Prima donna home­com­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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