romp in the best French tradition. The Overture is full of memorable tunes and finishes with the once scandalous Can Can.
The second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony has been used in countless films, the most recent being The King’s Speech. It is extraordinarily beautiful and moving.
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