Cancelled: Schumann and Viardot

The Parlour


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Schumann and Viardot on Tuesday 17 November has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

The Parlour champions the art song tradition, affording a unique glimpse into the people and events that influenced it.

The ensemble searches for the female narrative behind the successes of male artists, often disrupting accepted histories by doing so. Its thrilling recitals merge music and theatre, featuring dramatised vignettes as a backdrop to the music.

Clara Schumann and Pauline Viardot’s friendship began in their late teens and endured as they climbed to the heights of fame, married and became mothers. Today they are remembered primarily as the wives or lovers of famous men, but both were also respected and prolific composers in their time. The Parlour performs a selection of these composers’ beautiful and rarely heard songs and piano solos, highlighting the position of women in the musical arena of the 19th century.

Presented Melbourne Recital Centre & The Parlour


The Parlour
Karen Van Spall mezzo-soprano
Adam Miller baritone
Coady Green piano


Pauline Viardot
En Mer
Die Beschwörung
Marie et Julie
Seize ans

Clara Schumann
Liebst du um Schönheit from Lieder Op.12
3 Romances, Op.11
Ich stand im dunkel Traumen
Mein Stern
Liederkreis, Op.39