Singer Angela Giblin, left, and accompanist Margaret Legge-Wilkinson.
Romance, happiness, jealousy, betrayal, loss - all the guises of romantic love are explored in Afroditi Sings. Singer Angela Giblin and pianist-keyboardist Margaret Legge-Wilkinson named their show after the Greek goddess of love. It was first performed at Teatro Vivaldi a few years ago and has been revamped for its new season at the Street.
Giblin will sing in five languages - English, French, German, Greek and Spanish - and a range of musical styles. The concert begins with a piano solo, Count Basie's One O'Clock Jump then moves into the Great American Songbook with a little Cole Porter (What Is This Thing Called Love).
That's followed by a couple of lieder by Robert Schumann (Im wunderschoenen Monat Mai and Ich will meine Seele Tauchen.
''They're very romantic.''
Then there's an opera aria by Saint-Saens (Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Samson et Dalila).
Other pieces include the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen and, more authentically Spanish, Manuel de Falla's El Pano Moruno and Seguidilla Murciana.
There are a couple more Porter songs including Miss Otis Regrets and Duke Ellington's Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me closes the first half.
Legge-Wilkinson's husband, Stephanos Malikides, contributes a setting of E.E. Cummings' poem I carry your heart and an arrangement of Manos Hadjidakis's O Dachdromos, a story of love and death.
''It's a tragic song.''
On a lighter note there's William Bolcom's Toothbrush Time, about how after a night of passion things can look different in the light of day.
Also on the program are La Vie En Rose, made famous by Edith Piaf, and Stephen Sondheim's Every Day A Little Death from A Little Night Music. And there's more for audiences to discover for themselves.
Afroditi Sings is the duo's third cabaret production.
Legge-Wilkinson is a composer, musical director and chamber musician who has performed as soloist and accompanist in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Cyprus and Australia.
Giblin trained in singing in Australia and Europe and has performed 50 roles in the mezzo-soprano operatic repertoire, in Vienna, Germany and Switzerland as well as with Opera Australia, the Victoria State Opera, Chamber Made Opera, Opera Hunter and ACT Opera.
- Angela Giblin, mezzo-soprano, Margaret Legge-Wilkinson, piano, keyboard. The Street Theatre. November 7 and 8 at 8pm, November 10 at 3pm. Tickets $25-$35. Bookings: 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au.