2011 Program



2011 Program
“A night of magic under the stars”
Opera North West Ltd is
proudly sponsored by:
With thanks to the Hon Richard Torbay, Speaker
of the NSW Parliament, member for the Nor thern
Tablelands, for his ongoing suppor t.
Government Partners
With Special Thanks and Acknowledgements:
Opera Australia
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director
Ian McCahon, Artistic Administrator
Peter Alexander & Jennifer Fung, OA Library
Lyn Heal, Head of Wardrobe OA
Friends of Paddock Opera
Inverell RSM & FOPO for assistance
with catering for artists
Performance Partner
Inverell Chamber of Commerce
for their support of the fireworks
Inverell SES
St John’s Ambulance, Inverell
The Armidale School
Silver Sponsors
Australian Wool and Pastoral Agency
Coates Hire Moree
The Sapphire Concert Band
Lee Evans & Geoff Croft
NECOM & NECOM Inverell
Media Partner
Donations to Opera North West Fund for
$250 and over
With sincere thanks to
Dawn Slaughter and Jim Slaughter DFC
Local Government
Julie Hammer AM CSC and David Dunlop CSC
And to all those who have given of their time
in so many ways.
Upcoming Events
Next Years Opera end of March (watch the website)
Bronze Sponsors
Future Opera North West Dates for 2011
• May 8 Serenade Mother’s Day Uniting Church Armidale
• August 7 Celestial Sounds Christchurch Cathedral, Grafton
• September 15 Viva Opera!
Tenterfield Sir Henry Parkes Museum (TBC)
• September 17 Viva Opera!
Capitol Theatre,Tamworth
• October 15 Viva Opera! New Italy (TBC)
• October 16 Viva Opera! Anglican Church, Murwillumbah
For details contact [email protected]
Supported by Arts NSW & Essential Energy
Opera North West Ltd celebrates the tenth production of...
“A night of magic under the stars”
Opera North West Ltd proudly presents the tenth production of Opera in the Paddock.
Opera North West Ltd is a non profit company with Deductible Gift Recipient Status.
All donations are Tax Deductible. We wish to thank donations from benefactors whose
contributions have assisted with this evening’s performance.
the performers
Peta Blyth OAM
Annabelle Chaffey
Elizabeth Campbell
Mezza Soprano
Peta Blyth studied at the University of
Queensland graduating with a First Class
Honours degree in Music. She was awarded
the Sir Henry Abel Smith Scholarship and
studied at the Royal College of Music,
London, completing the Royal College of
Music Opera Course.
Annabelle Chaffey graduated with High
Distinction from the Sydney
conservatorium of Music Opera School in
1998, winning the Bud Brown and Barbara
Edgarton Scholarships.
Inverell-born Elizabeth Campbell is one of
Australia’s most distinguished mezzo
sopranos. Her busy career encompasses
opera, concert and recital work. She has
performed leading roles for all Australian
opera companies, symphony orchestras and
major concert organisations, and her recital
repertoire spans all styles with a major
commitment to Australian compositions.
Returning to Australia, she performed with
the Australian Opera, making her principal
role debut in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis
directed by Graeme Murphy. Subsequent
roles with the Australian Opera included
Papagena in The Magic Flute, Sophie in
Werther, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro,
Chava in The Fiddler on the Roof, First Niece
in Peter Grimes and Jano in Jenufa.
Among her numerous understudies was
the title role of Marie in The Daughter of
the Regiment performed by Dame Joan
Sutherland. Peta has also performed with the
Lyric Opera of Queensland, in Hong Kong
and in New Zealand as Musin La Boheme.
As a concert artist, she has appeared as a
soloist with the Queensland Symphony and
Philharmonic Orchestras and the Seymour
Group in the title role of Sculthorpe’s
Eliza Fraser.
Peta combines a career of performing,
teaching, adjudicating, in addition to
organizing Opera in the Paddock and
extending the activities of Opera North
West. With pianist David Miller, Peta released
the CD Blyth Spirit on the Grevillea Label. In
2010, she was awarded an OAM in the
Queens’ Birthday Honours List for
contribution to the performing arts,
particularly opera.
She has performed the role of Pamina
with Pacific Opera and the roles of Helen
and Phaedra in Love of the Nightingale
for Western Australian Opera,
Queensland Opera and Victorian Opera.
Since joining Opera Australia, she has
performed many roles including Violetta
in La Traviata with Oz Opera, Papagena
Die Zauberflote, Gianetta L’elisir d’
amore, Barena: Jenufa, Peep-Bo: The
Mikado, Fiametta: The Gondoliers, English
Lady/Newspaper Seller: Death in Venice,
Orphan: Der Rosenkavalier Novice: Suor
Angelica, Bridesmaid: Der Frieschütz, Girl:
Lulu, Fiametta:The Gondoliers, Soprano
Solo: Chichester Psalms, Fiametta: The
Gondoliers.2011 will sing Helen/Phaedra:
Love of the Nightingale, Peep-Bo: The
Mikado. She has appeared as the soprano
soloist in the Messiah, Beethoven Ninth,
Fauré Requiem, Exultate Jubilate and in
concerts and recitals for Opera Australia,
Opera Friends, The Opera Foundation,
ABC Classic FM and the Beethoven
Society. Most recently, she performed in
concerts with James Morrison in Sydney
and Melbourne and performed in Opera
in the Arboretum at Pearl Beach. With
Oz Opera she revisits the role of Violetta
and the roles in The Mikado and Love of
the Nightingale.
Elizabeth graduated from the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music and furthered her
studies in London and Europe after winning
The Australian Music Foundation in London
award. She won the Elly Ameling Lieder Prize
in the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Singing Competion,
represented Australia in the Cardiff Singer of
the World Competition, performed Messiah
at the Royal Opera House and toured USA
with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Elizabeth has also been the recipient of the
Bayreuth Scholarship, and won a Helpmann
Award and two Green Room Awards.
