One of the world's best-loved sopranos

Inessa Galante in recital

in her only Melbourne performance

Inesa Galante


The legendary Latvian soprano

Inese, Inessa or Inesa – no matter how you refer to Ms Galante, the sound that departs her mouth is truly exquisite.

Inessa Galante is one of the world’s best loved sopranos. Long established as prima donna assoluta of Latvian opera, her international career only became possible when the iron curtain fell, leading to engagements by other major opera houses in Europe and the USA.

She shot to international fame in 1995 with her recording of Ave Maria attributed to 16th century composer Giulio Caccini, which featured on her best-selling “Debut” album. This was the first time the haunting version of Ave Maria had been heard by modern day audiences and, it became a worldwide hit. Since then her extraordinary beauty of tone and captivating stage presence have made her one of the most sought after sopranos of her generation.

Presented by Andrew McKinnon



Please note Inessa Galante has updated the details of her repertoire for this concert as of Monday 20 October. This concert is scheduled to run for 2 hours including interval (but excluding any encores). Below is the most up-to-date program:

George Frideric Handel
Armida’s aria Furie terribili

Armida’s aria ‘Dunque i lacci’ from Rinaldo

Tomaso Albinoni
Adagio in g moll

George Frideric Handel
Almirena’s aria ‘Lascia ch`io pianga’ from Rinaldo

Almirena’s aria ‘Che bel piacere’ from Rinaldo

Tommaso Giordani
Aria Caro mio ben

Enrico Toselli
Serenade sentimentale

Giacomo Puccini
Cio Cio San’s aria ‘Un bel di vedremo’ from Madama Butterfly

‘Mi chiamano Mimi’ from La Boheme

Giulio Caccini
Ave Maria


Mikhail Glinka
The Lark

Alla cetra

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Oh, never sing to me again

Spring Waters

Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky
Cradle Song

Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas brasileiras

Francesco Cilea
Io son l’umille ancella

Giacomo Puccini
Vissi d’arte

O Mio Babbino Caro