Miriam Allan & Erin Helyard

Miriam Allan & Erin Helyard

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


‘Melody is the essence of music.’

Miriam Allan is one of the world’s leading sopranos. Her tonal beauty and breathtaking technique have been enjoyed across the world. Eminently suited to the chamber format, Miriam’s voice is light, clear and delivered with a groundswell of emotional depth.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2022 Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera Erin Helyard is acclaimed as an inspiring conductor and a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano. He is passionate about music of the past and the discourse between musicology and performance.

Their performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Performers series takes audiences from Haydn’s triumphs in London to Schubert’s crowning as the ‘Prince of Song’ in Vienna. Haydn, Mozart, Josepha Auernhammer, and Schubert were all weavers of song. For them, lyricism was the foundation of their art. Mozart once commented to a singer friend that ‘melody is the essence of music’ and nowhere is this more evident than in the lieder and piano works of Schubert, the songs of Haydn, and the keyboard works of Mozart and his talented protégé Josepha Auernhammer.

Join this virtuosic pair for an evening of enchanting melodies intuitively performed to sublime effect.

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Program Partner: The Langham Melbourne

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Miriam Allan soprano
Erin Helyard fortepiano


Franz Joseph Haydn
She never told her love, Hob.XXVIa:34
A Pastoral Song, Hob.XXVIa:27
O Tuneful Voice, Hob.XXVIa:42

Josepha von Auernhamme
6 Variations on ‘Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja’

Franz Joseph Haydn
The Wanderer, Hob.XXVIa:32
The Spirit’s Song, Hob.XXVIa:41
The Sailor’s Song, Hob.XXVIa:31

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Six variations on an original theme, K.547b

Franz Schubert
Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, D.774
Trauer der Liebe, D.465
Du bist die Ruh, D.776
Moments musicaux, D.780
Minneleid, D.429
Seligkeit, D.433
Ständchen, D.957 No.4


Miriam Allan
‘The vocal magic of the night … she took the audience’s breath away.’ Sydney Morning Herald

Erin Helyard
‘Erin Helyard was a delight.’ The Age


This production is part of the following series:

Great Performers 2022

Melbourne Recital Centre’s favourite program series, Great Performers, returns in 2022.

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.