Songs and arias by Schubert, Mozart, Thomas, Donizetti, Bernstein, Lehar, Herbert and others.
‘Matthews sang with superbly languorous bel canto colour and shape.’ Sydney Morning Herald
Emma Matthews is one of Australia’s most beloved performers, a star of the operatic stage and the concert hall. Her versatility, charisma and exquisite coloratura soprano voice have made her not only an ideal Mozart heroine or Handel queen but also the perfect vamp in Berg’s gritty Lulu.
Matthews has created roles in major new Australian operas and has explored fascinating repertoire old and new, but it is perhaps as an exponent of the art of bel canto that she is most renowned. It’s no surprise that she’s often compared to Joan Sutherland. This demanding vocal style exults in the agility and beauty of the voice to thrilling dramatic effect, as Matthews will demonstrate when she performs arias by Bellini, Donizetti and Thomas in a rare solo recital with one of the UK’s most accomplished repetiteurs, Richard Hetherington.
Schubert and Mozart were also devotees of the voice, gifting sopranos with some of the purest examples of melody at its purest. Schubert’s lieder combine story and song – think of Gretchen musing at her spinning wheel – while Mozart’s arias are musical expressions of character par excellence. Finally, Matthews celebrates the pleasures of operetta and popular song by Lehar, Bernstein, Victor Herbert and Flanders and Swann – a glittering, gay end to an evening with one of opera’s brightest stars.
Marshall McGuire, Director of Artistic Planning on Emma Matthews:
Emma Matthews is one of Australia’s true stars of opera, yet we rarely get a chance to hear her up-close-and-personal. Spend an evening with this charming, vivacious and virtuosic star.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Du Bist dei Ruh
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118
An die Musik, D.547
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ah non credea … Ah non Giunge, La Sonnambula
‘Mad Scene’ from Hamlet
O luce di quest’ anima
Glitter and be Gay
Meine Lippen sie kussen, so heiss
A Word on My Ear
Art is calling for me
If I were on the stage
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Matthews’ assured and arresting agility, virtuosic brilliance and musical maturity was a rare treat.
This production is part of the following series:
Melbourne Recital Centre’s flagship international recital series, showcasing the truly greatest solo performers from across the globe.
Wednesday 12 April 2016 7.30pm
Duration: 1 hour 50 min (incl. interval)
A reserve $100 ($50 Concession)
B reserve $85 ($50 Concession)
C reserve $60 ($50 Concession)
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