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


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Concert Notes: Songs of the Night

Read the program notes for Songs of the Night and understand more of the background to the music in this concert.

Schoenberg, Romantic

Verklärte Nacht is an iconic string masterpiece from the height of Schoenberg’s early Romantic period.

Musician’s view

We asked Emma Sullivan, who plays double bass with MCO, for her thoughts on the music in Songs of the Night.

Video: Andrew Goodwin

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

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