JOSTLE Opera Voss back from wilderness / Melbourne Recital Hall raising $1m for performers / The 2021 Classical NEXT is offering an Innovation Award / What is the Global Music Match? / Jazzers, win $11,111.11 / Exposing racial inequity in opera


Opera Voss back from the wilderness

Voss has left an imprint as ‘the great Australian opera’ but has not been seen since its premiere at the Adelaide Festival in 1986. It was composed by Richard Meale, to a libretto by David Malouf, based on the novel by Patrick White (1956). The plot was inspired by the journey of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

It is to have a new production, with single performances in Melbourne then, some time later, in Adelaide.

Melbourne performance:  7.30pm, Wednesday 4th August 2021 in the Palais Theatre, St Kilda. Tickets : $39 to $159. Public Forum (free) :  1pm-5pm, Sunday 1st August, 2021, Kenneth Myer Auditorium, Ian Potter Southbank Centre.

Adelaide performance: 7.30pm. Friday 17th September 2021, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote St, Adelaide; tickets: $70 to $140. Public forum (free) : 10.30am – 4pm, location TBA

Cast includes Sam Dundas, baritone (Voss), Emma Pearson, soprano (Laura). [Melbourne] chorus of Opera Victoria, with ANAM Orchestra. [Adelaide] chorus of State Opera of South Australia, with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Stuart Maunder  director, Richard Mills conductor

Melbourne Recital Hall raising $1million for performers

The Melbourne Recital Centre’s drive to raise $1 million for its artists has reached the 60% mark four months in.

Of the $600,000 raised, $400,000 has already been distributed to the first 200 performers. Performances take the form of concerts, digital broadcasts, outdoor DJ sets, recording sessions, open rehearsals, projections and learning and access programs to get music to the physically and financially disadvantaged.

Let’s get digital: Last year after the venue had to close, the MRC launched a series of paid livestreams with 130 performers. This year a partnership with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall for the Great Performers series allows the streams to reach a wider audience. The MRC also is piloting workshops for artists on strategy, fundraising, and digital marketing.
From the Music

The 2021 Classical NEXT is offering an Innovation Award

Applications from projects are invited from around the globe and a panel chooses a long list, then a short list from which the winner will emerge.

The organisers have published the longlist of 24 projects, each with a brief description. They write: “We are happy to present to you this year’s nominees for the Classical:NEXT 2021 Innovation Award. Each project or person has been singled out by the expert members of the nominating committee for their outstanding profiles from amongst the myriad of other candidates in their respective home countries and across the globe. Longlist, shortlist, public vote – Read here how our Innovation Award works.

The Longlist can be read here: It gives an interesting picture of the innovative edge of classical music this year.

What is the Global Music Match?

Created in a world first collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with export organisations and showcase events from around the world, GMM is a network to promote artists in new territories, develop social media skills and interaction, grow audiences and connect musicians globally.

How does it work?

Each week, one band/musician from each country will ‘introduce’ another artist from a different country, engaging with them on social media to cross promote to their audiences. This is reciprocated for everyone involved, meaning that participating artists will be presented via social networks across a range of participating international artist’s online audiences.

What is the aim?

Breaking artists into a new territory or country is a challenging process, exacerbated by the pandemic as tradtional IRL international showcasing opportunities reduce. This programme aims to develop new audience bases for artists in a range of international locations, providing a groundwork for future international touring development. The programme will also support participating artists to upskill their social media activity, as well as encourage cross border artist collaboration.

How can musicians take part?

Artists interested in taking part in the programme should apply through their respective export organisation (in Australia, Sounds Australia).

Jazzers, win $11,111.11

Open Call for Artists for the 2022 Bucharest International JAZZ Competition. Ranked among the first 3 jazz competitions in Europe, the winner receives 7,000 Euros (AU$11,111.11 on June 29). Open for: instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities, born after the 1st of July 1982 (so up to age 40). The registration is open. Deadline: 1st March 2022. Date: 16 – 23 July 2022.

Where to stay in Roumania

Here you can find a short video selection of past editions. Info:

Exposing racial inequity in opera

Black Opera Alliance (BOA) and TRG Arts have partnered to further BOA’s mission to expose racial inequity and under-representation of the African diaspora in all facets of the US opera sector and promote reform. To achieve this, BOA and TRG Arts are tracking the progress that opera companies in the US are making towards the eight areas of needed transformation defined in The Pledge released in September of 2020.

As the opera field seeks out truer equity, inclusion, and racial justice, this framework provides specific requirements and timelines. BOA is eager to understand the impact and progress of The Pledge.

To share how progress is being made, BOA and TRG will be releasing on-going insight reports in 2021. Historically, the lack of industry-wide accountability has been a prime culprit in stalling substantive industry evolution in the EDI space. These reports will shine a spotlight on how and where the sector is making gains. BOA and TRG Arts are also committed to helping the opera sector understand how to apply these data points in 2021 to aid in journeys of improvement. To facilitate industrywide learning, BOA and TRG Arts will also host webinars to review each insight report and discuss take-aways and action items.

Click here to download the Insights Report


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