The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS) is a masterclass and concert series for singers, pianists and audiences with a love of art song.
A festival for lovers of art song
The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music aims to nurture future performers of Lieder and art song under the guidance of internationally renowned artists. In a week-long series of masterclasses and concerts, young singers and pianists will be inspired to achieve the highest standards of excellence by specialists universally acknowledged for their contributions to the artform.
Patron and principal tutor, Dr Graham Johnson, will lead the way in forming the next generation of singers and pianists, brought together by a shared passion for collaboration and a deep love of song. The 2018 program will be announced soon.Register for updates
Graham Johnson OBE
Described as “that peerless song accompanist” (Daily Telegraph November 2015) Graham Johnson has performed with the world’s leading recitalists, and has recorded extensively for Hyperion Records. He is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2002 and made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, and received Honorary Doctorates from both Durham University and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Hugo Wolf Medal in 2014 for his services to the art of song, and his three volume Schubert: The Complete Songs was also published in that year.
Stephen Varcoe is known around the world for his work in concerts and recordings. He has appeared with many leading orchestras in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America. Stephen is also known for his recitals of poetry and song in a wide range of themes and styles. Stephen’s voice features on about 150 CDs of works by the Baroque masters; by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven; by later British composers such as Gurney, Finzi, Britten, Osborne, Musgrave and Tavener; and on the Chandos complete works of Percy Grainger. With Graham Johnson and Hyperion Records he has recorded several recital discs by Hahn, Chabrier, Fauré and Schubert. He completed a PhD at the University of York in 2009, and he writes and lectures on various aspects of singing, especially English song. He teaches at the Royal College of Music.
British-born Patricia Price has studied and worked with many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors. For three years Patricia was a full-time member of the BBC Singers, a group of 28 singers who performed and recorded music across all styles. Patricia’s European operatic debut came with the title role of Rossini’s Tancredi in France, with a subsequent recording that was the world premiere recording of this opera. The offer of a contract in Mannheim, Germany, followed and then her debuts with Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera Scottish Opera, Netherlands Opera and, from 1983 up until her retirement in 1989, as a principal singer for the Australian Opera.
Patricia then began directing her energies towards creating possibilities for the next generation of opera stars, with key academic roles at the University of Sydney’s National Voice Centre, and most recently as the Head of Vocal Studies and Opera at the Western Academy of Performing Arts. As of 2018, Patricia Price will join the casual vocal staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Schedule of Events
Friday5:45 pmThe Enamoured Soul: The Glory of Handel
The Enamoured Soul: The Glory of Handel
Friday 20 April
5.45pm Pre-concert drinks and nibbles
This fundraising event is proudly presented in support of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS).
Join us to celebrate the magnificence of Handel with some of Australia's finest exponents of the musical style and our dearest lieder and art song friends.
- Erin Helyard harpsichord
- Jacqueline Porter soprano
- David Irving violin
Tonight’s concert features some of the greatest music of this extraordinary composer and features songs written in his native language of German while reflecting the best lyrical Italianate style. It showcases his prowess at the harpsichord with a glittering chaconne, and concludes with an exquisite cantata in Italian: the “enamoured soul”.
Complimentary bubbles and light snacks will be provided upon arrival.
Sunday2:00 pmAn Afternoon at the Opera
An Afternoon at the Opera
Sunday 3 June, 2–5pm
International star of the operatic stage Stephanie Blythe has revealed that art song is the most important thing in her life, claiming that it has made her a better opera singer. This is, she says, due to the personal and intimate nature of the artform, and to the special relationship between the singer, the pianist and their audience. In this delightful Sunday afternoon concert, homegrown opera singers come out in support of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song, sharing their love and enthusiasm for both opera and art song. This will be a fun and relaxing afternoon at the opera within the walls of Parkville’s beautiful Melba Hall, that just might go off with a bang!
Saturday3:00 pmIn Conversation with Dr Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen
In Conversation with Dr Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen, followed by Welcome Drinks
Saturday 7 July, 3–5.30pm
Dr Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen: two of the greatest names in the history of art song performance on the international stage. This is your opportunity to find out more about the men behind the names. What drew them to this art form? What keeps their passion alive? And what do they believe is the future of art song, not just in Australia, but world-wide?