She has performed major roles in operas
including Carmen, Xerxes, La Clemenza
di Tito, Les Troyens,Werther, Il Trovatore,
Madama Butterfly, Lulu, L’incoronazione
di Poppea, Hansel and Gretel, Capriccio,
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Batavia ,
Dead Man Walking and the Ring Cycle. 2010
saw Elizabeth performing major roles in
Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Sonnambula,
Aida and Peter Grimes in Sydney, Perth,
Melbourne and Adelaide. Future engagements
include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the
Australian World Orchestra in Sydney, a
recital of Liszt songs for the Woodend
Festival, Richard Mills’s Love of the Nightingale
for Opera Australia and Das Rheingold for the
Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
Recordings include Koehne’s Three Poems of
Byron, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony , Beethoven’s
9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, SOSA’s
Ring Cycle, Banquo’s Buried, Woman’s Song
and Elgar’s Sea Pictures as well as Waltz of
My Heart with her husband, tenor Thomas
David Corcoran*
Virgilio Marino
Shaun Brown
Melbourne-born David Corcoran studied
psychology at Deakin University before
commencing singing studies with John
Lander. He then moved to Sydney to
undertake the Diploma of Opera at the
Sydney Conservatorium of Music with
Dr Rowena Cowley. David is the recipient
of numerous awards including Opera
Foundation Australia’s 2006 Italian Opera
Award, and the prestigious 2007 McDonald’s
Performing Arts Challenge Operatic
Aria Award.
Australian/Italian tenor Virgilio Marino
studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music. He was a Quarter Finalist in the New
York Metropolitan Opera Award (2000) and
Semi-Finalist in the Concorso Riccardo
Zandonai, Riva, Italy (2003).Virgilio’s
performances overseas include Il Duca di
Mantua in Rigoletto and the title role in
Oberon at Theater Regensburg, Germany,
Fenton in Falstaff and Prunier in La Rondine
whilst on scholarship at Mannes College of
Music, New York, and Rossini’s Petite Messe
Solennelle in Milan.
Shaun Brown has a Bachelor of Education
and Graduate Diplomas in Opera and Vocal
Performance from the Queensland
Conservatorium of Music, where he studied
with eminent voice teacher Joseph Ward
O.B.E. A recipient of one of the inaugural
Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowships,
Shaun travelled to Europe for further studies.
He was awarded the 1999 Italian Opera
Award and was winner of the Dame Joan
Sutherland Vocal Competition, a finalist in
the Metropolitan Opera Awards, the
German Opera Award and the Herald Sun
Aria. In 2005 on winning the GermanAustralian Liederfest, he returned to sing
in concerts in Germany.
David has been with Opera Australia since
2005, firstly as a member of the chorus, then
as a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould
Young Artist Program. He is now a Principal
tenor with the company. His roles at OA
have included small roles in La traviata, Il
tabarro, La bohème,The Pilgrim’s Progress as
well as Pinkerton in OzOpera’s Madama
Butterfly, Zinovy Ismailov in Lady Macbeth
of Mtsensk, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, David
in Brett Dean’s Bliss in Sydney, Melbourne
and at the Edinburgh Festival, Nick in La
Fanciulla del West, and Borsa and the Duke
in Rigoletto.
2011 engagements for OA include Pinkerton
in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme
and Captain/Hippolytus/Narrator in The Love
of the Nightingale.
David’s concert engagements include the
“Twilight at Taronga” series, “Classical
Spectacular” for the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation and Messiah for
Sydney Philharmonia. He is regular guest
artist at the Sydney Opera House in High
Tea and A taste of Opera. David recently
sang England’s National Anthem at the 4th
and 5th Ashes Series Cricket Tests and
several One Day International matches.
*By courtesy of Opera Australia
In 2006,Virgilio relocated to Brisbane and
joined Opera Queensland’s Young Artist
Program. His performances with the
company have since included Pong in
Turandot, Monostatos and First Armed Man
in The Magic Flute, Gastone in La traviata,
Borsa and the Duke in Rigoletto, Jaquino in
Fidelio, Njegus in The Merry Widow and
Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
He has appeared with State Opera of South
Australia as Harry in La Fanciulla del West,
and as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for
Southern Opera, New Zealand.Concert
engagements include Opera at Brookfield
and The Marriage of Figaro for Brisbane
Festival, Opera in the Vineyard, Stanthorpe,
the Myer Music Bowl Verdi concert, La
Fanciulla del West, Beethoven’s 9th, Enescu’s
Vox Maris and Verdi’s Requiem with
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney
Philharmonia, Howard Boucher Dead Man
Walking in Sydney and the New Years Eve
Gala with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.In
2011 Virgilio performs Harry in La Fanciulla
del West, Ferrando in Così fan Tutte and
Spoletta in Tosca for Opera Queensland.
Andreas Homoki, Pet Halmen, and
Grisha Asagaroff.
Technical Credit
Roy Jeffery – Lighting Worked for the ABC for thirty seven years, for the last twenty eight
years, between 1970 – 1998 as a Lighting Director. During this time, he lit at least 100 concerts,
televising the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Town Hall and the Sydney Opera
House. He was lighting director for the first opera at the Sydney Opera House, War and Peace.
He lit at least ten operas from the Sydney Opera House, including Daughter of the Regiment
and Hansel and Gretel.
Shaun has sung numerous roles for
Opera Queensland including Dancairo
and Morales in Carmen, Masetto in Don
Giovanni, Schaunard in La Boheme and
Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, Riff in West
Side Story for the Brisbane Riverfestival.
in Sweeney Todd, Antonio in Le Nozze di
Figaro, Count Paris in Romeo et Juliette,
Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus. 2008 saw
Shaun appear in the New Zealand
International Arts in Opera de Lyon’s
production of Kurt Weils, The Flight of
Lindbergh and Miracle in Brisbane for
the Brisbane Festival.
2009 saw Shaun take up the position
of Vocal Lecturer at the University
of Queensland and Vocal Director for
Sounds Thinking Australia Summer School.
Shaun continues to be in demand both as
an adjudicator in both choral and vocal
eisteddfods and is a regular concert artist
throughout Australia. In 2011 Shaun will
perform roles in Cosi fan tutte and La
Fanciulla del West for Opera Queensland.
the performers
David Hibbard Bass
David Miller AM Pianist
Timothy Sexton Conductor
David Hibbard graduated from the
Queensland Conservatorium of Music in
1981. A contract with the English National
Opera saw him as a principal artist in Die
Meistersinger, Julius Caesar and Rossini’s
Moses in Egypt and Simon Boccanegra for
the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
David Miller is widely recognized as one of
Australia’s leading chamber vocal musicians
and vocal accompanists. The Sydney morning
Herald has described him as “the role model
of Australian accompanists” and in the
Queen’s Birthday 1995 Honours list he was
appointed as a member of the order of
Australia for his service to music.
