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Light the Dark

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MIV 2018 is proud to present Light the Dark, a moving musical programme offering hope in a time of global turmoil and upheaval.

The concert features Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Parry’s I Was Glad and the jewel in the crown, Elgar’s Light of Life. Conducted by Patrick Burns, featuring reknowned soloists Liane Keegan, Andrew Goodwin, Anna-Louise Cole, Raphael Wong and accompanied by the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, this concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime performance, and we hope that you will join us as we make history in the glorious Melbourne Town Hall.


The Choir

Choristers from university choirs across Australia and around the world will come together in January 2018 to rehearse intensively in preparation for what is set to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime performance event.

To learn more about the Melbourne Intervarsity Choir, visit: https://www.miv.org.au/about



The Conductor

Patrick Burns was born in Sydney, Australia and studied French Horn and Conducting at the Melbourne and Queensland Conservatorium. In Australia, he is the chief conductor and music director of the Ipswich City Orchestra and XL Arts Inc. He is also the 2017/18 Hephzibah Tintner Fellow with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Internationally he has made guest appearances with the National Theater of Serbia (Otello), State Opera of Bulgaria Ruse (Rigoletto, Nabucco, Turandot), and the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria. In 2017, he was the assistant conductor with British Youth Opera and conducted the covers performance with the Southbank Sinfonia. He won the Jury’s Prize at the 2015 Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria and the Orchestra’s Prize in 2016 Black Sea Opera Conducting Competition in Romania.

For more information visit: https://www.patrickburnsconductor.com/



The Soloists

Liane Keegan

Born in Australia, Liane received scholarships from the Opera Foundation Australia, Shell Royal Covent Garden Scholarship which enabled her to study at the National Opera Studio London. She attended the AIMS summer School in Graz Austria on the Opera Australia Foundation Scholarship and in 1997, she won a Bayreuth Bursary from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.

Since returning to Australia permanently in 2012, Liane has appeared with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, conducted by Andrew Wailes, appearing in The Music Makers and Sea Pictures by Elgar. Alto solo in Alexander Nevsky by Prokoviev and Erda in the RMP Wagner Spectacular. Alto soloist in Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Zelman Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Shiells. Liane appeared as Siegrune Die Walküre Act 3 in the reopening of Hamer Hall Gala Concert. Guest artist with Victorian Opera in the White Night's Gala. Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Victorian Opera. Guest artist with Lodovico’s Band, singing Monteverdi arias and duets. Liane appears regularly as the alto soloist with Heidelburg Chorale in such works as The Messiah, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle and, most recently, in Elijah.

For more information please visit https://opera.org.au/artists/liane-keegan


Andrew Goodwin

Tenor Andrew Goodwin has appeared with orchestras and opera companies in Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia, including the Bolshoi Opera, Gran Theatre Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala Milan and Opera Australia.

Recent engagements have included Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and strings (Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras), Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone and Florival in L’amant jaloux (Grétry) for Pinchgut Opera, recitals with Daniel de Borah at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir; a recital with pianist Mira Yevtich at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg; Degtyarev's Russian oratorio Minin i Pojarsky with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, London; his debut in the title role in The Rake’s Progress for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; the roles of Lensky (Eugene Onegin) and Tamino (The Magic Flute) with the Bolshoi Opera; Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia; Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Song Company, as well as featuring at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.

For further information please visit https://www.andrewgoodwintenor.com/


Anna-Louise Cole

Hailed as “an exceptional young soprano” by Opera magazine UK (February 2017), Anna-Louise Cole is an Australian soprano born in Melbourne.

As a full time soprano for Opera Australia, Anna-Louise has performed the title role in Aïda, Crobyle in Thaïs, Gerhilde in Die Walküre and the Dritte Norn in Götterdämmerung, for which she was nominated for a 2017 Green Room Award for best Female in a Supporting Role.

Anna-Louise has also performed roles including Tosca, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), der Friedensbote (Rienzi) and Melanie in the Kinderoper Patchwork with companies including the Wiener Staatsoper, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Opera and Melbourne Lyric Opera.

For further information please see https://www.annalouisecole.com


Raphael Wong

Raphael was an opera scholar with Australian Music Events, and a member of The Opera Studio Melbourne, before making his operatic principal debut as Top in Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s The Tender Land in 2014.

Principal credits include; The King, The Sleeping Beauty; Musiklehrer, Ariadne auf Naxos; Filiberto, Il Signor Bruschino; Silvano, Un ballo in maschera; Carter, Our Man in Havana; Colas, Bastien and Bastienne; Boy 2, Trouble in Tahiti; St. Ignatius, Four Saints in Three Acts; Lun Tha, The King and I; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Tiridate, Radamisto; Dottore Grenvil/Marchese, La Traviata; Caspar, Play of Herod; The Footman, Cinderella; Feuilly, Les Miserablés; Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd; Nicely Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls; Samuel, The Three Sisters who are not Sisters.

For further information please visit https://opera.org.au/artists/raphael-wong



The Orchestra

Melbourne Opera Company Ltd was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit public arts company dedicated to producing opera and associated art forms at realistic prices. Melbourne Opera prides itself on its commitment to producing high quality, accessible performances for the benefit of audiences and performers.With an ensemble of dedicated performers and administrators, they aim to provide opera of the highest standard to audiences of all ages and backgrounds at affordable prices.

Melbourne Opera is committed to the development of young artists, regional touring, and openness and transparency. Melbourne Opera has toured the regions since its very first production in 2003. Including the regional and interstate touring program, Melbourne Opera is now second only to the national company as the most active opera company in the country.

For more information visit: http://www.melbourneopera.com/

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