Sunday, 31 August 2008
This week on Sunday Arts Virginia Trioli speaks with Wagnerian soprano, Lisa Gasteen; English music legend, Barry Adamson performs; and artist Alexander Knox talks about his project that has changed the look of a Melbourne landmark.
Lisa Gasteen is considered one of the world’s leading Wagnerian sopranos. Gasteen first grabbed international attention when she won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1991. She has made the stronger German roles her trademark, her specialty being the role of Brunnhilde in Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. Gasteen has delighted audiences in Australia and Europe having performed with the Royal Opera (UK), the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, as well as with Opera Australia. She has returned from Europe to live in Brisbane, and her engagements this year include performances with symphony orchestras in Hobart, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
English music legend, Barry Adamson came to fame playing bass for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Magazine. In his diverse musical career he has also written a number of film scores, including for David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Having been a solo artist for over 20 years, he is now heading up his own band which traverses the worlds of funk, soul, dub and even spoken word. Adamson toured Australia with the band this year, visiting Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
The Royal Mail Building in Melbourne’s city centre has a spectacular new facade at night. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne’s Public Art Program, this amazing light show is called Maxims of Behaviour. Artist, Alexander Knox is behind its design and Sunday Arts follows him bringing the project to fruition.
Sunday Arts will be repeated on ABC2 – Sunday, August 31 at 7:30pm