The Opera at The Channon will be held on Sunday 26 July 2015. Hosted by the combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore, Opera at The Channon is now in its 18th year and the 2015 event promises to again bring an afternoon of fine food, wine and song! Opera at The Channon was created in 1996 to provide the Northern Rivers region with a quality cultural event and raise money for local charities.Over the last 17 years Opera at The Channon has become one of the most popular cultural events on the NSW North Coast, featuring performers from the Young Queensland Opera Company and more recently Opera Australia. More than 600 people usually attend the event with around 250 enjoying the ‘fine dining’ luncheon. Following lunch, guests are treated to an afternoon of fine music and songs from famous and popular Operas, performed by some of Australia’s best operatic talent
Iain Henderson is a widely sought after young performer under the tutelage of Margaret Schindler. He joined Opera Queensland in 2011 and has performed as a member of the Chorus in La Fanciulla del West, Macbeth, Carmen, St Matthew Passion, Otello and Rigoletto. In 2013 Iain was the cover of the role of Roderigo in Otello. In 2014 Iain became a member of Underground Opera Company as a Solo Artist and performs regularly as a newly featured member of the company. Also in 2014, Iain made his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as the Tenor soloist with the BBC’s Worldwide phenomenon The Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular to an audience of over 8,000
Versatile soprano Meg Kiddle, graduated from QLD Conservatorium in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music – Vocal Intensive Major (Classical) after which she spent a year studying at the Royal College of Music as an external student of Margaret Kingsley.Upon return to Australia Meg worked on the inaugural year of Opera QLD’s Moving Opera and working as a freelance artist. Meg had previously worked with Opera QLD in the children’s opera Sid the Serpent who wanted to Sing, Hercules (another children’s opera) and as the title role in Handel’s Agrippina
Tenor Roger Davy, a well-known face in Australia and Internationally, began his career as a boy soprano before taking up a contract with Opera Queensland and studying Opera studies at Queensland University where he performed the Tamino” in The Magic Flute “Don Jose” in Carmen, where he was part of their Young Artist Program. Moving to Sydney in 2001 Roger took up a contract with Opera Australia where understudied and performed roles including “Steva” in Jenufa, “Gabriele Ardorno” in Simon Boccanegra and was finalist in Royal Covent Garden Scholarship.
A regular performer with Vavachi Entertainment, Simone Nicole is an accomplished signer, entertainer and cabaret artist, with vast experience on the international stage in countries including Germany, Austria, USA, South America and Australia.Representing Australia at the 15th Annual World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, has been a career highlight for Simone, one that saw her bring home 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals in the Broadway, Opera, World, Open & Variety categories.
Last Sunday was wonderful!
Thanks so much to you and your committee for once more organising the day……even the WEATHER! My friends had only praise for organisation and presentation of the day and have all put their hands up to go next year. The comic act added to the luncheon……I had a good laugh. The opera singers were lovely but the compere stole the show….he was so relaxed and connected with the crowd with his wit. Once more many many thanks for your superb contribution to the day in many ways
Congratulations to Rotary for a truly beautiful cultural event
I had an absolutely wonderful time! I can not praise you all enough for the amazing job you did.Right down to the buses the day went without a hitch. Congratulations to Rotary for a truly beautiful cultural event that is a credit to the Northern Rivers.
We had a wonderful time
Perfect weather, sublime music and gourmet food for our picnic. It all was superb and once again very well organised. We loved it all. All going well will be back next year. Perfect!
– Enjoy a ‘fine dining’ luncheon experience in a grand marquee (bookings essential)
– Bring their own gourmet picnic and enjoy lunch in the grounds of Coronation Park
– Enjoy a special barbeque lunch prepared and available for pre purchase (bookings essential)
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27 March – 26 April
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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour combines all things Sydney does best: world class opera, fine dining, sunsets and spectacle (plus camels!) on the harbour’s edge. Aida is the grandest of all operas, set in a gilded Ancient Egypt, with the famous ‘Triumphal March’ you’ll be seduced by Verdi’s masterpiece. Book online at opera.org.au or call 02 9318 8200
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