Week-long hit of mu­sic in the alps

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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