The SwanSongs recital series was launched in 2013 to great success. Wickham says the series is close to his heart.
"This is absolutely the music that I can’t do without, the core of my career and passion; the place where words and music fuse to create something extraordinary."
This year Wickham profiles three of Western Australia's greatest singers starting with rising star Alexander Lewis this Sunday at 5pm. Lewis is a WAAPA graduate trained by his mother Perth singing teacher Patricia Price. The tenor came to attention in Australia as Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and has recently been part of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist program. Last month he sung Tamino in the WA Opera production of The Magic Flute.
The final recital is later in August featuring Lisa Harper-Brown, who studied at UWA and sang several big roles with WA Opera before pursuing a career with Opera Australia and overseas. She is currently based in New Zealand. Wickham has recorded two CD's with Harper-Brown: The Poet Sings and The Red of a Woman's Heart.
And here is the exciting part: Lisa Harper-Brown's recital program is inspired by my book Women of Note and will be based around the music of Australian women composers. The concert is August 17th 3pm and I can't wait to hear Lisa and David bring to life the music of Margaret Sutherland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Sally Whitwell. I will be there with copies of the book for interested buyers!
Perth Town Hall
August 3rd & 17th
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