As a freelance composer, conductor, arranger,
singer, writer, adjudicator and broadcaster,
Timothy Sexton is one of the most
prominent musicians in South Australia.
In 1992, he was appointed First Bass with the
Bremen Stadts Theater where he performed
Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Padre Guardiano
in La Forza del Destino, Sparafucile, Baron
Ochs, Prince Gremin, Colline and Alvise
Badoero in La Gioconda.
Since returning to Australia in 1994, David
Hibbard has appeared with all the leading
opera companies and concert organsiations:
for Opera Queensland - in The Marriage of
Figaro,The Barber of Seville, Madama
Butterfly and Romeo et Juliette; for State
Opera of South Australia - Rigoletto, Dead
Man Walking, Un Ballo in Maschera,The
Marriage of Figaro and Der Ring des
Nibelungen; for Opera Australia - Don Carlo
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has
performed in concert with Victorian Opera,
the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the
Queensland Music Festival and sang Verdi’s
Requiem with Stanford University Symphony
Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney. In 2010, David Hibbard sang Ramphis (Aida)
for State Opera of South Australia and
Brander (The Damnation of Faust) for
Victorian Opera. He returns to Opera
Queensland in 2011 for appearances in La
Fanciulla del West and Tosca and will sing the
bass solos in Messiah for the Queensland
Symphony Orchestra.
His distinguished career has included
partnerships with many internationally
renowned singers and instrumentalists.
He has also been involved with a number
of chamber ensembles including The
Huntington Trio, the contemporary music
ensemble Flederman, The Song Company,
The Australia Ensemble, Ensemble 24 and
The Canberra Wind Soloists and is a
founding member of the innovative, highly
acclaimed Grevillea Ensemble.
His performing schedule has taken him to
the United Kingdom, New Zealand,
Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudia Arabia, New
Caledonia, Korea,Vanuatu and Vietnam, as
well as through most parts of Australia. He
works regularly for the ABC and Musica Viva
and records for Walsingham Classics, Tall
Poppies,Vox Australis, 2 MBS - FM and ABC
Classics. David is head of Ensemble Studies
at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
He has performed in all ten performances
of Opera in the Paddock.
Technical Credit
Martin Hansford – Audio Engineer Martin has been working for over 20 years for a wide
range of music and events from small venues, large concert halls to outdoor shows. He has had
a strong foundation of experience and polishing of his skills while working at the Sydney Opera
House where he was based for almost 10 years working for the Australian Opera and Ballet
Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Dance Company. He has worked mixing the
orchestras for touring musical productions for the Gordon Frost Company around Australia
and touring productions to Hong Kong in addition to events such as Womadalaide World Music
Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals. For a number of years, Martin has chosen to
base himself in rural Australia away from the traditional entertainment hubs (but close to the
famous Bingara Roxy theatre) from where he runs the business “Wombat Tracks” which
specializes in quality live audio production and recording and provides appropriate quality
audio for good music of all kinds.
Timothy has composed more than
200 works, ranging from opera through
children’s theatre to choral works,and has
worked with most of SA’s leading performig
arts companies. He has sung in more than
30 productions for the State Opera of South
Australia and conducting credits for that
companyinclude Don Pasquale, The Mikado,
Riders to the Sea, Mavra, Treemonisha,
Mahagonny Songspiel, The Turn of the Screw,
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and Einstein on the
beach, SweeneyTodd, Elena Kats-Chernin’s
Undertow (with which he toured Hungary
and Finland in August2005), The Station,
Bastien and Bastienne, La Voix Humaine and
the critically acclaimedproduction of Glass’s
Satyagraha in February of this year with the
Adelaide Vocal Project andLeigh Warren and
Dancers. He was Associate Chorus Master
for Wagner’s Gotterdammerung for the
2003 Perth Festival and Chorus Master and
a Rehearsal Conductor for the 2004 Ring
Cycle staged in Adelaide. Orchestral
conducting credits include performances
with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra,
The Queensland Orchestra and the
Auckland Philharmonia.
In late 2001Timothy founded the Adelaide
Art Orchestra and with them has performed
with such Australian music luminaries as
Glenn Shorrock, Anthony Warlow, Judi
Connelli, David Hobson, Rob Guest,Marina
Prior and Julie Anthony. He is a two-time
recipient of the Henry Krips Memorial
Conducting Scholarship and in 2003 was
awarded a Centenary Medal for Services
to Music. Most recently Timothy has been
named 2009 South Australian of the Year
in the Arts.
Celebration OF
THE Art Song
Friday 18 March Inverell Town Hall 6.15pm
When Sweet Ann Sings None but the Lonely Heart
Zueignung (Dedication)
Spring Waters Op 14 No 11
(Rose) – ––––––––––––––––––––––––– HEAD
(Goethe) ––––––––––––––––– TCHAIKOVSKY
(von Gilm) – ––––––––––––––––––– STRAUSS
(Tioutchev) ––––––––––––– RACHMANINOV
David Corcoran*
Belsazar (Belshazar) Op 57 Der Spielmann (The Fiddler) Op 40 No 4
(Heine) –––––––––––––––––––– SCHUMANN
(Chamisso) ––––––––––––––––– SCHUMANN
Shaun Brown
Wiegenlied (Lullaby) Op 41 no 1
Amor Op 68 No 5
(Dehmel) ––––––––––––––––––––– STRAUSS
(Brentano) –––––––––––––––––––– STRAUSS
Peta Blyth
Collection de Tonadillas
La Maja dolorosa 1 & 2
–––––––––––––––––––––––––– GRANADOS
El tra la la y el punteado
El majo discreto
Elizabeth Campbell
Le Bestaire (The Book of Beasts)
Le dromadaire La chèvre du Thibet
(Appollinaire) –––––––––––––––– POUL ENC
La sauterelle Le dauphin L’écrevisse La carpe
David Hibbard
Dicitincello vuie Musica proibita
My love is like a red, red rose
(Sal da Vinci) ––––––––––––––––––––– FUSCO
(Flick Flock) – –––––––––––––– GASTALDON
(Robert Burns) –––––––––––––––––––– TRAD.
