‘Mes­siah’ of­fers a rare treat

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

THIS week­end Ma­reeba res­i­dents will have the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the true mean­ing be­hind Christ­mas with a one­off choral per­for­mance.

Han­del’s Mes­siah will be per­formed by The Trop­i­cal Queens­land Ora­to­rio So­ci­ety and is a tra­di­tional Christ­mas work of mu­sic for voice and orches­tra heard around the world each year.

It tells the story of the birth of Christ and will show­case a range of vo­cal soloists.

This per­for­mance fea­tures singers from around the re­gion in­clud­ing so­prano Pe­tah Caval­laro-Chap­man, and alto Fon­tini Von Gun­ten.

The pro­duc­tion will be con­ducted by world-renowned opera singer Al­teouise De Vaughn.

Singer Pe­tah Caval­laroChap­man was born on the Tablelands and grew up mak- ing mu­sic with her fam­ily.

She will be one of the lead vo­cal­ists in the pro­duc­tion of Mes­siah this Sun­day.

In 2014 she per­formed in the Dame Joan Suther­land Vo­cal Com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived the Mar­greta Elkins Award. This be­gan her jour­ney study­ing opera and language at an in­ter­na­tional level.

She has also worked with coaches from Covent Gar­den and The Metropoli­tan Opera and re­cently she re­turned from study­ing in Italy.

She has per­formed as soloist with the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra in the Mu­sic on Sun­days con­cert se­ries Mighty Im­pe­rial Rus­sia and Mu­sic from Stage and Screen.

The per­for­mance was con­ducted in Port Dou­glas last week to a full house and will be at the St Thomas of Vil­lanova Church this Sun­day De­cem­ber 10 at 3pm. En­try into the per­for­mance is by donation.

Pic­ture: Caitlin Good­hew

The Trop­i­cal Queens­land Ora­to­rio So­ci­ety will be per­form­ing in Ma­reeba this Sun­day at the St Thomas of Vil­lanova Church for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

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