Week-long hit of music in the alps
AN exciting week is promised in Beechworth this month with over 100 musicians converging on the town for the ‘coming of age’ of Opera in the Alps 1996 – 2017.
During the week of Opera in the Alps there will be a festival atmosphere in the town as 25 young opera singers residing at the Old Priory, will take part in masterclasses, workshops and coaching sessions with world renowned soprano – Yvonne Kenny and Opera Australia soprano Tiffany Speight, accompanied by two of Australia’s leading repetiteurs Leigh Harrold and Rhodri Clarke.
The Scholars will also be involved in drama and dance classes with stage director Kyahl Anderson and dance instructors Ben Colley currently at WAAPA and raised in Wodonga and Melbourne based Seline Callister.
The coaching sessions may be attended by the public and will take place in the town hall and St Joseph’s Primary school from Monday to Wednesday.
On Wednesday the main chorus arrives and will rehearse at Kerferd Centre and Baarmutha Park Centre.
The orchestra will arrive on Friday ready to rehearse with the main chorus, the Scholars and the guest artists.
During the week there will be the free lunchtime concerts given by the Opera Scholars in the Beechworth RSL on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chosen Scholars will also perform to patients of the Beechworth Hospital as they do each year.
On the Thursday they will present ‘Voices in the Twilight’ at 5.30pm at the Kerferd Centre, also featuring International baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and ABC personality and conductor Guy Noble.
Tickets for this very popular concert can be booked through Eventbrite.
Those who attend can also book a postconcert dinner package to complete a special experience.
A very exciting addition this year is the formation of a regional Children’s Choir comprising 65 young singers from AlburyWodonga, Beechworth and Euroa.
This has been made possible through the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund.
These young singers aged from 6-16 have been undergoing weekly local rehearsals with musicians residing in the area.
They will gather for a workshop day on Tuesday, January 17 in Beechworth to work with Opera Australia soprano - Tiffany Speight and Opera Scholars Australia director Margot Cory-Wall.
They will also gain valuable experience working with choreographers in preparation for their special part in the Opera in the Alps concert on Saturday, January 21.
The program on Saturday night will be enhanced by some spectacular sabre fighting on stage with real combat lightsaber fighters dueling to the very exciting ‘Duel of the Fates’ music from Star Wars.
The Opera in the Alps phenomenon has been possible through the generosity of Ramsay Health, principal sponsor for the past six years.