Opera a real treat

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Laura Briggs

Opera in the Con­vent Gar­den proved to be a pop­u­lar event among Tatura res­i­dents.

More than 200 peo­ple filled the gar­den on Sun­day af­ter­noon when they were treated to a num­ber of per­for­mances from spe­cial guest singers from Opera Aus­tralia.

Kin­dred Spir­its’ event or­gan­iser Sue Mancini said she was thrilled to see the fundrais­ing event had drawn such a crowd.

‘‘Kin­dred Spir­its does an an­nual fundraiser, so this year we de­cided to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and I can see with the pop­u­lar­ity that it will be hap­pen­ing again,’’ she said.

Ms Mancini said the funds raised from the day would go to­wards sup­port­ing Tatura’s chil­dren in need.

‘‘We re­ally want to fund chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and make sure that they are not miss­ing out on the school camps and im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ she said.

Opera Aus­tralia’s Michael Lapin˜a said he was pleased to share his gift of singing with the peo­ple of Tatura.

‘‘My­self and the col­leagues that I’ve brought here withme fromOpera Aus­tralia, we have this lit­tle gift of ours— which is the singing voice— and we love shar­ing it with peo­ple, es­pe­cially in places like Tatura where it’s not of­ten that peo­ple get to the city and have a chance to hear opera on the grand scale, so we love bring­ing it out here and be­ing a part of sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.’’

Ms Mancini said it was a de­light to­haveMr Lapin˜awho was also ac­com­pa­nied by oth­ers from Opera Aus­tralia.

‘‘This year Michael has brought two supra­nos with him and four of his stu­dents, so we feel very priv­i­leged to have that cal­i­bre of singing in Tatura,’’ she said.

In­ti­mate gath­er­ing: Opera Aus­tralia’s Michael Lapin˜a singing.

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