French Arias

French arias


Praised by The Australian for its “rare warmth and timbral richness,” Greta Bradman’s luminous soprano is the ideal vehicle for lush songs by Debussy.

It’s also the inspiration for new songs by Australia’s leading composer of music for voice, Calvin Bowman.

The second half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary flowering in French music. Composers including Chausson, Debussy and Fauré transported audiences to previously unimagined worlds of sound, mysterious in their beauty and subtle charm. For this concert, we bring to life exquisite new arrangements of this iconic music, including Debussy’s Clair de lune and Chausson’s Poème.

Presented by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra


Ernest Chausson

Claude Debussy
Clair de lune
Ariettes oubliées

Gabriel Fauré
Dolly Suite

Claude Debussy
La soirée dans Grenade
Children’s Corner (excerpts)

Calvin Bowman

*Première season. Commission supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation
Poème arranged Keith Crellin for violin and string orchestra
Other works arranged Nicholas Buc for string orchestra


Greta Bradman soprano
William Hennessy director
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra