Third Monday of the Month

A concert (venue and time as per notice) or 10.00 for 10.30 am in the Lyceum Rooms

Members and guests welcome

Enquiries to Circle Convener – Guests email Members refer to Members Only Page for the Convener’s contact details


Monday, 18 January: Year Theme: The Wonderful World of Music – Start in Dresden with the Lehar Gala Operetta

Monday, 15 February: Journey to Buenos Aries and Tango with Barenboim and a diversion to Chicago first Dance

Monday, 15 March: New York Met presents Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss, German comic opera

Monday, 19 April: Baroque and Beyond (Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and many more)

Monday, 17 May: Concert Presentation  Hamburg 2019  Tchaikovsky, Mahler

Monday, 14 June: Opera Verismo Metropolitan Opera 1978

Monday, 16 July: “La Boheme” Baz Lurhmann’s production with Opera Australia

Monday, 16 August: “Spartacus” Bolshoi Ballet

Monday, 20 September: Gilbert and Sullivan


Monday, 20 January: Carmen by Bizet: Metropolitan Opera;  Alagna,  Garanca and Tahu Rhodes

Monday, 17 February: Carmen Jones: Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge

Monday, 16 March: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey: Leif Ove Andsnes; Piano

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Monday, 21 September: The Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach.

Monday, 19 October: Two works by Mozart presented by two brilliant conductors.

Monday, 16 November:

Recent 2019

November: Waldbuhne Berlin 2018 Goodbye Sir Simon Berlin Philharmonic

October: Tribute to Pavarotti  Documentary

September: Becoming Traviata Natalie Dessay. Documentary

** Please note change of day and date -Tuesday, 8 October: Visit to the Conservatorium

August: Richard Strauss Gala

June: Soliti – Journey of a Lifetime or Krysztof Penderecki – Paths through the Labyrinth

May: Fidelio Part 2 Rec Valencia 2006

April: Giselle Australian Ballet

March: Robin Hood Part 2

February: Robin Hood– the opera Part 1. Finnish National Opera. DVD approx. 121 mins.



November: U Carmen e Khayelitsha – South African film. Carmen as you have never seen before. DVD approx. 120 mins. Followed by lunch at the Customs House

October: Ludwig van Beethoven. Leonore Overture No 3; Symphony No 9 in D Minor, West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin. Conductor Daniel Barenboim. DVD approx.96 mins.

September: The Magic Flute Salzburg Festival 2002. Act 2.Approx. 103mins

August: The Magic Flute Opera by Mozart. Ingmar Bergman production 1975. Act 1.approx. 75 mins

July: Candide – operetta by Leonard Bernstein. Concert format conducted by Leonard Bernstein Act 2

June: The Australian Ballet Manon

May: House of Dreams – Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

April: First Public Performance Sydney Opera House Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting

March: Wagner vs Verdi Documentary

Monday, 19 February: Ioan Holender Farewell Concert

2017 Music Circles

November: DVD African Footprint (Musical) approx. 89 mins. Rec in South Africa, World Premier 11th May 2017

October: DVD Written on Skin (Opera) approx. 90 mins. Premiered 2012, New Work. First performance at ROHC March 2013. Recorded in 2013 ROHC

September: DVD The Enchanted Island Part 2 approx. 82 mins Inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

August: DVD The Enchanted Island (A Baroque Pastiche) Part 1

July: DVD Cabaret Musical

June: combined with Walking into History Circle for demonstration of Brisbane City Hall Organ

May: CD Amir Farad plays Javad Maroufi, recorded 2014. Instrumental.

April: Change of date due to Easter. DVD “Death in Venice” Ballet John Neumeier; recorded Baden-Baden 2004.

March: DVD “Robin Hood.” Act 1 (composed 2013) approx. 80 mins. Recorded Finland 2013. “Opera for all the family”.

February: Anna Russell “The (First) Farewell Concert.” Recorded at the Baltimore Museum of Art Nov 1984.


November: World Hits from Berlin to Broadway, Renee Fleming and Klaus Florian Vogt, Staatskapelle Dresden, Conducted by Christian Thielemann, Semperoper DresdenOctober: Cox and Box. Gilbert and Sullivan “1 Act” London Symphony Orchestra

September: La Finta Giardiniera W.A Mozart. Edited 1st Act, Acts 2 and 3. Salzburger Festspiele

August: Platee (Plataea) by Jean Philippe Rameau Acts 2 and 3, Opera National de Paris

July: The Elgar Cello concerto, opus 85, Jacqueline du Pre, The New Philharmonic Orchestra. Beethoven Piano Trio No 5 in D major Op. 70, No 1 Jacqueline du Pre, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman. Remastered in 2012

June Spartacus by Khachaturian, Acts 1 and 3 with Carlos Acosta, Bolshoi Ballet Palais  Garnier

May Platee (Plataea) by Jean Philippe Rameau , Acts 2 and 3, Opera National de Paris, 2002 

April In The Footsteps of Famous Composers Jacques Offenbach 2012 DVD 50 mins.

March Enigma Variations and Hidden Portrait by Elgar

February Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach.  1971 production from the Hamburg State Opera. DVD 101 mins.


2015 Circles

November West Side Story

October  No Circle

September Gustav Mahler Song of the Earth, Richard Strauss Death and Transfiguration with Paul Groves and Thomas Hampson

August The Young Pavarotti DVD

July The New Desert Song with Kathryn Grayson and Gordon MacRae

June J. S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Recorded Baden-Baden 2005. Ballet choreographed by John Neumeier set to the Oratorio St Matthew Passion

May Rameau Les Indes Galantes (no translation) opera ballet Acts 3 and 4

April Verdi Requiem

March Britten The Turn of the Screw

February Jill Perryman and June Bronhill Live in Australia BP Supershow (DVD 61 mins)

2014 Circles

November Act Three Siegfried by Richard Wagner, Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2002-3 production Lisa Gasteen as Brunhilde, Jon FredricWest as Siegfried

October Carmina Burana by Carl Orf

September Béla Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle conducted by Sir Georg Solti

August Beethoven for All Documentary on Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra plus Fourth Movement of the Ninth Symphony

July Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

June Sappho Acts Two and Three

May Sappho Peggy Glanville- Hicks. Overture and Act One. This is the first recording of Peggy Glanville Hicks last grand opera, recorded in 2012 and is quite a tale in its own right. Audio – Running time 61 minutes

April No Circle  (Easter)

March A Feather on the Breath of God by Hildegard von Bingen, performed by, Emma Kirkby, Gothic Voices and Andrew Lawrence-King – Audio DVD The Life of Hildegard von Bingen