Author Inge Southcott

Inge Southcott was a medico for ten years before joining Opera Australia (full-time chorus and minor principal artist) until 1995. She teaches singing in Armidale. In 2010 she was awarded a MMus in vocal pedagogy from the University of Sydney. Her research was about how singers hear themselves and the use of recordings as a pedagogical tool.

Art Songs
I Thought I Heard a Magpie Call. Heritage Australian Art Songs

Artist/s: Margaret Schindler (soprano), Philip Mayers (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 076
http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au
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“Another very enjoyable release from Wirripang: thirty- two Australian songs, most composed pre WW11 – an era when we felt we still belonged in the “Old Country” and our songs were still populated by fairies, pipers and shepherds, and spring sprang forth in May! The performances are excellent from Margaret Schindler, soprano, accompanied by her long-time colleague, Philip Mayers, on piano.”

Classical
Aida : Verdi. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Artist/s: Latonia Moore (Aida), Walter Fraccaro (Radamès), Milijana Nikolic (Amneris), Michael Honeyman (Amonasro), David Parkin (Ramfis), Dubinsky (The King Gennadi), Eva Kong (High priestess), Benjamin Rasheed (Messenger) Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Brian Castles-Onion (conductor), Gale Edwards (director), Opera Australia (production)
Category: Classical, Opera
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“The main attraction of this Aida by Opera Australia lies in the splendid singing of the two female leads, rather than in any compelling staging or novel conception of this magnificent late opera of Verdi. Latonia Moore has the perfect voice for Aida, and the role of Amneris, sung by Milijana Nikolic, is also wonderfully realised.”

Art Songs
Kingfisher. Songs for Halcyon

Artist/s: Halcyon: Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano). With Laura Chislett Jones (piccolo and flutes), Jason Noble (clarinet and bass clarinet), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), William Jackson and Joshua Hill (percussion)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, New Music
Label: Tall Poppies TP236
www.tallpoppies.net
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“Kingfisher” has fine performances of 21 songs recently composed especially for Halcyon, and offers a valuable insight into the field of recent Australian composition for vocal chamber ensemble.

Art Songs
Movement. Vocal and Chamber Music by Horace Keats

Artist/s: Louise Page (soprano), Phillipa Candy (piano), The Linden String Quartet: Marina Marsden, Emily Long (violins), Justine Marsden (viola), Elizaberth Neville (cello), Janet Webb (flute)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 050
http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au
Reviewed by

“A fine CD from Wirripang of chamber works by the Australian composer Horace Keats (1895-1945) with superb performances from the artists: Louise Page (soprano), The Linden String Quartet, Phillipa Candy (piano) and Janet Webb (flute).”

Classical
Madama Butterfly : Puccini. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, DVD

Artist/s: Cio-Cio-San - Hiromi Omura, Pinkerton - Georgy Vasiliev, Suzuki - Anna Yun, Sharpless - Michael Honeyman, Conductor - Brian Castles-Onion, Director - Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), Production - Opera Australia, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Category: Classical, Film, Opera
Label: ABC Classics 076 2903
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“This thoughtful and highly imaginative production of Puccini’s masterpiece was directed by Àlex Ollé, a director with La Fura dels Baus, with a mesmerizing, unforgettable performance of Butterfly by the young Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura.”

Classical
La Traviata, by Guiseppe Verdi. DVD

Artist/s: DVD of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour recorded live in April 2012, Emma Matthews as Violetta, Gianluca Terranova as Alfredo, Jonathan Summers as Germont, and Margaret Plummer, Martin Buckingham, James Clayton. Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, conductor: Brian Castles-Onion. Director: Francesca Zambello, sets by Brian Thomson.
Category: Classical, Opera
Label: DVD, ABC Classics 076 2940
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“If he were still alive today, I am sure Verdi would loudly applaud this spectacular and moving production of La Traviata. Opera Australia’s team have given the classic favourite a contemporary treatment that really works,”

Art Songs
Hymne à l’amour

Artist/s: Siobhan Stagg, soprano; Amir Farid, piano
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Move Records MD 3360
Reviewed by

“Siobhan Stagg has a voice of astounding beauty and working with the wonderful Amir Farid on piano, the duo present a memorable recital of Romantic art songs.” The hugely talented Melbournian soprano Siobhan Stagg recorded this beautiful collection of Romantic…

Arias
Nicole Car: The Kiss

Artist/s: Nicole Car (soprano) with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Andrea Molino
Category: Arias, Classical, Music, Opera
Label: ABC Classics 481 2371
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Soprano Nicole Car is not yet 30, but her superb singing on this solo debut CD and her magnificent voice firmly places her in the top rank of emerging international artists. Nicole Car trained at the Victorian College of the…

Classical
Brandenburg Celebrates

Artist/s: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir directed by Paul Dyer. Soloists: Shaun Lee-Chen, Baroque violin; Jamie Hey, Baroque cello; Melissa Farrow, Baroque flute
Category: Classical, Early Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1929
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A triumphant performance of Zadok the Priest (Handel’s famous coronation anthem of 1727) on the first track of this brilliant CD sets the scene for an exciting selection recorded in 2015, to celebrate 25 years of music making by the…

Classical
The Celtic Songbook

Artist/s: A compilation of melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Wales featuring singers David Hobson, Nollaig Casey, Paul McMahon, Annalisa Kerrigan, Sarah Calderwood and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with various ensembles
Category: Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 1981
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This CD is a compilation of traditional Celtic melodies sung by well-known artists and selected from recordings made by the ABC between 1996-2015. It is a feast, though it lacks variety in the recipes chosen, with almost all pieces being…

