Songs of the Night

The night is full of light—the twinkle of a carpet of stars, shards of moonlight piercing the forest canopy, romance kindled by the embers of a fire—but outshining them all, a song from the heart.


Following on from her acclaimed MCO directing début in 2016 with The Gypsy Palace, Rebecca Chan returns with a sonorous and lush nocturnal vision, including Wagner’s passionate Prelude from Tristan und Isolde and Schoenberg’s twilit confession for strings, Verklärte Nacht.

Tenor Andrew Goodwin’s career has hit the stratosphere, singing major roles at opera houses across Europe to enormous acclaim. He sings haunting night-themed lieder reimagined in sumptuous string orchestra arrangements, including Schoenberg’s Waldesnacht and Schubert’s Der Erlkönig.


“one of those performances that lives in the memory for days”
— Sydney Morning Herald

WAGNER arr GÜRTLER Prelude from Tristan und Isolde (arr string orchestra)
STRAUSS Die Nacht*
SCHOENBERG Waldesnacht*
Verklärte Nacht

BARTOK String Quartet No 4: IV Allegretto pizzicato
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo*
SCHUBERT Nacht und Träume D827*
Winterreise D911: Gute Nacht*
Nachtstück D672*
Der Erlkönig D328

†World première season.

Commission Supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation

Concert Duration: around 2 hours including one interval of 20 minutes

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Video: Andrew Goodwin

Andrew Goodwin speaks about his preparations for Songs of the Night.

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