Take a musical journey through the life of Richard Wagner.
This fascinating story is brought to life as an encounter between Richard Wagner’s aspiring biographer, Mrs. Burrell, and his wife’s illegitimate daughter.
Interwoven with his early vocal compositions and rarely heard French Art Songs, it chronicles his few triumphs and many failures as he attempted to charm Parisian society with his music and powerful personality in the early 1840s.
Ultimately shunned and even imprisoned, Wagner started his meteoric rise to fame and success from these humble and forgotten beginnings.
Date: Thursday 3 November 2016 | 6pm
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre | Salon
Adam Miller graduated with Distinction and a Dip RAM from the Opera Programme at London's Royal Academy of Music. He was a finalist in the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship 2003 and 2004. He has been..
Karen Van Spall graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts/ University of Melbourne. Roles for Opera Australia/Oz Opera include Suzuki, Kate Pinkerton, Mercedes and Carmen (understudy)...
Wendy Grose is an actor and musician. Wendy’s numerous credits in theatre and opera include performances with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Opera de Lyon, Chamber Made Opera, Back to Back Theatre, The Production Company and the Queensland Theatre Company. She has appeared as a featured recitalist in Britain, Italy, France and Australia, as soloist with orchestras internationally and in broadcasts for the BBC and ABC.
Eidit Golder is a highly respected solo pianist and chamber musician. She received her musical education at the exclusive Talma Yalin School For The Performing Arts in Israel and the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1999, Eidit received first place at the Australian National Piano Award. She has made a number of professional broadcasts and recordings for the ABC, and has played at the Melbourne International, Port Fairy, Woodend and Castlemaine Festivals. Eidit completed her Masters at Melbourne University under Professor Stephen McIntyre, and is a laureate of the Advanced Performance Program, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). ...
Julie Houghton trained as an actor on a scholarship at St Martin’s Theatre School, before gaining an arts degree and becoming a cadet journalist and then an ABC radio producer and announcer. Julie is a freelance arts journalist, MC, professional narrator at Vision Australia, and hosts the Music In Melbourne program every fortnight on 3MBS, where she also records arts interviews for a range of programs. She was an arts columnist for several years with Melbourne Observer., and is the music theatre reviewer for classicmelbourne.com.au. She hosted and performed in the Arden Crescent Concert Series for several years and compered Opera In the Park for the City of Stonnington. Julie has performed two successful short cabaret shows and is a professional reader in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Carols In the Cathedral Concerts each year. Julie co-compered the last three 3MBS music marathons, and is very proud of having sung duets in concert with Greta Bradman, Roxane Hislop and Sally-Anne Russell in the Arden Crescent concert series, in what she calls a pro-am performance alongside these stars! When she is not chasing the limelight, Julie is a senior journalist on the Salvation Army magazine, The War Cry. In August Julie will be the spoken voice of Dame Nellie Melba in the ‘Melodies and Memories’ in the Arden Crescent Concert series, alongside her dear friend and colleague Karen Van Spall.
Eva Justine Torkkola is currently touring full time as an actor performing a series of comedic and inspiring shows across Australia for The Commonwealth Bank, as well as working casually as an actor and puppeteer for Camp Quality and Trash Puppets. Graduating from The University of Ballarat (BA Acting) in 2009, Eva has since performed in a number of theatre shows – last year alone working on 12 different productions. Notable works include 'Receivers' and 'The Piano Thief' (Feat in Space), 'The Goblin Tree' (Panopticon Collective) and 'King in Exile' (NICE Productions). She will be seen later this year on stage in 'Midsummer' (BackYardTheatreEnsemble) and 'Subletting in Northcote' (Strumpet Productions) and also on screen in the upcoming feature film 'Family Secrets' directed by Eve Ash.
Alice Tovey is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter, comedian, actress, writer and egomaniac. Her first solo show, Malice (written and performed with her co-writter, Ned Dixon) was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Original Songs and won an Adelaide Fringe Festival Weekly Award for Best Emerging Arist. Alice is a collaborator and director at Seemingly Evil Productions, a comedy collective formed from the cast of the 2013 Melbourne University Law Revue. With her fellow cast members. Alice has written and performed with Seemingly Evil in Tres Miserables, Office Party, Mix Tape and Willy Wanka.
Alice will be premiering her new show Personal Messiah at the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.