Audiences from Vienna and Paris to New York and Glyndebourne have fallen in love with Brenda Rae, and now it’s Australia’s turn to see what all the excitement is about.
Highly sought after American soprano Brenda Rae sings suites and arias by Jean-Philippe Rameau – the greatest composer you’ve never heard of.
Audiences from Vienna and Paris to New York and Glyndebourne have fallen in love with Brenda Rae, and now it’s Melbourne’s turn to see what all the excitement is about. The stunning young American coloratura soprano has won accolades for her golden voice, and now, in association with Melbourne Festival, she joins the ANAM Orchestra for her exclusive Australian debut. The recital will be a vocal feast, offering some exquisite treasures from the master of the French Baroque, Jean-Phillipe Rameau.
Rameau’s fantastical imagination transformed the face of French opera. He was ahead of his time with his theories and works inspiring such succeeding operatic innovators as Gluck and Wagner and influencing musical thinkers over two centuries later. A profoundly gifted composer he created a series of bracing theatrical masterpieces full of dramatic tension. This Rameau program brings these treasures to light with Brenda Rae’s golden voice in the acoustic excellence of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
‘A constant source of vocal allure with the kind of dramatic instincts that turn a flashy cadenza into an intense character study.’ David Patrick Stearns, (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
‘Brenda Rae makes a sensational house debut in the title role, one of the most challenging in the repertoire.’ WhatsOnStage
Glories of the French Baroque
Friday 6 October, 7.30pm
A reserve $75 ($68 concession)
B reserve $65 ($58 concession)
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in association with Melbourne Festival
Brenda Rae soprano (U.S.A.)
Benjamin Bayl harpsichord/director
Arias and orchestral works including:
‘Tristes apprêts’ from Castor et Pollux, RCT 32
‘Formons les plus brillants concerts – Aux langueurs d’Apollon’ from Platée, RCT 53
‘Vaste empire des mers’ from Les Indes galantes, RCT 44
‘Un horizon serein’ from Les Boréades, RCT 31
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