6th October 2019, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Dimity and Caroline will perform a program inspired by Louise Hanson-Dyer. Repertoire includes works by Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Margaret Sutherland, George Marshall-Hall, Gustav Holst and more.
Meet the Artists
This year Dimity Shepherd won her 4th Green Room Award (Otello, Melbourne Opera) and was last year nominated for a Helpmann Award for her work in The Black Rider (Malthouse Theatre/Victorian Opera). One of Melbourne’s favourite mezzos, she has worked extensively both in the traditional opera repertoire (Carmen, Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino etc) and in the premieres of numerous new Australian works, most recently Lorelei (Victorian Opera). She has a passion for opera, art song and work that falls between the worlds, such as Sondheim and Weill. She has performed with Victorian Opera, Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, Malthouse Theatre, Chamber Made Opera, Queensland Opera, Melbourne Symphony and others. Upcoming engagements include the title role of Carmen with Opera Australia, Peal in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for SOSA, and a return season of Lorelei at Opera Queensland.
Caroline Almonte is an Australian Pianist, Producer and Presenter. Caroline studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts and Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. Her solo and chamber music first prizes include ABC Young Performer’s Awards– keyboard and Premio “Trio di Trieste”. She gives solo and chamber music recitals around Australia and overseas.
Caroline has performed in Canada, China, Italy, Japan, South America, U.K and the United States, including appearances at the Melbourne and Perth International Festivals, Bologna Festival, Edinburgh International Festival , Musica Viva ‘s Huntington Festival , Shanghai International Piano Festival and Teatro Colosseo Series in Buenos Aires.Her many musical collaborations include working with members of the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Sarah Chang, Daniel Hope, Yvonne Kenny, Ralph Kirschbaum, Ian Munro, Susie Park, Miki Tsunoda – Duo Sol and Pieter Wispelway.
In 2018, Pieter Wispelwey and Caroline Almonte were nominated for a Helpmann award for their performances of the complete works of Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas for cello and piano at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Along with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch, Caroline is the founding member of the Sutherland Trio, in honour of Australia’s matriarch of Australian composition – Margaret Sutherland. Alongside her stage performances, Caroline is passionate about working with young people , has been involved in several projects with the AYO, MYO and AMEB where she recorded and produced the recent solo piano series 17, 18 and piano for Leisure series 4 and was a producer and program maker for ABC Classic FM.
Caroline has completed residencies at the University of Auckland and Shanghai Conservatory, including performances with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Caroline teaches piano and chamber music at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.