Resonant Bodies



‘In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving, the program […] illuminated the shape-shifting power of the human voice.’ The New York Times

The Resonant Bodies Festival was first held in 2013 in New York City, bringing together 9 adventurous vocal artists, giving each one free reign to challenge and transform the role of the vocal recitalist.

In the past four years Resonant Bodies has grown at a rapid pace with the 2015 program featuring three of America’s leading interpreters of contemporary vocal music: four-time Grammy award winner Dawn Upshaw, two-time Walter W. Naumburg Award winner Lucy Shelton, and Gaudeamus International Prize winner Tony Arnold.

In 2017, the Resonant Bodies Festival comes to the Melbourne Recital Centre. For one night only, US-based Australian sopranos Jessica Aszodi and Jane Sheldon, known for their own adventurous vocalising, will invite some of their favourite local and international vocal artists to let loose in the Salon.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


This production is part of the following series:

Metropolis New Music Festival 2017

In 2017, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites some of the world’s biggest names and rising stars of contemporary music to rethink the ways in which ancient instruments can be used in creating innovative and intoxicating music for our time.