Opera stars raise funds for An­gel Flight

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MONTO res­i­dents were thrilled at this year’s A Night with Opera Queens­land.

A smaller, more in­ti­mate af­fair than last year’s ex­trav­a­ganza at Ca­nia, the show gave the au­di­ence the chance to peek be­hind the cur­tain at the life­styles of the performers.

The OperaQ com­pany of Emily Burke, Vic­to­ria Lam­bourn, Shaun Brown, Rosario La Spina and Narelle French on piano warmed up the crowd with a tongue-in-cheek dis­play of prima donna be­hav­iour, play­ful snip­ing and cham­pagne hang­overs.

This segued into a per­for­mance of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary arias from the likes of La Peri­c­hole, Car­men and The Bar­ber of Seville.

The Monto show ran a fundraiser for the An­gel Flight or­gan­i­sa­tion, or­gan­ised and run by Monto Magic Tourism In­dus­try.

An­gel Flight pi­lot David Newby gave a talk be­fore the show about the ser­vice they pro­vided.

“It’s great to see the turnout and raise a bit of money, as well as pub­lic­ity for the work we do,” Mr Newby said.

Though ex­act fig­ures are un­clear, the show raised roughly $1000 through dona­tions alone.

Monto Magic pres­i­dent Liz Robert­son said she was pleased with the gen­eros­ity of the dona­tions.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

BACK­STAGE THESPIANS: The performers from OperaQ de­lighted Monto with be­hind-the-scenes an­tics and clas­sic arias.

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