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Celebrating Brett Dean

Australian works conducted and composed by the national treasure

When it premiered at Glyndebourne Opera in 2017, Australian conductor/composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet took the musical world by storm. Rave reviews and prestigious accoldaes followed, including Best World Premiere at the 2018 Opera Awards. Limelight magazine, which named Dean their Australian Artist of the Year in 2017, described the performance as ‘a rare thing, an authentic musical interpretation of a play that both enhances Shakespeare and is very much its own master.’

Earlier this year, Hamlet had its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival, winning four Helpmann Awards including Best Opera, and further establishing Dean’s reputation as one of the world’s most revered composers. In November, Brett returns home to ANAM (where he was Artistic Director from 2006 to 2010) to direct the ANAM Orchestra. The thoughtfully curated program of Australian orchestral music also includes the Australian premiere of Dean’s new song cycle From Melodious Lay.

Drawn from Hamlet, From Melodious Lay will also be performed by Helpmann Award-winning soprano Lorina Gore (who played Ophelia in the Adelaide Festival’s season of Hamlet), and Australian born and internationally renowned Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu. Gore has performed numerous roles for Opera Australia, including a multiple award-winning turn as Roxana in the recently acclaimed King Roger. Lehtipuu, in addition to his busy performing schedule, is currently Director of the Helsinki Festival.

ANAM Artistic Director Nick Deutsch says ‘We are thrilled to welcome former ANAM Artistic Director Brett Dean back to the South Melbourne Town Hall for a week-long residency culminating in an all-Australian program of orchestral music celebrating Brett Dean as a composer, violist and conductor. As a passionate ambassador for Australian music, Brett will expose our young musicians to works of fellow Australian composers Richard Meale, Lisa Illean, Georg Lentz, as well as his own. It is always inspiring to work with a composer on his/her own work and it will undoubtedly bring a new dimension to this performance for musicians and audience alike.’


One of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, much of Brett Dean’s work draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli, including several compositions inspired by his wife Heather Betts’s artwork. Highlights include projects with the BBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and as Artist in Residence with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Dean is 2017/18 Creative Chair at Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, a role which encompasses conducting, performing and creative programming. Dean also continues as Artist in Residence with Sydney Symphony Orchestra across 2016-2018.


Celebrating Brett Dean Friday 9 November, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (One hour & 45-mins incl. interval) Tickets $50 ($40 concession)

MEALE Clouds now and then
BRETT DEAN From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction)
GEORGES LENTZ Jerusalem (after Blake)

Lorina Gore soprano
Topi Lehtipuu tenor
*Brett Dea*n conductor
ANAM Orchestra
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

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