It is many years since we last presented a fully theatrical musical performance, and the perfect combination of factors has finally arisen with a sensational new co-production with Victorian Opera. Voyage to the Moon is a brand new chamber opera, written and directed by theatrical luminary Michael Gow, starring Emma Matthews, Sally-Anne Russell and Jeremy Kleeman. It is a pasticcio work using music from a wide range of Baroque operas to support a new libretto based loosely on the Renaissance epic poem, Orlando furioso. Expect some amazing juxtapositions, masterful singing and luminous music.
As always we have an impressive swag of artists making return visits to our island, starting with the virtuoso pianist Stephen Hough, and the stunning Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. The Jerusalem Quartet has been one of our most popular groups this century, making a welcome return after seven years’ absence. Trio Dali also returns in 2016 to replicate the massive impact they made on their first concert tour in 2012.
The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet from New York makes its first appearance on a Musica Viva tour, having been a great hit at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in 2012.
The final concert debut for 2016 is a pair of brilliant young American virtuosi, each winners of countless awards and honours: violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson.
Musica Viva, through all of its increasingly diverse and innovative programs, exists for the single purpose of making Australia a more musical country. The International Concert Season is where we celebrate the finest musicians in the world, including those who live here, and make them available to as many audiences as we can across the nation. Music is a crucial component of every thriving culture. Living music is its truest manifestation.
Carl Vine AO