OperaQ artists com­ing to town

Isis Town and Country - - News -

HIGH schools and res­i­dents from across the re­gion have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in an op­er­atic work­shop as part of this year’s Childers Fes­ti­val, cul­mi­nat­ing in live per­for­mances dur­ing the fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing Opera Queens­land artists.

The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity ser­vices spokes­woman, Judy Peters, said that each year lo­cal stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers were en­cour­aged to get in­volved with the fes­ti­val through per­form­ing arts work­shops.

“We’re thrilled to have OperaQ on board this year both to host Open Stage work­shops for the re­gion’s res­i­dents and to per­form dur­ing the fes­ti­val,” Cr Peters said.

“This will give the work­shop stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn valu­able skills from our state’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and tal­ented singers, mu­si­cians and di­rec­tors be­fore show­ing off their new-found skills on stage.

“The work­shops are de­signed to con­nect par­tic­i­pants with the power of cre­ative ex­pres­sion and the emo­tion of hu­man voice.”

Cr Peters said the work­shops would cul­mi­nate in live per­for­mances by OperaQ artists and work­shop par­tic­i­pants at 12.30pm on Sun­day, July 26, at the Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre and a tick­eted per­for­mance at Opera by the Lake at 3pm on Satur­day, July 25.

“Opera by the Lake will be a won­der­ful op­er­atic per­for­mance in the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­ting of Lake Red­brook Hol­i­day Re­treat, 10km north of Childers,” she said.

“This out­door con­cert will in­clude a host of opera favourites and is a must-see event for any­one with a love for mu­sic and our beau­ti­ful re­gion.”

The OperaQ work­shops were made pos­si­ble through Queens­land Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­nity Drought Sup­port fund­ing and will take place from Tues­day, July 21, to Fri­day, July 24, in the theatre room at TAFE East Coast Bund­aberg.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the Open Stage work­shops and reser­va­tions for the Opera by the Lake per­for­mance on July 25 can be made at childer­s­fes­ti­val.com.au.

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