4th December 2016, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
George Frideric Handel
‘Cara speme’, Guilio Cesare in Egitto
‘When I Am Laid in Earth’ (Dido’s lament), Dido and Aeneas
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
‘La Flamande’, Suite in D minor, Pièces de clavecin
‘Morgen!’ Op. 27 No. 4
‘Allerseelen’ Op. 10 No. 8
Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3
‘Mon Cœur s’ouvre à ta voix’, Samson et Dalila
‘L’Amour est un oiseau rebelle’ (Habanera), Carmen
‘Chocolate Song’, Banquet of Secrets
‘Claire de lune’, Suite bergamesque
‘Anne’s Lament’, To Hell and Back
‘Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man’, Show Boat
Dimity Shepherd – Mezzo soprano
As a Melbourne-based mezzo soprano, Dimity Shepherd has built a reputation for delivering performances celebrated equally for their dramatic and vocal strength. She appears regularly both in concert and on the operatic stage around Australia.
Dimity’s career spans the worlds of traditional and contemporary opera. She has carved a niche as one of the most sought after performers of new Australian works, having premiered many celebrated roles. Amongst these are works by Jonathan Mills, Dorothy Porter, Paul Grabowsky, Joanna Murray-Smith, Briony Marks, Matthew Saville, Alan John, Andrew Upton, Andrew Schultz, Gordon Kerry, Louis Nowra and Iain Grandage. They include The Ghost Wife’s celebrated season at the Barbican, London, and most recently the premiere of Paul Grabowsky and Steve Vizard’s Banquet of Secrets.
Dimity’s traditional opera roles have included Carmen, Dorabella, Cherubino, Rosina, Ruggiero, Orphée, Nireno, Maddalena, and Flora. Highlights include appearances in Nixon in China and her Helpmann-nominated role of Lucy in Threepenny Opera. She is a three time Green Room award winner, Churchill Fellow, and has been on the judging panel of the Herald Sun Aria.
Caroline Almonte – Piano
Melbourne-born Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist. She studied with renowned pianist Stephen McIntyre at the VCA and Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. She has won numerous awards, including winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performers Awards and 1st prize at the international chamber music competition in Italy “Trio di Trieste”.
Caroline gives regular solo and chamber music recitals around Australia and internationally. She has appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide International Cello Festival, Dunkeld Weekend of Music, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Perth International Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, which included a live broadcast on ABC classic FM of the Goldberg Variations. 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. Her many musical collaborations include working with members of the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Yvonne Kenny, Ralph Kirschbaum, Ian Munro, Li-Wei Qin, Miki Tsunoda – Duo Sol, Pieter Wispelway and recently in recital with Susie Park, Sarah Chang and Daniel Hope.
As a soloist, Caroline has performed with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras including Rachmaninov and Mozart Piano concerti. Alongside her various performances, Caroline continues a prolific teaching career and is passionate about working with young people. She teaches piano at the University of Melbourne and has been involved in several projects with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Australian Music Examinations Board and regularly gives both piano and chamber music masterclasses.