ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song is directed by renowned singer and teacher Patricia Price. Singers and pianists from across Australia and around the South-East Asian region gather in Melbourne and spend six days working intensively on song repertoire, principally with the world renowned song pianist and author, Graham Johnson OBE.
In addition to performing in no less than four masterclasses for Graham Johnson over the week, participants will perform in public concerts and be offered French and German lyric diction classes.
There is also the opportunity to take further private coaching if desired.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
GRAHAM JOHNSON OBE
Described as “that peerless song accompanist” (Daily Telegraph November 2015) Graham Johnson has performed with the world’s leading recitalists, and has recorded extensively for Hyperion Records. He is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2002 and made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, and received Honorary Doctorates from both Durham University and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Hugo Wolf Medal in 2014 for his services to the art of song, and his three volume Schubert: The Complete Songs was also published in that year.
In 2019 he returns to Songfest Los Angeles, undertakes intense masterclass weeks in Basel, Australia and at the prestigious Ravinia festival and sits on the juries of the Ferrier and Wigmore competitions while completing his lastest on book, on the life and songs of Francis Poulenc.
PATRICIA PRICE, CO-DIRECTOR
British-born Patricia Price has studied and worked with many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors. For three years Patricia was a full-time member of the BBC Singers, a group of 28 singers who performed and recorded music across all styles. Patricia’s European operatic debut came with the title role of Rossini’s Tancredi in France, with a subsequent recording that was the world premiere recording of this opera. The offer of a contract in Mannheim, Germany, followed and then her debuts with Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera Scottish Opera, Netherlands Opera and, from 1983 up until her retirement in 1989, as a principal singer for the Australian Opera.
Patricia then began directing her energies towards creating possibilities for the next generation of opera stars, with key academic roles at the University of Sydney’s National Voice Centre, and most recently as the Head of Vocal Studies and Opera at the Western Academy of Performing Arts. As of 2018, Patricia Price is based in Melbourne where she is teaching in the Masters of Opera course at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Stewart Kelly is developing a career as a sought-after pianist, associate artist and producer. He is on the staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and is Artistic Director of Music by the Springs, a chamber music festival held in Hepburn Springs each February. He joins MIFLAS as co-director after participating in the course in 2018 and finding it one of the most inspiring weeks of his entire musical education.
CAN I APPLY FOR THE FESTIVAL?
If you are aged 18 and over and are a classical singer or pianist interested in furthering your knowledge and skills in the field of art song then you are welcome to apply.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and recent recordings of their work. Our artistic committee will select the finest 16 singers and up to 16 pianists to participate.
We strongly encourage duos regularly working together to apply. We also welcome applications from solo singers and pianists who just want more experience in the art song genre and we will pair you for the week.
Applications are due May 17.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The course fee in 2019 is $650 AUD.
Your fee includes performances in no less than four masterclass sessions and attendance at four others, participation in at least one of the festival public recitals and entrance to festival welcome reception.
Private coaching with Graham Johnson OBE and Patricia Price is available for an additional fee.
There is an application fee of $22 for all applicants.
Please note: once you are accepted to the course and have paid your fee all sales are final and there can be no refunds for any reason.
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE?
Between Sunday June 30 and Thursday July 4th there will be eight two-hour masterclass sessions lead by Graham Johnson OBE.
Participants will also attend French and German lyric diction classes.
On Wednesday and Friday evening there will be public recitals featuring the work of festival participants.
DO I HAVE TO ARRANGE MY OWN TRAVEL?
If you are attending from outside Melbourne you are required to arrange your own flights and accommodation.
CAN I ATTEND JUST TO WATCH?
Yes. All masterclass sessions are open to the public and we are thrilled to announce that in 2019 you can attend as an observer for just $10 per day.
We encourage all young singers and pianists and their teachers to attend.
WHAT REPERTOIRE WILL I HAVE TO PREPARE?
In 2019 four masterclasses will be devoted to the work of Schubert and Schumann, and four will be devoted to the work of Fauré and Poulenc.
Please select two songs to perform by either Schubert or Schumann and two songs by Fauré or Poulenc. Note once participants for 2019 have been selected you may be approached to nominate an alternative work if multiple applicants have proposed the same song.
Pianists not attending as a duo will be allocated repertoire based on applications from singers.
HOW DO I APPLY?
First, select your recordings (audio or video) that must be within the last 18 months. Recordings of lieder or song are preferred but you may supply alternatives (eg: aria recordings) if that is all you have available.
These files must be uploaded to either Youtube, Drop Box or Google Drive.
Go to the top of this page and click "Apply to participate". This will prompt you for details for your application fee and then get you to fill out an application form.
You will need to copy and paste the link to your recordings into that page.
All participants much submit an individual application, even if applying as a duo.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 17.
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL VENUE?
We are thrilled to announce that the beautiful recital room in the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School will be the 2019 home for MIFLAS. The hall features a Steinway concert grand piano and the school has extensive facilities for rehearsal and practice as well as an onsite cafe.
VCASS is located at 57 Miles Street, South Bank in the heart of Melbourne's Cultural Precinct, close to trains, trams, restaurants and hotels of all standards.
From our 2018 participants...
The MIFLAS program was one of the most fabulous and informative programs I have had the pleasure
of being a part of since I started at university...I would absolutely recommend auditioning for this program, or at the very least attending this program to observe as there is so much to learn from the staff of MIFLAS and so much to take away from the program.
Nathan Bryon, Tenor, Sydney
This festival has been nothing short of a life-changing experience - working with Graham and Stephen and seeing their passion for Lieder & Art Song is inspiring and personally moving, and I’m incredibly grateful for having been given this opportunity to work with them.
Liam Auhl, Tenor, Perth
It was a life changing experience for me as a musician. A word ‘inspirational’ does not do the justice when remembering all the depth of teaching, knowledge and passion poured out by our masters.
Eun-Jung Byun, Piano, Sydney
Being given the opportunity to meet and work with Graham Johnson has truly been a career highlight for me.
His artistry and scholarship in this most important field of performance is exceptional. His humility and generosity make one feel completely at ease and ready to learn.