Cancelled: The diary of one who disappeared



Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise The diary of one who disappeared on Wednesday 12 August has been cancelled.

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Event details

Unique in the musical landscape of Australia, Songmakers Australia presents a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of vocal chamber music.

Under the artistic patronage of Graham Johnson, pianist Andrea Katz teams with soprano Merlyn Quaife, mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson, tenor Brenton Spiteri and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos in inspired programs featuring a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.

Unrequited love, anonymous poetry and a composer’s obsession are some of the elements that make Janácek’s masterpiece The Diary of One Who Disappeared so fascinating. Almost 100 years after its first ‘house’ performance, Songmakers Australia recreates it in the intimate and warm settings of Primrose Potter Salon. Inspired by Janácek’s relentless love for Kamila Stösslová, his muse and model for most of his operatic characters, it immortalises her spirit and even her speech patterns. Completing this whirlwind tour of Eastern-European music are some spirited Bartók folksongs and Dvorák’s glorious Moravian Duets.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Songmakers Australia


Songmakers Australia
Christina Wilson mezzo-soprano
Brenton Spiteri tenor
Andrea Katz piano


Leoš Janáček
The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Béla Bartók
Eight Hungarian Folk Songs, BB47

Antonín Dvořák
Four Duets Op.20


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.