Songs of the Night

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The night is full of light—the twinkle of a carpet of stars, shards of moonlight piercing the forest canopy, romance kindled by the embers of a fire—but outshining them all, a song from the heart.

Following on from her acclaimed MCO directing début in 2015 with The Gypsy Palace, Rebecca Chan returns with a sonorous and lush nocturnal vision, including Wagner’s passionate Prelude from Tristan und Isolde and Schoenberg’s twilit confession for strings, Verklärte Nacht.

Tenor Andrew Goodwin’s career has hit the stratosphere, singing major roles at opera houses across Europe to enormous acclaim. He sings haunting night-themed lieder reimagined in sumptuous new string orchestra arrangements, including Schoenberg’s Waldesnacht and Schubert’s Der Erlkönig.

‘One of those performances that lives in the memory for days.’ Sydney Morning Herald

Presented by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra


Richard Wagner arr Gürtler
Prelude from Tristan und Isolde (arr string orchestra)

Richard Strauss
Die Nacht*

Arnold Schoenberg
Verklärte Nacht*

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No 4: II Prestissimo

Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo*

New Work

Franz Schubert
Nacht und Träume D827*
Winterreise D911: Gute Nacht*
Nachtstück D672*
Der Erlkönig D328*
*arr string orchestra by Rebecca Chan

World première season. Commission Supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation


Andrew Goodwin tenor
Rebecca Chan director


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