Introduction to Melbourne Opera’s 2017 Lohengrin – Monday 24 July 2017

Date/Time: Mon 24 Jul 2017 - 19:00 to 21:30

Organiser: The Richard Wagner Society (Victoria)
Contact Name: Susan Cumming
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Cost: $30.00 for members, $35.00 for guests, $15.00 for students

Flockart Hall, Methodist Ladies’ College
207 Barkers Road, Kew, VIC, 3101


Program: Presentation (refer below for bios) and discussion followed by supper
Cost: $30 members, $35 guests, $15 students
Public Transport: Tram 16:  Stop 77 to corner of Glenferrie Road and Barkers Road
Car Parking: MLC Carpark off main entrance at 207 Barkers Road
RSVP Date: Wednesday 19 July 2017

Dr David Kram


After making his conducting debut in Italy in 1969, Dr David Ian Kram was répétiteur and conductor at the Grand Théâtre (Geneva); Stadttheater (Basel), Nationaltheater (Mannheim), Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia and many guest engagements in Australia, Europe and Asia. David is the General Manager and Artistic Director of More Than Opera.

David Kram’s extensive Wagner conducting experience includes assistant conducting on Parsifal and the Ring Cycle (Geneva), assisting Mark Elder with Meistersinger, Rheingold and Tristan und Isolde (Sydney), and conducting Die Meistersinger in Wiesbaden and Siegfried in Nantes, Brittany. He conducted Lohengrin in Mannheim where he was Erster Kapellmeister 1975-1977 working with cast and orchestral members from Bayreuth. David Kram is currently completing the composition of the massed choral work PEACE: A Cantata for John Monash.

Melbourne Opera’s 2017 production of Lohengrin is David Kram’s fifth engagement with the company following The Merry Widow, Fidelio, Der Freischütz and the 2016 production of Tannhaüser.

Helena Dix


Born in Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Helena studied at the Melba Conservatorium. She represented Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, then won Best Young Singer at The International Opera awards. Her international acclaim was assured with brilliant reviews singing the title role of Cristina Regina di Svezia at the Wexford Festival Opera in 2013.

Helena’s previous Wagner roles are as a Flowermaiden in ENO’s Parsifal and Isabella in Das Liebesverbot. Winning the London Wagner Society’s 2012 Bursary Competition, she performed in the 2012 Bayreuth Stipendiatenkonzert at the Festspielhaus and as part of the International Wagner prize in Karlsruhe. She was then nominated to enter Seattle Opera’s International Wagner competition. Making the finals landed Helena her first contract with The Metropolitan Opera (The Met). Currently she is covering lead roles at The Met including Electra in Idomeneo under the baton of James Levine. She will be covering Norma in The Met’s September-December production of Norma, with Carlo Rizzi conducting.

The Society is thrilled to be supporting Helena Dix’s debut as Elsa in Melbourne Opera’s new production of Lohengrin.  This is the first time Helena has sung in an opera back home in fifteen years.


Suzanne Chaundy is the Director of Melbourne Opera’s new 2017 production of Lohengrin.

Melbourne Opera’s Lohengrin will be performed at the Regent Theatre on 7, 10 and 12 August (Tickets or ph 1 300 111 011) and at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University on 19 August (Tickets or ph 9905 0111).



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