“A taste of Opera Queensland’s’ upcoming production of Orpheus & Eurydice” the invitation said. Well I can only say what a privilege it was to represent SheSociety on this enthralling evening of music, friends, people and delectable food.
Director of Learning, Regional & Community, Mark Taylor and Director-Development Megan Kair knew what they were doing when they organised this event showcase. Young, passionate and clever leaders they are taking Opera Queensland (OQ) to an even greater level of artistry. With a brilliant ‘behind the scenes team’ and a group or world standard singers and musicians Queenslanders should be honoured and proud of what Opera Queensland has given to our state.
In collaboration with the internationally renowned contemporary circus company Circa, Opera Queensland endowed us with a truly beautiful event of absolute thrilling skill and joy. We could not ask for more.
It was indeed a treat to have two young women individually serenade us up close and personal but my highlight was when they sang together. The amalgamation of two operatic arias, Katie Stenzel and Jessica Low was hauntingly electrifying as their harmonious voices charged through our souls bringing us to tears, and it wasn’t just me with moist eyes. These spirituous modern singers transported us to another world and within a few moments caressed our hearts with their operatic blend.
Stirring music and a powerful aerobatic balancing act by Circa’s blindfolded Kat O’Keefe, synthesised with the panoramic view of Brisbane’s stunning fairy lit river from the infamous Stokehouse Q restaurant, made it a magical night. The additional touch was the Stokehouse’s complimentary mouth-watering canapés and drinks.
This timeless captivating story of Orpheus & Eurydice runs at Playhouse QPAC from 24 October 209 through to 9 November 2019. Full of passion and heartbreak, how far would you go to save the one you love? Orpheus has the chance of bringing his wife Eurydice back to life but on one condition, he must not look at her, but can he resist this desirous power?
Orpheus will be played by Owen Willetts, Eurydice & Amore by Natalie Christie Peluso. Conductor Dane Lam and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. OQ pre concert talk begins one hour before each performance. Day and night time performances are available and you can book now on 136 246 or www.oq.com.au . Tickets from $64 – $124.
OQ 2020 season has even more wonderful showcases to offer from Wagner and Verdi to new Australian works. Their program available online www.oq.com.au
Also on offer are youth and adult workshops, one in particular is the rather tempting, Sing Sing Sing where you kick back with a beverage and sing along to well-known tunes led by OQ artists at Southbank.
I am thrilled to be able to be part of OQ and look forward to sharing my time with them. Virtuosity, Passion, Fearless – This is Opera
*Acknowledgement to RDW Photography for fabulous pics.
On the birth of her two grandsons, Ruth Greening experienced an awakening in her life and entering Gen GP (Generation Grandparent) she was given the moniker Nanny Babe as her ‘grandmother’ title. She found things had changed since her child rearing days, and an adjustment to new parenting concepts was required. Hence the birth of the Nanny Babe blog from a baby boomers perspective.
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