How to Disappear Completely: Songs of Love & Loss
Cristina Russo & Konrad Olszewski at St Ambrose Hall

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14-16 Templeton Street, Woodend, Victoria 3442
St Ambrose Hall

This event is supported by Gemlife Woodend

“Out of sorrow entire worlds have been built, out of longing great wonders have been willed.” Nick Cave

Debuting at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, this programme presents an afternoon of music exploring the nature of longing and sorrow; an inescapable and painful part of the human condition, and yet great wonders and joys inevitably emerge from the ashes of heartache.

Soprano Cristina Russo and pianist Konrad Olszewski travel through musical time to explore the nature of yearning and sorrow. Can we avoid it? Would life be better without it? Cristina draws from her own Italian heritage to explore these eternal questions, turning to such diverse sources as Alessandro Scarlatti, Luciano Berio, Stefano Landi, Nina Simone, Henry Purcell, the poetry of the great Michelangelo, Jeff Buckley and finally Nick Cave.


Italian-Australian soprano Cristina Russo has established a career spanning opera, oratorio, film music, art song, early music and contemporary collaborations.

Konrad Olszewski is a professional pianist who is in much demand as performer, accompanist, repetiteur and teacher. He is regularly invited to perform recitals around Australia, recently performing the Paderewski concerto in the Sydney Town Hall and BMW Edge.