The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS) is an annual celebration of Lieder and art song. This year it will led by special guest artists, Dr Graham Johnson OBE, a world-renowned accompanist and art song authority, and Sir Thomas Allen, internationally acclaimed baritone, recitalist and opera singer.
MIFLAS is now calling for singers and pianists from across Australia for its festival masterclasses and concert series. Applications are now open and close on Tuesday 3 April 2018, details here: http://mcm.unimelb.edu.au/community-engagement/melbourne-international-festival-of-lieder-and-art-song
This year the Festival will focus on the songs of Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler and on art song in English.
MIFLAS aims to nurture the next generation of performers of Lieder and art song, encouraging them to achieve the highest standards of excellence in this artform.
All masterclasses and concerts, featuring Dr Johnson, Sir Thomas Allen and MIFLAS participants, will be open to the public.
One of the foremost accompanists, Dr Graham Johnson is internationally acclaimed for his performances and recordings of art song repertoire, as well as for his scholarship.
Sir 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; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors
Founded in 2014 by Patricia Price as the WAAPA International Art Song Academy, in 2018 the newly named Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song will be hosted by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne. The Festival ran successfully for four years at WAAPA and the Edith Cowan University recognised Graham Johnson’s enormous contribution by awarding him an Honorary Doctorate.
MIFLAS is based on the model established by the WAAPA International Art Song Academy. Patricia Price will continue her role as artistic director.
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a valued Founding Partner of MIFLAS.
The Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song, 7 -13 July 2018, Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Parkville.