This exciting concert is being performed in Melbourne before Victoria Chorale takes it to Austria and Slovakia.
The concert features the stunning Requiem by Duruflé. Its sensuous harmonies and dramatic rhythms reflect Gregorian Chant and the distinctly French musical influences of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel.
Moving to our continent, a fabulous selection of music presents the Australian story in song and words. We celebrate the Indigenous connection with country, the Colonial past and the vibrant multicultural quality of Australia.
Sally Anne Russell - Mezzo Soprano
One of Australia’s finest mezzo sopranos, Sally-Anne has over 70 operatic roles in her repertoire, has sung in fifteen countries, performs with all the major symphony orchestras and opera companies and she has over 40 recordings on ABC Classics, Chandos, Move and Decca labels.
James Emerson - Bass Baritone
James Emerson is an upcoming Bass-Baritone from Essendon, Melbourne who has performed in professional productions with Victorian Opera and Opera Australia. At only twenty years old, James has won awards from many Eisteddfods and has also been a finalist in competitions like the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s Oratorio competition.
James is currently studying Classical Voice and music at The University of Melbourne aiming to pursue a career as a professional singer who is able to sing all types of vocal repertoire.
Mario Dobernig - Conductor
Mario is the Artistic Director and Conductor for Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound Orchestra.
Engagements for the 2017/2018 season include performances with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha for the Qatar Festival, Hobart’s MONA FOMA, Brahms’s Requiem and Alto Rhapsody, Schubert’s Masses No. 5 and 6, Mozart Vespers K. 339, Mozart’ Piano Concerto K. 449, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Eroica, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, festival appearances with Electronic Dance Music Producers, cultural exchange programs between Austria and Australia and returns to Europe in 2017 and 2018.