Coast News | Thursday, 16 March 2023

Coast Opera Australia has announced some highlights of its 2023 season, with dates yet to be confirmed.

They include an intimate recital by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble whose voice is described as rich, velvety, radiant, and majestic.

With more than 60 operatic roles to her credit, Humble will sing two stunning highlights from the Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures and Richard Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.

Audiences will have the chance to enjoy the wit and musical genius of Gilbert and Sullivan with a show featuring excerpts from The Yeomen of the Guard, Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe.

They will be performed by Coast Opera Australia Associate Artists, mezzo-soprano Viktoria Bolonina, tenor John Longmuir and local soprano Suzie Stengel.

The season will conclude with Coast Opera's first opera, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.

Set in an apartment in Florence, Italy, the opera sees family of Buoso Donati gathering to grieve his death – until they discover he has left most of his money to the church.

The work features one of the most beautiful soprano arias ever written – O mio babbino caro.

The laugh out loud, one-act opera from the master of the genre will be enjoyed by both opera veterans and those wanting to try it for the first time.

Chair Graeme Blundell said Coast Opera Australia has made a significant contribution to cultural life on the Central Coast during its “short but enterprising life”.

“It is a pleasure to be working with the dynamic Angela Brewer, our powerhouse artistic director, who has done so much to establish this company, whilst welcoming to the team one of Australia's foremost young conductors as Associate Artistic Director, Luke Spicer,” Blundell said.

“We have some fine shows and events lined up following the hiatus of COVID.

“So here's to new challenges and new excitements and some wonderful singing.”

Season dates and priority tickets will be announced soon.

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