Australian Chamber Orchestra – Mahler's Song of the Earth

Mahler's Song of the Earth

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Stuart Skelton and Catherine Carby star in this extraordinary encounter with Mahler’s monumental song cycle.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is one of the most acclaimed chamber orchestras in the world and is renowned for their inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Under the direction of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, they take audiences on the adventure to create truly transformative experiences.

Richard Tognetti directs this unusually intimate encounter with Mahler.

Joining Richard and the ACO is Stuart Skelton, one of the great tenors of our time. Commanding a voice of incredible power and passion, he sings the most demanding music ever written for the human voice. This is a rare chance to hear him on his home stage, alongside celebrated Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby.

The ACO will be joined on stage by guest artists on percussion, mandolin, harmonium and an array of wind and brass instruments for a thrilling spectacle. When this program debuted at the Edinburgh Festival it received rave reviews and audiences were in raptures.

‘It was phenomenal… incredibly stimulating.’ – Herald Scotland

Give yourself over to this extraordinary music, as Mahler captures the very human struggle that unites us and, ultimately, the quiet ecstasy of acceptance that brings us inner peace.

Australian Chamber Orchestra is a Key Presenting Partner at Melbourne Recital Centre. For more information on the Centre’s Key Presenting Partners see here.

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Richard Tognetti Director, violin
Catherine Carby mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton tenor
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll

Alma Mahler-Werfel arr. David Matthews
Laue Sommernacht; Die stille Stadt; Bei dir ist es traut (World premiere of new arrangements)

Gustav Mahler arr. Arnold Schoenberg & Rainer Riehn
Das Lied von der Erde (Arrangements commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra)


This production is part of the following series: