Opera in Australia, a look at Moonlight Reflections
A recital album full to the brim with exquisite art song, this recording is a compilation of hidden treasures and classic favourites performed by Opera Australia star, Stacey Alleaume.An Australian-Mauritian soprano of increasing acclaim, Alleaume is accompanied by exceptional pianist Amir Farid. Together, they perform the works of much loved composers including Camille Saint-Saëns, Henri Duparc, Giacomo Puccini, Reynaldo Hahn and Jules Massenet, whose exquisite songs explore sentiments penned by such notable poets as Charles Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, Ada Negri and Robert Browning.
The inspiration for the album’s title Moonlight Reflections, came from Saint-Saëns composition, Clair de lune, meaning ‘moonlight’. The album embraces the concept that art song serves as a reflection upon moments in life. The works selected for this recording take the listener on a significant emotional journey: from the joyfulness at the renewal of summer, the gaiety of birds singing and the happiness of a morning-song to the open expression of eternal love contrasted against the unbearable grief of a lost beloved.Indeed Alleaume has established herself as one of Australia’s most accomplished performers.
After being invited to join the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program at Opera Australia in 2016, Stacey was awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship for outstanding Australian operatic talent. In her first year as a young artist, she made three role debuts at the Sydney Opera House: Micaëla in Carmen, Leïla in The Pearl Fishers and Alexandra Mason in The Eighth Wonder.
Since then, her principal roles with Opera Australia have included Violetta Valéry in La Traviata both on the mainstage and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Sophie in Werther, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. Stacey has also toured with Opera Australia performing the roles of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. On the concert stage, Stacey has performed works with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, notably Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 under Maestro Sir Andrew Davis.In 2019, Stacey made her European debut performing Gilda in Rigoletto in the Bregenzer Festspiele, and was invited to return in the 2021/22 season to reprise the role. She also covered the title role in Lakmé, and sang the role of Frasquita in Carmen, both for The Royal Opera House Muscat.
The programme includes two ensemble works by composer Amy Beach featuring cellist Zoe Knighton and violinist Erica Kennedy.