November – Rachmaninov

Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 7pm
Sunday 23rd November 2014 at 2.30pm

Season 4 – Poster

Written in the early years of the twentieth century, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 is filled with emotion and brimming with gorgeous melodies. A hauntingly beautiful, unashamedly romantic work composed in a time of revolution and change.

The Adagio is a perfect blend of passion and serenity; it takes divine beauty to its upper limits. Sit back, close your eyes, and let its heavenly caress wash over you, melody after melody, in a dream that does not seem to ever end.

Musical Director         Sadaharu Muramatsu

Strathfield Town Hall

Tickets: Adult $30, $20 concessions, $80 Family

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September Concert – Midsummer Nights Dream

Saturday 6th September 7pm
Sunday 7th September 2.30pm – Sold out!

2014-03 Poster Will Bottom make an ass of himself?

Find out when Strathfield Symphony Orchestra presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn | Shakespeare with full orchestra, soloists, choir, and excerpts from Shakespeare’s much loved comedy.

Following the acclaim for our Romeo and Juliet – Prokofiev | Shakespeare in 2012 we bring you a brand new production of more of Shakespeare’s best, with the magic of some of Mendelssohn’s greatest music.

Featuring stunning young sopranos Sylvie Humphries and Bridget Patterson with the Wesley Institute Choir, this is family fun not to be missed.

Bring the kids, rugs and cushions for a front row spot. A performance for kids of all ages.

Prizes for the best dressed Fairy King and Fairy Queen, and a raffle for Father’s Day on Sunday – all fathers get a ticket!

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Bridget Patterson – Soprano

Bridget PattersonSoprano Bridget Patterson is a full time student at the Sydney Conservatorium in the Advanced Diploma of Opera. Prior to commencing this degree she graduated from the Bachelor of Music (Performance) with a High distinction.

Since 2008, Bridget has been the recipient of the prestigious Helen Myers vocal scholarship for vocal excellence as well as a significant scholarship  from the Paton fund for 5 successive years. In 2013 Bridget was a finalist in the  Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards and won the People’s Choice award in The World Competition.

Bridget has performed as a soloist  in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major Opus 86, Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor, Bach’s Magnificat in D, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa  in Tempore belli  and as a chorister in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles des Tiresias, Otto Nicolai’s The merry wives of Windsor and Purcell’s King Arthur. Bridget’s most recent operatic roles include “Cherubino” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and “Miss Pinkerton” in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old maid and the thief

Future roles include ”Amy” in the Sydney Conservatorium Opera school’s  Little Women by Mark Adamo in October 2014.

Sylvie Humphries – Soprano

Sylvie HumphriesFrench-Australian soprano, Sylvie Humphries, has a Bachelor of Music Performance (2007-2010) and an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011-2013).

She has performed many roles, including Cupidon (Orphée aux enfers), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), and Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto).

Sylvie also has a blossoming recital career, having appeared as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performed Frasquita from Carmen with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and presented a recital with John Martin for Artsong NSW.

In 2014, Sylvie was a finalist in the Noosa Federation of the Art’s Dame Joan Sutherland competition where she received the Encouragement Award and she is also a finalist for both the Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship and the McDonald’s Operatic Aria at Sydney Eisteddfod. In addition, she is touring with Harbour City Opera and performing Hanna in Lehár’s The Merry Widow with Rockdale Opera.

June Concert – Song of the Earth – Gustav Mahler

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Photo credits Luke Potter Photography

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.

Read the program online (1.2Mb PDF)

Nicole Youl – Mezzo Soprano

Nicole Youl ColourAfter a stellar career as a soprano, Nicole Youl is now embarking on the next exciting installment of her performing life…. becoming a Mezzo Soprano.

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.