Virgilio Marino
Air de Lia from L’enfant prodigue
Morgen (Morning)
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DEBUSSY
(Mackay) ––––––––––––––––––––– STRAUSS
Annabelle Chaffey*
Selections from Liebeslieder Walzer Op.52 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BRAHMS
Peta, Elizabeth, Shaun & Virgilio
David Miller AM – piano
*By courtesy of Opera Australia
the p
SATURDAY 19 March “Mimosa” Delungra
Selections from La Fille du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) –––––––––––– DONIZETTI
Chacun le sait (Marie)
Quoi! vous m’aimez (Marie & Tonio) Peta & Virgilio ––––––––––––––––––––––
Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! ( Tonio)
Virgilio – ––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Tous les trios réunis (Marie, Tonio & Suplice) Peta,Virgilio & Shaun
Oh, mio Fernando La Favorita (Leonora) Elizabeth ––––––––––––––– DONIZETTI
Vi ravviso La Sonnambula (Count Rodolfo)
David H––––––––––––––––––– BELLINI
From Rigoletto Questo a quella (Duke)
Signore principe (Gilda & The Duke) Caro Nome (Gilda)
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––– VERDI
David C
Annabelle & David C
Mira, o Norma Norma (Adalgisa & Norma)
Elizabeth & Peta –––––––––––– BELLINI
Cheti, cheti immantinente Don Pasquale (Pasquale & Malatesta)
Shaun & David – ––––––––– DONIZETTI
Alerte! Faust
(Méphistophélès, Marguerite & Faust)
David H, Peta & David C – –– GOUNOD
Finale Act 11 Le Nozze di Figaro Voi signor
Tutti & Tim ––––––––––––––– MOZART
Carmen Suite No 1 Les Toreador –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BIZET
Habanera Carmen (Carmen)
Elizabeth –––––––––––––––––––– BIZET
Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso La Rondine
David C, Peta, ––––––––––––– PUCCINI
Annabelle & Virgilio
Per me giunto Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
Shaun – ––––––––––––––––––––– VERDI
Che gelida la manina La Boheme (Rodolfo)
David C –––––––––––––––––– PUCCINI
Glitter and be Gay Candide (Cunegonde)
Annabelle –––––––––––––– BERNSTEIN
Send in the Clowns A Little Light Music (Desiree) Elizabeth ––––––––––––––– SONDHEIM
Somewhere Westside Story (Maria & Tony)
David & Annabelle – –––––– BERNSTEIN
You never walk alone Carousel (Nettie) Elizabeth & Tutti –––––––– RODGERS &
Yidaki solo* – ––––––––– HAMMERSTEIN
Ben Lange
Ol’ Man River Showboat (Joe)
Women! Women! Women! The Merry Widow
Shaun, David C, –––––––––––––– LEHAR
David H & Virgilio
Dunkelrote Rosen Gasparone
Shaun – ––––––––––––––– MILLÖCKER
Champagne Song & Brüderlein, Brüderlein & Schwesterlein – ––––––––– J STRAUSS
Die Fledermaus Tutti––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Finale Act 4 Le Nozze di Figaro Gente, gente Tutti & Tim ––––––––––––––– MOZART
*With acknowledgment to the traditional owners, the Kamilaroi People
With thanks to Tim Sexton for arranging much of tonight’s music.
sa orchestra
Theo Lasaroff (1st violin & leader) was born
in Northern Ireland, but lived from an early age in
London, where his father, a professional violinist gave
him his first lessons. In his early teens he gained a
scholarship to study with well know Czech émigré,
Jan Sedivka, commencing a friendship that was to
last a lifetime.
As well as a performing as a soloist and freelance
orchestral musician, he became leader of the highly
regarded Sedivka Chamber Orchestra. At nineteen,
he was accepted into the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra, a position he held for twelve years, before
venturing with his violinist wife on a “two or three
year” adventure to Australia, where he was
immediately accepted into the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra. In 1976 Theo became the highly respected
Concertmaster of the QSO, a position he held until his
retirement from fulltime playing in the mid nineties.
He has continued his love of chamber music, leading
the Queensland String Quartet, forming the Lasaroff
Quartet and as well as being appointed leader of the
University of Queensland Sinfonietta.
David Matthews (1st violin) The Medici String
Quartet was formed at London’s Royal Academy of
Music and David was a founder member of this
internationally acclaimed ensemble, with whom he
played 2nd violin for the next twenty years.The
quartet performed in over thirty countries. As well as
countless radio broadcasts, they also appeared on TV
and film and their numerous recordings for EMI and
Nimbus culminated in their highly acclaimed
Beethoven cycle for Nimbus.
After emigrating to Australia he played for the West
Australian Symphony Orchestra before taking up the
position of Lecturer in Violin at the University of
Queensland.There followed three years of freelance
playing and teaching in Auckland including leading the
Auckland Sinfonietta, before returning to Australia as
Concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra
and violin tutor at the Northern Territory University.
He was later Head of Strings at Orange Regional
Conservatorium and Principal 1st Violin of the
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.With his wife,
Sarah, David shares the position of coordinator
of NECOM Inverell and also teaches strings for
NECOM in the New England.
Tiffany Shih (1st violin) began her musical
training at five, learning piano and violin the
following year. She has attended the Queensland
Conservatorium, Griffith University in Australia where
she completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance
with Honours in December 2008. She has performed
regularly as a member of the Australian Youth
Symphony and toured to Europe in 2008 with the
Queensland Youth Symphony. In 2009 she received
a Graduate Assistantship to study with Dr. Gregory
Lee at the Oklahoma University in the United States.
As a Graduate Assistant, she was a member of the
Graduate String Quartet.While in the United States,
she participated in both the Killington Music Festival
and the Aspen Music Festival participating in
masterclasses with faculties of Boston Conservatory,
Julliard, Mannes School of Music and the Cleveland
Institute of Music.
