Songs and Stories

In Conversation: Merlyn Quaife

How does it feel to be part of a vocal quartet?

When voices come together as well as ours do, it’s pure joy.

What do you like about working with Songmakers Australia?

The repertoire we perform is always interesting, and keeps me learning new things. Then there’s also working with colleagues I love and respect.

The first program in 2016 includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. What is your favourite piece in the program?

I love it all and prefer not to pick a favourite!

How is this different from your other work?

Singing at St Francis’ Church (in the heart of Melbourne) is in fact quite similar to what we do in Songmakers. Masses often encompasses quartet work, but with orchestra. Art Song is definitely different to singing opera, but I decided to retire from opera after the 2013 Ring. I could, however, be persuaded to do a cameo…

What is coming up next on your schedule?

At the time of writing this, next on my schedule is Easter Sunday Mass at St Francis’. Schubert Mass in G and MozartLaudate Dominum plus I get to join in with the HallelujahChorus – fabulous! Then it’s Songmakers at the Recital Centre on April 13!

Merlyn Quaife appears with Songmakers Australia in "Songs to a Distant Beloved" on April 13 at Melbourne Recital Centre. The performance will feature Mozart's Notturni for three voices and piano, plus song cycles by Beethoven and Schumann.

Tickets available via the Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office. More about Merlyn at