Classical
The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell

Artist/s: Pinchgut Opera conducted by Antony Walker. Principal soloists: Sara Macliver (soprano), Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo- soprano), Jamie Allen, Paul McMahon (tenors), and Stephen Bennett (bass). Supporting soloists: Miriam Allan, Belinda Montgomery, Alison Morgan (sopranos), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo-soprano), Brett Weymark (tenor), Corin Bone, Simon Lobelson (baritones). Cantillation (chamber choir) and the Orchestra of the Antipodes led by Anna McDonald
Category: Classical, Early Music, Opera
Label: ABC Classics 481 1705
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At the time Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was composing the music for The Fairy Queen, the London public had developed a definite taste for dramas presented as fanciful large scale spectacles with music and dances as well as dialogue. This new…

A cappella
Prima Luce. A Collection of Christmas Hymns and Chants

Artist/s: Prima Luce. Lily Kelly, Rioghnach McCaughan (sopranos), Genevieve McCaughan, Xavier Piat (altos), John Brazier, James Doig (tenors), Ronan Reilly, Cormac McCaughan (basses)
Category: A cappella, Choral Music, Classical, Early Music, New Music, Plainchant
Label: SWCD 1411
www.primalmusic.com
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Prima Luce is a group of nine young Catholic musicians who released this excellent CD of Christmas choral music in 2014 as part of their wish “to promote the beauty of the Catholic Church’s musical patrimony” (quoted from their website…

Classical
Emerald Leopard. Works by Brooke Green, Kats-Chernin, Andrea Pandolfo, Ross Edwards, and Gibbons, Morley, Dowland

Artist/s: Josie and the Emeralds. Josie Ryan (soprano), Brooke Green, Laura Moore, Catherine Upex, Fiona Ziegler (viols).Guest artists: Belinda Montgomery (soprano), Margo Adelson, Anthea Cottee, Elizabeth Rumsey, Laura Vaughan (viols), Jacques Emery (double bass and percussion)
Category: Classical, Early Music, New Music
Label: Tall Poppies TP233.
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Josie and The Emeralds have received critical acclaim for their concerts in Sydney and Canberra since their formation in 2011. They play an innovative mix of Renaissance works, original compositions by Brooke Green (their director), and her arrangements of both…

Books
The Arts and the Common Good

Author: Katharine Brisbane
Category: Books, Cultural Policy
Sydney: Currency House, Platform Papers Issue #43, May 2015. 72 pp
ISBN13 978 0 9924890 4-5
www. currencyhouse.org.au
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Platform Papers are scholarly quarterly essays produced by Currency House Inc., a Sydney-based non-profit organisation, formed in 2001, which seeks to raise the level of public discourse about issues facing the arts today (see www. currencyhouse.org.au). In this, Paper Number…

Classical
Mahler. Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Lieder – Five Rückert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder and four Lieder from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit

Artist/s: Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja (conductor), Sharolyn Kimmorley (piano)
Category: Classical
Label: ABC Classics 481 0484
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The five Rückert Lieder composed by Gustav Mahler(1860-1911) from 1901-2, stand as individual songs, rather than as a cycle, and the order of performance varies. Mahler chose poems by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866) because he wanted to express man’s inner psychological…

Arias
Handel. Rodelinda: Selected Arias

Artist/s: Sydney Lyric Orchestra, cond. Richard Bonynge. Rodelinda - Valda Wilson (soprano), Bertarido - Fiona Janes (mezzo soprano), Grimoaldo - John Longmuir (tenor), Eduige - Liane Keegan (mezzo soprano), Unulfo- Lorina Gore (soprano), Garibaldo - Michael Lewis (baritone)
Category: Arias, Classical, Early Music, Music, Opera
Label: ABC Classics 481 0987
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This disc is pure joy to listen to! One exquisite aria after another (16 in all!) beautifully sung by a top cast of six singers and supported by an excellent small orchestra. Of course the opera is one of Handel’s…

Classical
Copland: Appalachian Spring, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, conductor, Emma Matthews, soprano
Category: Classical
Label: ABC Classics 481 0863
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The twelve poems of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) that Aaron Copland set to music in 1949-50 are quite extraordinary. Written in the first person, they speak directly and without artifice, resembling a personal diary, and one gets a very strong sense…

Classical
Richard Strauss. Don Juan, Four last Songs, Also sprach Zarathustra

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Erin Wall (soprano)
Category: Classical
Label: ABC Classics 481 1122
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This recent release from ABC Classics has the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in superb form playing Richard Strauss (Don Juan, Vier letzte Lieder, Also sprach Zarathustra) under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, its chief conductor. Strauss had consummate skill in…

Classical
The Shepherd and the Mermaid. German Romantic Rarities for piano, voice and clarinet

Artist/s: Trio Kroma: Elena Xanthoudakis soprano, Jason Xanthoudakis clarinet, Clemens Leske piano
Category: Classical
Label: Move MCD 472
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Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano), her brother Jason Xanthoudakis (clarinet) and Clemens Leske (piano) are the three outstanding musicians of Trio Kroma. They have produced this excellent disc of rarely performed Romantic pieces for soprano, clarinet and piano. I suspect the only…

Classical
Seraphim

Artist/s: Sara Macliver, soprano. Orchestra of the Antipodes, Brett Weymark conductor. West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conductor Benjamin Northey; other artists
Category: Classical, Early Music
Label: ABC Classics 476 4362
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This ABD Classics portrait cd of Sara Macliver opens with Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim” (from Samson). The difficult coloratura is clear and the duet between voice and Leanne Sullivan’s fine trumpet playing is exciting. The close collaboration with Brett…

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