Joan Farrow-Lasaroff (2nd violin) was born
in Lancashire, spending her early years singing and
dancing to the accompaniment of her pianist mother,
later commencing violin classes at high school. She
was awarded a scholarship to study at the Northern
School of Music Manchester under Reginald Stead,
leader of the BBC Northern Orchestra (now BBC
Philharmonic) and later with Leonard Hirsch. She
played in various youth orchestras, the last one being
the National Youth Orchestra of Gt.Britain, where she
played great music with great conductors as well as
performing in exciting places. She gained enormous
experience working in the St. Annes on Sea Pier
Orchestra (N.W. England) for two summer seasons,
each lasting for five months - two concerts daily,
except for Sundays when there were three.
In 1954 she became a member of the Bournemouth
Symphony - leaving with husband Theo eight years
later to arrive in Brisbane just three months before
Alison, the first of their three violinist-to-be daughters
was born. Joan joined the Queensland Symphony
where she was to spend thirty happy years.
studies with cellist Derek Simpson of the Aeolian
String Quartet and Leonard Stehn at the London
Guildhall School of Music, after achieving Diploma
in Orchestral Studies from the University of London’s
Goldsmiths College.
Julie Fawcett (2nd violin) began learning the violin
Ken Poggoli (double bass) is a full time bass
player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
His early years were spent on the family farm near
Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands and at boarding
school in Charters Towers. Ken came to Brisbane
in 1972 to study Architecture but after four years
decided to pursue music. Freelancing in Brisbane
and a year in the ABC National Training Orchestra
in Sydney was followed by study in London with
Adrian Beers of the English Chamber Orchestra.
Ken graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium
of Music in 1984 .He then spent a year in France
studying with renowned Syrian/ French virtuoso
Francois Rabbath.
at the age of eight in South Australia with Anita
Larsen. She studied at the Canberra School of Music
with Charmain Gadd, where she completed her
B.Mus performance. Julie has played as an orchestral
violinist with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the
Tasmanian Symphony, the Australian Chamber
Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet
Orchestras. In 2000 she married a farmer and made
the big move to Narrabri, where together with her
husband and two children, she has become a valued
member of the community as director of an adult
choir & teacher of violin.
Sofia Debus (viola) completed her tertiary
studies in Switzerland and England, gaining a
Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Lucerne
Conservatorium and an Advanced Certificate in
Music Performance and Communication Skills from
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
In 1996 she performed with the Welsh National
Opera Orchestra in Cardiff,Wales.
Returning to Australia, Sofia completed a Bachelor
of Education from Flinders University and was a
classroom teacher for five years in Darwin. Sofia has
taught violin and viola at Tamworth Conservatorium,
established the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, re-established
the Sinfonia Community Orchestra, and was
Conductor for the Tamworth Youth String Orchestra.
Sofia recently gained Suzuki Teacher Certification
for both violin and cello through the Suzuki Talent
Education Association (NSW) Inc. She performs
regularly for Opera North West, with the Vivace
String Trio and at the New England Bach Festival.
Eleanor Streatfeild (cello) graduated from the
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor
of Music. She has performed in many orchestras and
ensembles, also tutoring cello privately. She has held
the position of Principal Cellist with numerous
orchestras including the Melbourne Youth Orchestra,
Melbourne Opera, Hunter Strings and Symphonia,
also performing for six years with the Intermezzo
Strings Quartet. She was Continuo cellist with Ros
Halton for Hunter Opera’s adaptation of Mozart’s
Don Giovanni. Eleanor has participated in several
Australian Youth Orchestra camps and tours, including
the AYO tour of Europe in 2010. Since 2008 Eleanor
has been as staff member of NECOM. In 2009
completed a highly successful regional concert tour
with Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray. Eleanor
also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics.
Sarah Matthews (cello) was awarded BA
Honours in Music Education from Kingston University
in 1987 where she studied cello with Anthony Lewis
of the Medici String Quartet. She continued her cello
She emigrated to Australia in 1992 and played
with the West Australian Symphony and Queensland
Symphony Orchestra s. She was Principal Cellist of
the Darwin Symphony Orchestra as well as cellist
of the Orion Piano Trio. Sarah was later a member
of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New
Zealand and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
With her husband David, Sarah shares the position
of coordinator of NECOM Inverell, also teaching cello
in the New England region.
Ken has played and recorded with various chamber
groups and performed with The Orquesta Sinfónica
de Tenerife in Spain. He taught bass at the QCM
from 1987 to 1999 and is a regular teacher
and performer at the National Bass Workshops
in Adelaide, the Hawaii Contrebass Festival and
at the Washington DC Bass workshop at Georgetown
University USA.Ken’s hobby is collecting vintage Italian
English German and French bass instruments from
as far back as the 18th Century.
Nicholas Negerevich (flute) is a graduate
of the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Following
his graduation in 1972 he was appointed Lecturer
in Flute, a position he held until 1987. In 1975 he
was appointed Principal Piccolo and Flute with the
Elizabeth Theatre Trust Orchestra (now the Australian
Opera and Ballet Orchestra). His work in Sydney
included joint founder (with Karen North) of the
Sydney Sinfonia, joint founder of the Bennelong Trio,
numerous concerts and ensemble work with many
orchestras including the Sydney Symphony.
In 1988, Nick moved to Brisbane, where he
performed, composed, conducted and taught
at several major schools Nick now resides in
Armidale and is a member of the NECOM
staff. He examines for the AMEB and is an
eisteddfod adjudicator.
Wendy Champion (flute) was the inaugural
winner of the David Cubbin Memorial Scholarship
for a talented flautist to cover fees to complete
a four year Bachelor of music at the Australian
Institute of Music. She studied with Dr Danielle
Eden, Leonie Khoury and Lorna Nightingale.
Wendy has performed with the Penrith Symphony
and Sydney Youth Orchestras. She has a wide solo
repertoire and continues to perform, since moving
to Inverell to set up a teaching studio.Wendy is
now a fulltime staff member of NECOM, teaching
woodwind in Inverell and Warialda.
Li Ling (oboe) was born in Taiwan and at 15,
moved to Australia to study oboe at the Queensland
Conservatorium, transferring to the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music where she obtained her
Bachelor of Music in Performance. She received the
Griffith Award and was granted membership in the
Golden Key National Honour Society in recognition
of outstanding achievement and also achieving her
Master of Orchestral Music with distinction from the
Johannes Gutenberg University.
