7:00 PM19:00

Nellie in Her Own Write

Hear the opinions and anecdotes of our own Nellie Melba, as well as some of her favourite repertoire. Melba Scholars, Sharolyn Kimmorley and Stephen McIntyre entertain with the life and music of our first Australian superstar.

Soprano - Cleo Lee McGowan
Tenor - Damian Arnold
Baritone - Samuel Piper
Piano - Sharolyn Kimmorley
Narration - Stephen McIntyre

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4:00 PM16:00

Mendelssohn's St. Paul Oratorio

Samuel joins the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir as baritone soloist in this performance.

In the 160th Anniversary year of Ipswich's St Paul's Anglican Church, the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir mark St Paul's feast day with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's dramatic oratorio about this pillar of the early Christian church. From his early persecution of the church, to his conversion on the road to Damascus, to his travels and writings to early church centres, St Paul's story is told through some of the most beautiful and dramatic vocal music ever written. Under the direction of David Webster, with guest soloists, don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this wonderful oratorio in the beautiful surrounds of an historic Ipswich Church.

Performance is on the 29th of June, 2019 at St Paul's Anglican Church, Ipswich. Doors open at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start. Tickets can be purchased on line by following the link or at the door.

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4:00 PM16:00

One Fine Day

Newcastle University Choir presents "One Fine Day" , a concert of much loved Opera Choruses and Arias featuring Opera Australia's soprano, Mariana Hong and baritone Samuel Piper under the direction of guest conductor Peter Guy.

Online bookings close midnight Sat May 18th- tickets will then be available at the door.

On Sunday 19 May 2019 at 2:00pm

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music
Cnr Auckland and Laman Street, Newcastle , NSW 2291

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to Nov 3

Opera Queensland - Don Giovanni.

Look into the eyes of one of opera’s most tortured souls as Don Giovanni roams the stage.

The genius of Mozart, for too long overdue in OperaQ’s repertoire, returns with his epic and timeless masterpiece Don Giovanni, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch.

In Lindy Hume’s bold, visually arresting new staging the aristocratic Don Giovanni is a seductive sociopath, cajoling, funny and charming, yet dangerous and destructive. Giovanni’s descent into hell is one of theatre’s most spectacular scenes, but no work of Mozart’s is one-dimensional, so be prepared to experience a kaleidoscope of emotions across the sweep of one of opera’s most exhilarating scores.

Don Giovanni Duncan Rock
Leporello Shaun Brown
Donna Anna Eva Kong
Don Ottavio Virgilio Marino
Donna Elvira Hayley Sugars
Masetto Samuel Piper
Zerlina Katie Stenzel
The Commendatore Andrew Collis

19, 20, 26, 27 OCTOBER AND 1 NOVEMBER 7.30PM
23 AND 30 OCTOBER 6.30PM

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to Aug 31

Opera Australia - Aida.

This is a story of love so strong it defies enemy lines. This is a story of a kingdom in triumph and a nation in chains.

This is a story of betrayal.

Verdi’s monumental, transcendent music makes this historic epic a perennial favourite. Our new production comes from the celebrated Italian director Davide Livermore. 

He is renowned for high-tech sets so tangible, it’s hard to believe they are just light and shadow. Immersive, impressive, intimate — this is the future of spectacle on stage.

Thrilling young conductor Andrea Battistoni returns to lead this production. Three magnificent casts perform Verdi’s difficult leads. You don’t want to miss the stunning soprano of Amber Wagner, paired with Elena Gabouri as Amneris and Riccardo Massi as Radamès.

Later in the season, rising star Natalie Aroyan takes on her dream role, and Clémentine Margaine, Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torre and Yonghoon Lee join the all-star lineup.

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to Jun 26

Pinchgut Opera - Athalia.

The first great English oratorio

A poet of the human heart through music, Handel’s brilliance at examining human nature is in full flight with Athalia. He presents characters rich in thought and feeling, combined with some simply stunning choruses that will knock your socks off. Then there are heart-stopping moments when everything clears but for a few strings and a single voice. It’s just magic. In the sure hands of Cantillation – an ensemble of voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra – Athalia will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best.  

The powerful plot comes alive in a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters. The murderous, idol-worshipping Queen Athalia is intent on eradicating the line of David. But one has escaped the slaughter: the child Joas has been raised in secret by Josabeth, the wife of the high priest Joad. Can Athalia succeed in her dreadful purpose that all heirs to the throne are to be destroyed?

