Opera in Paradise

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Country and Region AustraliaNorfolk Island
Type of Festival Opera
Location of Festival Norfolk, Norfolk Island, Australia
Festival Contact Information

OPERATIF!, Opera & Song
P. O.Box 313
Montville Q 4560 Australia
Phone: +61 1300 308 385
Email: operatif@operatif.com.au

Festival Description

One of the most loved musical events in the South Pacific, Norfolk Island’s Opera in the Ruins, returns next year bigger and better as the aptly named Opera in Paradise. Running the event for the sixth time is Queensland-based opera and song company Operatif!, which has drawn together a star cast of Australian and New Zealand performers for the February 15 - 19 Festival.

Heading the bill is a fine line-up of operatic voices including Australian sopranos Jennifer Parish and Sally Harrison along with New Zealand baritone Stewart Cameron and Tongan-Samoan tenor Benjamin Fifita Makisi, who this year shared a concert with the great Dame Kiri te Kanawa in New Zealand. The singers will be ably accompanied by pianist and ABC broadcaster John Colwill.

Distinguished Australian concert pianists and husband and wife team Max Olding and Pamela Page will add an extra dimension to this broad-based festival, while a string trio from the Queensland Pops Orchestra led by concert master Julie-Anne O’Reilly will perform in their own right and join with pianist and singers to create some special concert magic.

Opera in Paradise is all about thrilling opera and music performed on a remote South Pacific island that offers a stunning natural backdrop and the opportunity to mix culture and history with a relaxing South Seas break. “We urge music and history lovers alike to come and sample the magic that has made this such an enduring and convivial annual event,” said Operatif!’s Jennifer Parish.

Festival Dates February 20 - 24, 2012
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