Gifted op­er­atic singer Julia All­sop will de­liver a hearty Ital­ian feast for the senses when she per­forms at Mavis’s Kitchens on Satur­day

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - SALLY COATES

Cel­e­brate Ital­ian Repub­lic Day with an op­er­atic per­for­mance at Mavis’s pic­turesque Uki prop­erty this Satur­day. The ta­lent, Julia All­sop, was found as many of the best things are, by happy ac­ci­dent.

“We met her here at the restau­rant one Sun­day while she was vis­it­ing from Mel­bourne and lunch­ing with fam­ily,” Mavis’s mar­ket­ing man­ager Kristal Smith says.

“At this stage, an Ital­ian opera in June was just an ex­cit­ing idea with no idea of its vi­a­bil­ity. To be frank, I was won­der­ing to my­self, ‘oh gosh, how will I pull this one off?’

“But there she was, singing to us un­der the tree with such trained vo­cal power that she gave us goose­bumps and ul­ti­mately the gig­gles at re­al­is­ing we had found ‘the one’.”

As it would turn out, Julia has an im­pres­sive re­sume.

She per­forms an ex­ten­sive range of clas­si­cal and opera and holds a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium, Grif­fith Univer­sity, ma­jor­ing in Clas­si­cal Voice. At the time she was the only pupil ad­mit­ted un­der a schol­ar­ship pro­gram – the Young Con­ser­va­to­rium Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram.

Julia is cur­rently listed as one of the soloists for the Mel­bourne Sym­phony Orches­tra Con­cert Se­ries.

Prior to this, she sung in the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium Con­cert Se­ries at QPAC and has fea­tured in many lead roles at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast pro­duc­tions.

She per­forms reg­u­larly across Aus­tralia and over­seas in con­junc­tion with Mel­bourne Univer­sity Cho­ral so­ci­ety and the Royal Mel­bourne Phil­har­monic choir tour­ing con­certs un­der the di­rec­tion of award-win­ning con­duc­tor An­drew Wailes.

Bot­tom line is that, for one long-table feast, an op­er­atic ta­lent of more than 20 years will per­form up-close-and­per­sonal at Mavis’s. There’ll be an Ital­ian menu to match.

“A ma­jor pro­pel­lant in this event com­ing to life has been the vi­va­cious Vene­tian/Ital­ian man­agers and chefs we have work­ing here at Mavis’s,” Kristal says.

“De­sign­ing this event has been a lovely au­then­tic process, as if cre­at­ing a big loud Ital­ian fam­ily gath­er­ing.” Ital­ian Opera by the Lake this Satur­day at Mavis’s Kitchens and Cab­ins. Tick­ets $95 plus book­ing fee. Call 02 6679 5664.

Julia All­sop per­forms reg­u­larly across Aus­tralia and over­seas and is headed to Mavis's Kitchens and Cab­ins on Satur­day.

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