Li Ling has toured internationally and recorded with
many orchestras including the Kammerphilharmonie
Rhein-Main, the International Youth Orchestra
Academy in Germany and the Australian Youth
Orchestra. Li Ling was a member of the Sydney
Sinfonia and qualified as a casual oboe player of the
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has
taught oboe and bassoon at the Tamworth Regional
Conservatorium of Music. Li ling has just returned
from a year teaching oboe and piano at the FGS
Juin-e Buddhist School in Taiwan. She performs
regularly as an oboe recitalist and is also a proficient
piano accompanist.
David Martin (clarinet) was born at Ipswich,
Queensland.Though initially trained as a clarinettist,
David transferred his interest to bassoon. He studied
in Sydney with SSO principal bassoon John Cran,
auditioned, and was accepted in the new ABC Training
Orchestra. In 1967 he was appointed as second
bassoon in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
During this period he was also a member of the Aulos
Wind Quintet.Apart from performing the symphony
orchestra repertoire, the Orchestra played for the
Queensland Lyric Opera and Queensland Ballet.
On retiring from the QSO in 2001, after 33years of
service David returned to his first love, the clarinet,
which he has played for “Opera in the Paddock”.
Peter Musson (bassoon) was born in Auckland,
New Zealand and at the age of sixteen joined the
N.Z.B.C Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal
Bassoonist and a member of the New Zealand Wind
Quintet. Subsequently he worked as a free lance
player in London. Over the years Peter has held
Principal positions with several orchestras including
the Ulster Orchestra, the Durban Symphony
Orchestra, the Niederrhein Sinfoniker and the
Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has also
appeared as Guest Principal with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gurzenich Orchestra
of Cologne, the Australian Chamber Orchestra
and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
After many years with the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra, he joined the staff of the Queensland
Conservatorium, where he was Senior Lecturer in
Bassoon until 2002. As a very successful teacher,
Peter has numerous former students in professional
performing and teaching positions worldwide.
In addition to performing widely as a soloist and
as a member of chamber music ensembles, Peter
is well known as a commercial reed maker.
Armin Terzer (french horn) studied horn in Italy
and the Royal College of Music in London, after which
he was offered principal positions in China’s
Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Beijing Symphony
Orchestras.While in China he also performed with the
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, toured Europe
and Africa with GSO and recorded for EMI with BSO.
On moving to Brisbane to pursue a Master of Music
Studies degree at the Queensland Conservatorium,
Armin has since played as guest principal with the
Pops Orchestra, has held the principal horn position in
the Gold Coast Symphony Orchestra and is a regular
guest with the Queensland Orchestra. He has steadily
been working on arrangements for various sizes of
horn ensembles, an interest that has led to an
offer from the Conservatorium to undertake a Doctor
of Musical Arts in this field in 2008. Besides his
horn-related activities Armin is an honour graduate
zof the Audio Institute of America in recording
engineering and music production, and is also studying
for a Mathematics and Economics degree at the
London School of Economics.
Lisa Malyusc (french horn) Lisa’s first musical
encounters at age eight with tenor horn were
influenced by the wonderful brass band playing
tradition in England. After emigrating to Adelaide
she took up French horn and was accepted into
the special music program at Brighton High School.
After completing a Diploma of performance with
distinction at the Sydney conservatorium, Lisa travelled
to Europe. She received a Bachelor of Music at the
University of Arts in Graz and after being awarded
an Erasmus scholarship, specialised in natural horn
and early music at the Royal Conservatory in the
Hague, Holland. Basing herself for several years in
Vienna, she headed the brass department at Winden
- am – see Music School and freelanced with various
major European Orchestras. In 2008 she was
appointed tutti horn with the Thessaloniki State
Orchestra.With her husband, Gergely, she has
recently returned to much missed Australia to take
up the joint position of brass tutor at the NECOM.
Lindon Weise (trumpet) is an active freelance
performer and teacher, holding a B.Mus (Hons)
from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music
and University of Southern Queensland. He performs
regularly with the Queensland Orchestra, Queensland
Pops Orchestra and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s.
Lindon is actively involved in community music-making,
performing with Australia’s premiere brass band
Brisbane Excelsior, the Brisbane Symphony and
Philharmonic Orchestras, and pit orchestras for shows,
most memorably West Side Story, Les Miserables,
Jesus Christ Superstar and the Pirates of Penzance..
As a conductor, Lindon has directed the Windsor Brass
and South Brisbane Federal Band, leading the
Ignatian’s Musical Society in a season of West Side
Story. Lindon has held various teaching positions,
including posts at USQ (Toowoomba) and private
schools in and around Brisbane, and has often tutored
cornet at the Queensland State Youth Band’s annual
camp. International experience includes tours to
Singapore and Malaysia, Hong Kong, England, New
Zealand, and throughout Australia.
David Brown (trombone) began playing the
trombone as a student of Warragul Technical School,
later winning many major band competitions.Whilst
studying at the Victorian College of the Arts, he also
joined the Globe Opera Company, Melbourne
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Roger Clark Band and
the 2nd /15th Field Regiment. David later became
an instrumental music teacher with the Victorian
Education Department and was appointed Head
of Brass and Percussion. He was Music Director
of Senior Concert and Stage Bands at Bainbridge
College, Hamilton. For 12years, he also held the
position of Musical Director of the Hamilton City
Band. On moving to Armidale in 2000, he now
teaches at several schools in Armidale and Warialda.
David is a casual member of the UNE staff and
Music Director of the Armidale City Band.
Wang Yu Yan (percussion) studied at the
Shanghai Conservatory of Music and was the
youngest artist to be offered the position of principal
timpani in the Shanghai Youth Orchestra. Upon
graduating with first class honours,Wang Yan joined
the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, touring with
them to Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.Wang Yan
briefly held the position of principal timpani and
percussion in the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra
before coming to Australia to undertake a Master
of Music Studies degree at the Queensland
Conservatorium Griffith University. In 2008 she was
offered a place in the innovative Doctor of Musical
Arts degree at the Conservatorium.Wang Yan holds
the principal timpani and percussion position with the
Gold Coast Symphony Orchestra, and works regularly
with The Queensland Orchestra as guest principal
timpani and percussionist.