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2:00 PM14:00

Recital - Opera & Arts Support Group

We have organised a special afternoon with our Parton, Sharolyn Kimmorley AM. Sharolyn will also entertain us with a delightful programme featuring the following exceptional young artists: Jessica Harper – Soprano,  Fleuranne Brockway – Mezzo Soprano, Michael Butchard – Tenor, Samuel Piper – Baritone.

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7:00 PM19:00

Carmen w/ the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Carmen Vesselina Kasarova
Don José Andrea Carè

Singers from the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School
Opera Queensland Chorus

Interlude Dancers from the Queensland Ballet
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon

A superstar Carmen. The world's No.1 opera. Some of the greatest arias and duets ever written.

In jubilant celebration to conclude our 70th anniversary year, we present the full opera, in concert, with an international cast and Australia’s best emerging artists, under the baton of QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra.

Witness the famous melodies and the intense, gutsy and extraordinary drama that is Bizet’s Carmen

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6:30 PM18:30

2017 OperaQ Gala.

OperaQ’s popular Gala is always an unforgettable experience, and this year we invite you to immerse yourself in the allure of the exotic. To celebrate our year featuring exotic themes in The Pearlfishers and Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, the 2017 OperaQ Gala will be decidedly different, with an air of the mysterious.2017 Gala guests will enjoy five star dining, spectacular performances, silent auctions and the chance to win money-can’t-buy opera experiences.

The main fundraising event of the year, all proceeds from the Gala support OperaQ’s artistic, community and education programs, allowing the Company to achieve its mission to reflect, celebrate and enrich life in our Queensland community.

So come and help us celebrate an unforgettable year as we support a great cause and enjoy a night of the exotic, the quixotic and the enigmatic. Wear evening dress, with a difference…

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7:30 PM19:30

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Oratorio Competition

The Finalists of the 2017 RMP ARIA will battle it out for the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of cash, professional photography packages, language coaching and various other prizes – as well as future engagements with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic.

Each singer will perform a short program of arias and recitatives from the world of oratorio, accompanied on piano by outstanding pianist and RMP Principal Accompanist Stefan Cassomenos. A distinguished panel of judges will decide over $5000.00 worth of cash prizes, as well as other awards including language coaching and professional photographic packages and future performance opportunities with the RMP.

At the end of the Final, RMP Chief Conductor Andrew Wailes will direct a full scale performance of the RMP Oratorio Festival Choir, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussion players and soloists, in a performance of John Rutter’s spectacular “Gloria”.

Tickets include a free champagne reception at the conclusion of the evening, where audience members have the chance to meet the finalists, adjudicators, orchestra, choir and conductor.

A gala event, not to be missed!

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10:00 AM10:00

Stars of Tomorrow - Bangalow Music Festival

This year we welcome the 2017 recipients of the SXS Next Gen
Artists Program: the Meraki Quartet and clarinettist Annie Larsen,
to perform at the festival, along with the inaugural recipient of the
Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship, baritone Samuel Piper.
This program will also include the World Premiere of a work by
Southern Cross Soloists’ Next Gen composer-in-residence,
John Rotar.

BEETHOVEN “Adelaide”, Op. 46
JANACEK String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
ROTAR New Work, World Premiere
GLAZUNOV Rêverie orientale
BARBER Dover Beach
MOZART “Donne mie, la fate a tanti” from Cosi fan tutte

Meraki Quartet 2017 SXS Next Gen Artists
Annie Larsen, clarinet 2017 SXS Next Gen Artists
Samuel Piper, baritone Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship recipient

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to Aug 12

Mozart Airborne

Expressions Dance Company, Opera Queensland and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present
5-12 August, 2017 | Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
BOOK NOW: 136 246

Voices and bodies take flight in this stunning premiere production celebrating the beauty and complexity of some of Mozart’s most sublime arias and ensembles including music from some of his most famous operas, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro.

Six singers from Opera Queensland join Expressions Dance Company’s compelling ensemble of six dancers to perform new works from some of Australia’s most celebrated choreographers.

Mozart Airborne weaves a fabric of stories through arias, duets and scenes brought together by co-directors Natalie Weir and Lindy Hume. Featuring virtuosic pianist Alex Raineri, this combination of dance, opera and Mozart’s soaring melodies is framed within a design which celebrates each component. If you love dance, opera and classical piano, join us in the intimate space of the newly refurbished Cremorne Theatre as it comes alive to the sound and movements of Mozart Airborne.

Don’t miss this unique collaboration showcasing a thrilling mix of contemporary dance set to the music of one of the greatest classical composers.

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