Siobhan Stagg & Timothy Young – International Classics 2023

Siobhán Stagg

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


One of Australia’s most sought after sopranos returns.

Celebrated universally for her luminous tone and trailblazing vocal agility, Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg’s prowess and presence invigorates audiences and critics alike, who marvel at her ‘remarkable purity of tone’ (The Australian) and ‘ability to sing with both thrilling frisson and total tranquility’ (Sydney Morning Herald).

Stagg’s career ascension over the last decade has been nothing short of impressive. Since completing her formal studies in 2013, she joined the historically resonant Deutsche Oper Berlin until 2019 where her roles included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Tytania in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Gilda in Rigoletto, Micaëla in Carmen, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Musetta in La Bohème and Waldvogel and Woglinde in The Ring Cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. From the opera house to the concert circuit and beyond, Stagg’s recent concert season highlights include performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young.

About the concert

In this recital Siobhan Stagg partners with long-time collaborator and acclaimed Australian pianist Timothy Young to traverse the beautiful terrain of French art song – a must-experience opportunity to hear Siobhan’s crystalline interpretations of works by Duparc and Messiaen, coupled with the Australian premiere of Kathleen Tagg’s compelling new work This Be Her Verse in the acoustic intimacy of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Praise for Siobhan Stagg

‘It’s not often a soprano comes along with the ability to sing with both thrilling frisson and total tranquility… voice is one of real beauty, completely even from top to bottom… We can only hope it’s not too long before she returns home to perform again.’ The Age / Sydney Morning Herald

‘Stagg, in particular, is an ascendant star, possessed of remarkable purity of tone, easy legato and a natural lyricism… a triumph.’ The Australian

Thanks to our partner

Program Partner: The Langham Melbourne

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About International Classics

In 2023, Melbourne Recital Centre’s flagship recital series Great Performers becomes International Classics.

As the Centre evolves, so too do our programs and offerings. While the acclaimed series may now be known by a new name, International Classics continues to showcase Australian and international artists of the highest calibre performing the greatest classical repertoire on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage.

Intimate, moving and awe-inspiring, the International Classics concert experience offers audiences the opportunity to witness the compelling virtuosity of artists from across the globe as they perform a curated program of music in an award-winning venue specially designed for classical music to soar.

Whether you’re a seasoned concertgoer, or seeking your first classical concert experience, International Classics is your must-have ticket to experience classical music excellence.

‘In this series we showcase an outstanding lineup of musicians from around the world, who make the most intimate recital into epic memories. These are artists at the top of their game, delighting and inspiring audiences in great venues of the world. There’s no magic at work here – it’s simply incredible artists having a conversation with an audience, in Australia’s best recital venue.’ Marshall McGuire, Director of Programming

Artists & Program


Siobhan Stagg soprano
Timothy Young piano


Henri Duparc
Romance de Mignon
Le manoir de Rosamunde
Au pays où se fait la guerre
Chanson Triste
La vie antérieure

Kathleen Tagg
This Be Her Verse

Olivier Messiaen
Poèmes pour Mi