French Arias

The second half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary flowering in French music. Composers including Chausson, Debussy and Fauré transported audiences to previously unimagined worlds of sound, mysterious in their beauty and subtle charm. In this concert, we bring this iconic music to life in orchestral splendour, including Debussy’s Clair de lune and Chausson’s Poème.

Described by ABC Classic FM as “one of the foremost sopranos of her generation,” Greta Bradman’s luminescent soprano is the ideal vehicle for lush songs by Debussy. It’s also the inspiration for new songs by Australia’s leading composer of music for voice, Calvin Bowman.

This concert will tour Victoria, supported by the Victorian Government through Touring Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.



CHAUSSON Poème
DEBUSSY Clair de lune
Ariettes oubliées
FAURÉ Dolly Suite
DEBUSSY La soirée dans Grenade
Children's Corner (selections)
CALVIN BOWMAN Ophélie*

*Premiere season. Commission supported by Robert Salzer Foundation.
Poème arr Keith Crellin for violin and string orchestra.
Other works arr Nicholas Buc for string orchestra.


Explore & Discover

Raw vision: Clair de lune

Watch MCO rehearsing Clair de Lune ahead of the French Arias tour.

Concert Notes: French Arias

Read the program notes for French Arias and understand more of the background to the music in this extraordinary performance.

Musician’s View

We asked Emma Sullivan, who plays double bass with MCO, for her thoughts on our upcoming French Arias program.


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