Individually curated recitals that unlock a wealth of repertoire rarely heard in Australia, further increasing the offering of song repertoire to both all audiences. CloseUp features the company’s Principal Artists in partnership with the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Guest Artists.

BOOK OF TRAVELERS

SongCo Close-Up: Two wonderful song cycles from both ends of art-song history

Ensemble Artists Ethan Taylor (tenor) and Hayden Barrington (baritone) spread their vocal wings in this Close-Up program of two works from both ends of art song history – Beethoven’s majestic An die ferne Geliebter (“To the distant beloved”), the first narrative song cycle, and Gabriel Kahane’s astonishing 2018 work, Book of Travelers, a fusion of classical, jazz, and pop that weaves a musical tapestry of stories collected during the composer’s 6000-mile train journey across the USA.

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DICHTERLIEBE REIMAGINED

Close-Up: Koen van Stade – Dichterliebe as Schumann might have imagined it

How can we develop the sense of good taste that was expected of artists in the 19th century? Combined research into historical recordings and written sources add up to a brand-new presentation and complete performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in this lecture-recital by Principal Artist, tenor Koen van Stade and Guest Artist, pianist Neal Peres Da Costa. Hear surprising performance practices of portamento, vibrato, rhythm, tempo, legato, and diction in the styles to which Schumann himself was accustomed – bringing the song cycle to life as it might have sounded in the decades immediately following its conception.

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BACH TO THE FUTURE

Close-Up: Maximilian Riebl – from Bach to Elvis Presley and back!

With a voice that’s described as “exquisite” (Limelight Magazine) and “luminous” (The Australian), Melbourne-based countertenor Max Riebl joins Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep to reinvent the recital experience. This intimate program weaves effortlessly between Bach’s Lutheran cantatas, mid-20th-century classics from Elvis, and a new work by Sarah Elise Thompson.

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CHANT D'AMOUR ET DE MORT

Close-Up: Amy Moore – Messiaen’s grandest song cycle of love and death

Radical 20th-century French composer Olivier Messiaen’s obsession with the transformative qualities of music and its power to connect the human soul with distant mysteries of the universe is channelled into his epic song cycle, Harawi. Featuring Principal Artist, soprano Amy Moore, accompanied by Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, the music and the love poetry were written while Messiaen’s wife Claire Delbos was suffering from serious mental illness. Harawi is infused with a fantastical mix of Peruvian ritual, the grandest and catchiest of post-Wagnerian melodies, and a calm, deep faith in the Eternal.

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ESPERAR, SENTIR, MORIR

Close-Up: Roberta Diamond – voyages in music from the Iberian Peninsula

Principal Artist, soprano Roberta Diamond is joined by Guest Artist, harpist Hannah Lane for voyages in music from the Iberian peninsula. Traditional melodies in Spanish and Ladino from the Sephardic diaspora are intertwined with theatre music from the Spanish Golden Age along with popular compositions that travelled to the other end of the continent.

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MESSIAH

Handel’s perennial favourite sung in intimate surroundings by The Song Company soloists, guest choirs, and The SongCo Chorale

Handel’s Messiah has been the stuff of legends since its premiere in Dublin in 1742 reviewed thus, “Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crouded Audience. The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestick and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear.” The Song Company sing it with old friends and new, accompanied only by continuo, to reveal surprising intimacy in this much-loved oratorio.

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