On This Day
Giacomo Puccini's final opera, Turandot, premiered in 1926 at La Scala in Milan, Italy. The composer worked on the opera for several years before his untimely death in 1924, leaving the completion of the work to his long-time collaborator, Franco Alfano. Despite its difficult production history, Turandot has become one of Puccini's most beloved works and is regularly performed in opera houses around the world.
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Joining us for the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney 2023 Open Day is Nick Russoniello. Nick is one of the most talented and exciting young musicians in the country, known for his virtuosity and versatility as a saxophonist.
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One of our special guests for the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney 2023 Open Day is renowned Australian pianist and music educator Gerard Willems AM, a musician who has made significant contributions to the classical music scene in Australia and beyond.
Born On This Day Classical
Jean-Joseph Mouret was a renowned French Baroque composer who had a great singing voice and charming personality. He is famous for his contribution to the world of opera and for introducing comedy in his work. His notable work, Les fêtes, ou Le triomphe de Thalie, was the first opera to use comedy, which was quite controversial at that time.
Born On This Day
While Alfred Lion is often credited as the face of Blue Note, perhaps the most widely recognised jazz label of all time, Francis Wolff was equally important to the label's success, both as a business partner and as a talented photographer who captured some of the most iconic images in jazz history.
Classical Program Highlights
Oratorio: The Resurrection composed by Georg Friedrich Händel in 1708, depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as recounted in the New Testament. The story unfolds through a series of arias, recitatives, and choruses, each capturing different aspects of the story. The instrumental overture sets the tone for the opera, followed by a series of recitatives and arias that introduce the characters and themes.
Classical Interviews Jazz
Polish born Hania Rani is a composer and musician who trained as a classical pianist before incorporating jazz into her work whilst studying at Music School Feliks Nowowiejski in Gdańsk. Her debut album Esja, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces on UK label Gondwana Records was released to international acclaim on 5 April 2019 and gathered nominations in five categories in the Polish music industry’s own Grammys, the Fryderyki.
Classical Open Day
One of our special guests for the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney 2023 Open Day is renowned soprano singer Amelia Farrugia who has captivated audiences with her stunning vocal range and emotive performances in some of the world's most prestigious opera houses and concert halls.
Classical On This Day
Frederick Delius is widely regarded as one of the most influential British composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although he spent most of his life in France, his music was heavily inspired by his time in the United States and South America. In 1897, Delius composed his first opera, Koanga, which premiered at the Stadttheater in Elberfeld, Germany.