Prima donna homecoming
CRAIGLIE’S much-loved resident prima donna Alteouise DeVaughn will give two special performances with her accomplished musician son in the Douglas region next week.
The internationally-acclaimed opera diva was recently granted her permanent residency and to celebrate, her son, baritone Justin, will join her in a vocal extravaganza.
DeVaughn has sung many leading roles in opera houses in Europe and the US, and is also highly regarded as a singer of oratorio and spirituals.
In addition to opera arias, she will sing a bracket of spirituals together with Justin.
She was getting ready to rush off to Cairns airport to pick up Justin who was flying in from New York on Tuesday.
“It is the first time Justin has been here and I am so looking forward to seeing him,” DeVaughn said.
“I’m also dying to be performing with him on stage when we kick off our tour.
“I am not saying this because I am his mother but Justin is such a talent - he has been blessed with a double dose.
“Justin has been performing on stage with me since he was three years of age and I have always taken him to parties and he has carved out quite a career for himself.
“He can play anything from rock to Bach, and is an accomplished pianist and trombonist - he played the trombone at my mother’s funeral when he was just five years old.”
Justin Michael Austin has joined his mother on stage from the age of six as the boy in Gershwin’s famous opera Porgy & Bess, and has since been on stage with DeVaughn in every Porgy & Bess tour in the US and Europe.
Austin, awarded “Best Singer 2012” of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, will perform with his mother in concerts in Port Douglas and Mossman.
The two truly great performers will be at St Augustine’s Church, in Mossman, next Monday, at 6.30pm and St Andrew’s Church, in Port Douglas, next Tuesday, at 6.30pm.
Tickets are available at the door and for reserved seating and for inquiries call Herman Soenario on 4093 9018.