Daniel Bale (percussion) completed his HSC
in 2010. He plays percussion with the Armidale
City Band, Armidale Youth Orchestra and Symphony
Orchestra. Daniel has also played in numerous
musicals in Armidale.
Ben Lange (yidaki) was born in Melbourne and
grew up in Cairns. Ben’s aboriginal name is Milliwurra
Niarrungi of the Marra people, south of the Roper
River mouth, on the east coast of the Northern
Territory in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He picked up
playing the yidaki (or didgeridoo) in his teenage years.
After attending high school in Cairns, he then
attended University of New South Wales under
an industry co-operative scholarship and followed by
a cadetship with the NSW Department of Energy in
Electrical Engineering in 2004. Overwhelmingly, Ben
was the first Indigenous Electrical Engineer in
Australia and the first indigeneous Engineering
student to graduate from UNSW.While at UNSW
he participated in Research and analysing the
acoustical properties of the Yidaki in UNSW’s Acoustic
Laboratory. Ben is currently working as a project
engineer for Energex Australia. He is committed to
act as a mentor to young indigenous students who
are currently considering engineering as a profession
in the future.
Assistant Sound & Lighting
Luke Oppenheimer
Production/Stage Management
Andrew Sharp
Rosemary Mort
Program Design
Creative Plantation
Stage Flowers
Bunny Smith
Bec O’Neill, Smooth Room
Sophie Blyth, Robyn Brooks & Kelly Blyth
Special Effects
Khaled Maarbani Illawarra Fireworks
& Pyrotechnics LX Design House
Bill Blyth & Peta Blyth OAM
Opera in the Paddock celebrates its tenth year of
bringing you wonderful music. Tonight’s programme
offers a tribute to the unique artistry of Dame Joan
Sutherland and a revival of some of the most popular
works from our first decade.
Dame Joan Sutherland will be long remembered as a
great exponent of bel canto style. Beginning with the
Italian songs of Monteverdi and culminating in the
works of Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi, bel canto
style is characterised by virtuoso coloratura¸ simplicity,
elegance and rich dynamics. To that add grace, agility,
endurance and passion and you have the contemporary
expectation of bel canto and the art of Dame Joan
Sutherland. Tonight’s tribute, performed by all the
singers, skims the vast repertoire of Dame Joan’s forty
year legendary career.
Part One - A Tribute to
Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)
La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the
Regiment) Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Donizetti was an internationally recognised Italian
composer at 35, having completed 40 of his 65 operas,
competently embracing varying styles and subjects.
Following intense family tragedy Donizetti moved to
Paris in 1838 hoping for more creative freedom. Paris
saw the birth of his French opera, La Fille du Régiment
which premiered to enormous success at the
Opéra-Comique in 1840.
Marie, found as an infant and adopted by the 21st
Regiment of the French army, is bound to marry from
the regiment. Alas, Tony, a handsome Tyrolean, the
object of her passion, is not a soldier. The solution is
simple. Marie joyfully sings the rousing regimental song
Chacun le sait to celebrate Tony’s decision to join the
regiment. Previously, Tonio had saved Marie from a fatal
cliff fall. So when Tonio is caught as a spy they
acknowledge their mutual attraction (Quoi! Vous
m’aimez). Meanwhile, an aged aristocrat, the Marquise
de Birkenfeld claims Marie as her niece; horrified at
Marie’s upbringing, she determines to remove her to a
more fitting environment. Tonio arrives expecting to
claim Marie as his bride (Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de
fête!). Marie quickly becomes bored by her indulgent
life at the Marquise’s castle. At the unexpected arrival
of the 21st Regiment, the gentile life of the castle turns
to chaos resulting in the revelation that Marie is
actually the daughter of the Marquise. Marie and Tonio
joyfully join Sergeant Surplice in Tous les trios réunis.
La Favorita Donizetti
La Favorita premiered in the same year as La Fille du
Régiment, both operas hinting at the restrictions of
social cast; La Fille parodying landed aristocracy and
La Favorita exposing society’s expectation of female
virginity in the courtly intrigues.
Fernando, a young novitiate, has renounced his
religious calling for the love of a woman (Léonora)
whose name and history are unknown to him. She is
the mistress of the King, Alphonse X1 of Castile. When
Fernando returns from a glorious defeat of the Moors
(1340), the king offers to grant him any request.
Predictably, he requests Léonora’s hand in marriage.
Recognising Fernando’s uncompromising position
and feeling unworthy of him she sadly sings Oh,
mio Fernando.
La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker)
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Bellini’s position in the musical life of Paris was said
to be ‘second only to Rossini’; he was much admired
by Chopin.
Rodolfo, the missing feudal lord of an idyllic Swiss
village, has returned to his childhood home
unannounced. Relaxing at the village inn, he reminisces
on his youth (Vi ravviso).
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Victor Hugo’s macabre play Le roi s’amuse was the
inspiration for Verdi’s opera. Despite initial censorship
difficulties, Rigoletto premiered in 1851 in Venice to
great acclaim.
The opera opens as the libertine Duke boasts of his
easy conquests and hedonistic philosophy (Questa o
quella). The object of his next conquest is Gilda, the
innocent daughter of his deformed court jester,
Rigoletto. Disguised as a poor student the Duke has
secretly entered Gilda’s house and passionately wooed
her (Signore principe). When he leaves Gilda blissfully
daydreams (Caro nome). Sadly her euphoria does not
last long. The Duke’s courtiers, unknown to him, kidnap
Gilda, assuming her to be Rigoletto’s mistress and take
her to his palace.
Norma Bellini
One of the great tragic operatic heroines is Norma,
a Druid high priestess who breaks her vows. Norma’s
responsibility is to signal the Gaulish warriors and
priests to attack the Romans who have occupied Gaul
(c.50BC). Norma secretly loves the Roman proconsul,
Palione but alas his attentions have switched to Adalgisa,
an acolyte in the temple. In the poignant duet Mira, o
Norma, Norma confirms that she must relinquish her
children and sacrifice herself to atone for her treason;
attempting to prevent this, Adalgisa vows to love Palione
no more and return him to Norma.
