A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
MORE than 120 people joined Opera Queensland stars on an adventure through Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni in St George on Thursday night.
Ranging from the boisterous La donna e mobile of Rigoletto to the pensive Flower Duet from Lakme, the audience sat enthralled and at times sang along to the recognisable melodies.
The cast kept the performance light, sprinkling comedy and theatrical moments between the songs to add context to the famous crescendos.
Renowned operatic tenor Rosario la Spina, soprano Emily Burke, mezzo soprano Victoria Lambourn and baritone Shaun Brown comprised the four-part cast that has been touring regional Queensland since August 25. Opera Queensland regional touring manager Mark Taylor said the singers were travelling to many rural and remote locations on their 22-day tour.
“Opera Queensland’s vision is an endless landscape of opera experiences and I believe heading west typifies it,” Mr Taylor said.
“The whole point of this tour is to give people the opera that they love, to give them the beauty in a less-than-expected location.
“Opera is a 400-year-old art form and this set-up here frames some of Australia’s best talent in an outback Queensland setting.”
St George Art Council’s David Jackson said the catering from the
St Patrick’s P&C Committee was delicious and the opera was brilliant.
Mr Jackson said the next production on offer from the Arts Council would be Tiffany and Maddison’s Botox Party on Tuesday, October 17, at the St George Cultural Centre.
“It is a comedy and completely different in style to the opera performance, and will include singing as well,” he said.
“Proceeds of the night will go to the Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba, which provides much-needed accommodation for
St George residents who are undergoing cancer treatment.”
NIGHT OF DELIGHTS: Opera Queensland stars win over the crowd with well-known renditions of opera arias.