Gods and Legends



Unique in the musical landscape of Australia, Songmakers Australia brings together some of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of chamber music.

Under the artistic patronage of Graham Johnson, founding director of the acclaimed London-based Songmakers Almanac, pianist Andrea Katz teams with soprano Merlyn Quaife, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Andrew Goodwin and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos in inspired programs that feature a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.

The characters, stories and lessons of Greek mythology have shaped art and literature for thousands of years. They speak of timeless elements inherent to human nature: love, death, deception, fear of the unknown. Hear the call of the sirens in a new song cycle by Roger Heagney and let the fascinating world of legends unfold its magic for you through songs by Schubert, Wolf and Brahms

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Songmakers Australia


Franz Schubert
Gott im Ungewitter
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus
Mignon und der Harfner

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Hugo Wolf
Anakreons Grab

Franz Schubert

Johannes Brahms
Sapphische Ode

Franz Schubert
Antigone und Oedip

Roger Heagney
The Sirens (World Premiere)


Merlyn Quaife soprano
Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Nicholas Dinopoulos bass-baritone
Andrea Katz piano