Don Pasquale Donizetti
Most of Donizetti’s later operas had elements of
tragedy; Don Pasquale is one exception. This opera buffa
premiered in 1843 at the Théàtre-Italien, Paris. In a plot
reminiscent of the commedia dell’arte, the pompous
old Don Pasquale is tricked into a disastrous (fake)
marriage. Desperate to have it annulled he plots with
Doctor Malatesta to expose his wife’s infideltity (Cheti,
cheti, immantinente).
Faust Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Faust, inspired by Goethe’s play, cemented Gounod’s
reputation in French opera. Alerte! is the final trio of
Méphistophélès (Satan), Faust (who has sold his soul in
exchange for youth, sensual pleasures and riches) and
Marguerite (the innocent girl betrayed by Faust).
Marguerite has killed her illegitimate child, become
socially ostracised and now awaits execution.
Méphistophélès and Faust attempt to save her.
As Méphistophélès pressures the lovers to flee she
recognises him as the devil and implores heaven to
save her. Contrite, Faust begs her to escape; she
refuses and dies with prayers on her lips.
Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
The play by Beaumarchais (1784) which inspired Figaro
had been banned in Vienna by Emperor Joseph 11. Its
publication was eventually allowed on the premise that
chambermaids and manservants, who enthusiastically
attended the theatre, did not read books! Traditionally,
the feudal lord had the privilege of deflowering his
servant girls on their wedding night; Mozart was
attacking this and other noble privileges.
In an effort to distract the Count from sabotaging their
forthcoming marriage, Figaro and Susanna conspire
with the Countess and the young page, Cherubino.
All is in chaos as Figaro’s joke backfires and the ire of
the Count is inflamed. Adding to the confusion is the
sudden appearance of Marcellina, Bartolo and Basilio
who are making a legal claim on Figaro! This exciting
ensemble is the finale to Act11 of Figaro.
Part Two
Carmen Bizet (1838-1875)
Carmen, an outspoken, provocative gypsy, complains in
her seductive song, Habanera, of the fickle nature of
love as she flirts with the soldiers of Seville outside the
tobacco factory where she works.
La Rondine (The Swallow) Puccini (1858-1924)
During Act 11 of this lyric comedy, Magda, a Parisian
courtesan and mistress to a rich banker, has disguised
herself as a servant and with her maid Lisette and the
poet Prunier, has ventured to Bullier’s restaurant
where, amidst much drinking and laughter (Bevo al
tuo fresco sorriso), she has danced and fallen in love
with Ruggero.
Don Carlos Verdi
Don Carlos is in prison awaiting execution. Rodrigo,
the Marquis of Posa arrives informing Don that he will
be saved but that Posa himself must die for treachery.
Posa had previously carried politically sensitive documents
for Don Carlos and now must pay for it (Per me giunto).
La Boheme (Bohemian life) Puccini
The penniless poet, Rodolfo, has just met his shy
neighbour, Mimi, a seamstress, with whom he confides
his dreams of love (Che gelida la manina).
Candide Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Candide is a cross between a musical and an opera; the
enormous vocal and theatrical demands of this work
are exemplified in Glitter and be Gay, Cunegonde’s rapid
coloratura aria. Based on Voltaire’s novel, Candide
relates the adventures of Cunegonde and Candide as
they seek the best of all possible worlds.
A Little Light Music Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)
One of the composer’s most popular works is Send
in the Clowns which is sung with great irony in this sad
tale of repressed desires, thwarted opportunities and
carnal attraction.
Westside Story Bernstein
It is the mid 1950’s; Maria and Tony are lovers from
two opposing gangs in New York’s West Side. Maria
has just heard that Tony has killed her brother in
a gangland fight. Somewhere communicates her love
for and forgiveness of Tony.
Carousel Rodgers (1902-1979) & Hammerstein
Billy, a poor carnival worker, has severely failed his wife
and child by becoming involved and killed in a robbery.
In heaven, he is given tasks to appease his conscience.
The final song You’ll Never Walk Alone brings some
comfort to the family.
The yidaki is the authentic didjeridu (didgeridoo) used
by the Yolngu people from Yirrkali in North Eastern
Arnem land. This traditional instrument is played by
a circular breathing technique involving the intake of
breath through the nose whilst simultaneously blowing
out with the mouth to create a continuous sound.
Showboat Jerome Kern (1885-1945) & Hammerstein
Magnolia has asked Joe, the Negro dock hand on the
riverboat, for advice about a handsome gambler aboard the
boat. Joe replies that there are lots more like him on the
river. He then suggests to the other dock hands that she
might just as well confide in the great Mississippi River.
The Merry Widow Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
At a glittering party of the incredibly wealthy widow,
Hanna Glawari, the men remark on the problems of
handling women (Women, women, women): what to think,
what to say, what to do...what a wonderful day if we knew!
An instant phenomenal success,The Merry Widow
ensured the continuation of Viennese operetta a
generation after the popularity of Offenbach, Johann
Strauss and Franz von Suppé.
Gasparone Karl Millöcker (1842-1899)
Few of Millöcker’s operettas are still performed
however, this operetta, an outlaw adventure mixed with
romance and intrigue, remains popular in Austria and
German. Dunkelrote Rosen (Dark red rose) sung by
Count Erminos, was introduced into the 1932 version
by Ernst Steffan. Ironically Gasparone, the namesake
and notorious bandit, never appears; he merely
provides a scapegoat for all the misdeeds occurring
in Sicily the early nineteenth century.
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) Johann Strauss 11 (1825-1899)
Prince Orlofsky proposes a toast to King Champagne
at his dazzling fancy dress ball. As the guests become
increasingly inebriated, Dr Faulk extols the virtues of
the warm brotherly and sisterly love that they are all
feeling (Brüderlein und Schwesterlein).
Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart
All has now been resolved; Figaro’s parentage has been
settled, the lovers are together, the Count has been
exposed and forgiven for his attempted infidelity. The
party erupts in happiness and joyful celebration ending
tonight’s delightful adventure.
Linda Foulsham © 2011
Linda Foulsham – Programme Notes Linda Foulsham has written a decade of program notes for OP; she is an English and History teacher
with a passionate interest in opera, choral music and performance. Linda is co-author of two books on Australian art songs and has written,
edited and collaborated on a great variety of other works including teacher education programs for China.
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