Dazzling soprano Amelia Farrugia stars in a celebration of great Australian divas, taking the audience on a journey through the lives and careers of June Bronhill and Dame Joan Sutherland.
DIVA showcases the repertoire that made Bronhill and Sutherland household names in Australia and brought them acclaim internationally. With musical direction from the piano by Piano Tamara-Anna Cislowska, the concert features the Acacia Quartet and original compositions by Elena Kats-Chernin.
Compere Guy Noble has created a script that narrates the stories of their lives and careers as Amelia performs popular songs and arias from opera, operetta and music theatre including Faust, La Traviata, La Rondine, Manon, The Merry Widow, Orpheus in the Underworld and The Sound of Music. Amelia will also perform the famous aria that Sutherland and Bronhill both sang at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Since making her professional debut in Buddy the Musical in 1990, Amelia Farrugia has had a highly successful and varied Australian and international career in opera, music theatre, symphonic repertoire, recital, recording, television, corporate events and mass outdoor events, including the Final Mass at World Youth Day for Pope Benedict XXI.
Amelia’s debut album Joie de Vivre! was released on the Decca label, their very first solo Australian recording artist since Dame Joan Sutherland in 1959. Amelia’s performing career has taken her all over the world, including Glyndebourne Festival UK, China, Hong Kong, Malta, Florence and Spoleto and The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Tickets: Standard $65-$90; Concession $55-$65; Groups (6+) $55-$63; Under 30 $45; City Recital Hall Member $55-$76 (Fees per transaction: phone $8, online $6)
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