This event will launch the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song in a relaxed and informal way, within the walls of Parkville’s beautiful Melba Hall.
Masterclass series with Dr Graham Johnson
Masterclass series with Dr Graham Johnson
8 July, 3–5.30pm
9 July, 2.30–5.30pm
10 July, 10am–12.30pm
11 July, 2.30–5.30pm
Recognised as one of the world’s leading vocal accompanists, Graham Johnson has worked alongside a veritable who’s who of distinguished singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Dame Margaret Price, Peter Schreier, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dame Felicity Lott, Ann Murray DBE, Sarah Walker CBE and Dame Janet Baker. He has been a mentor and coach to many pre-professional singers and pianists in his role as Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music, and as a guest artist at the Vancouver International Song Institute and Songfest Los Angeles.
Now Graham Johnson comes to Melbourne to share his expertise with aspiring young Australian art song performers in a series of daily masterclasses. You too can share in this experience, and support young artists of the future, observing them in action in the beautiful surrounds of Melba Hall.
Masterclass series with Sir Thomas Allen
Masterclass series with Sir Thomas Allen
8 July, 2.30–5.30pm
9 July, 10.00–12.30pm
10 July, 2.30pm–5.30pm
12 July, 10.00am–12.30pm
Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2012 celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut with this company. he is equally renowned on the concert platform, having appeared in recital with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. In the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours Thomas Allen was made a Knight Bachelor, and amongst his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him! A seasoned masterclass teacher, and Chancellor of Durham University, Thomas Allen is committed to education and to the development of future generations of music-makers.
Sir Thomas comes to Melbourne in July to share his expertise with aspiring young Australian art song performers in a series of daily masterclasses. You too can share in this experience, and support young artists of the future, observing them in action in the beautiful surrounds of Melba Hall.
Thursday7:30 pmMIFLAS Showcase
Thursday 12 July, 7.30–9.30pm
After a week of inspiring masterclasses in art song performance with international stars of the artform, Graham Johnson and Thomas Allen, the lucky and talented young participants of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song will have the opportunity to strut their stuff on the stage of Melba Hall. Join our aspiring young singers and pianists in an evening of beautiful words and music, as the uplifting experiences of the Festival are brought to fruition in performance.
Friday7:30 pmMIFLAS Gala Concert
MIFLAS Gala Concert
Friday 13 July, 7.30–9.30pm
The MIFLAS Gala Concert represents the culmination of a week of masterclasses with two of the finest exponents of art song recital: world-class accompanist Dr Graham Johnson and international baritone Sir Thomas Allen. A select group of Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song participants will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the concert platform with these two great artists, having been mentored by them in an intense and inspiring five days of music-making and learning. Graham Johnson will host the concert, guiding the audience on a journey through the story of art song. Thomas Allen will also join the proceedings, leading the way for our aspiring young artists of the future.
The MIFLAS Festival Pass provides access to the following events:
- In Conversation with Dr Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen (7 July, 3pm)
- Audience access to four masterclasses with Dr Graham Johnson (8–11 July)
- Audience access to four masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen (8–10 and 12 July)
- MIFLAS Showcase (12 July, 7.30pm)
Individual event tickets and single-day passes will be available in early May.
Help us connect the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS) with our brightest future. For MIFLAS, your gift will secure the future of the festival. Your shared vision will help us continue to connect international opportunity with our next generations of lieder and art song.
MIFLAS is a truly unique opportunity that nurtures our future generations of Lieder and art song through world-class masterclass, performance, personal development and artistic advancement opportunities.
Your donation can be directed towards any of the following exclusive opportunities essential to our festival:
Festival Support: A gift to secure the future of MIFLAS
Ensure MIFLAS can continue to bring global artists and educational opportunities to the shores of Australia.
Education Support: A gift to sponsor the next generation
Enable an aspiring singer or pianist to participate in MIFLAS, connecting global opportunities with our next generations of lieder and art song.
International Guest Support: A gift to sponsor our international Guest Artists
Help us continue to bring global leaders in the education and performance field of lieder and art song to Australia, connecting our talent with international opportunity.
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