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Riverside Theatres presents Western Sydney Opera

Lorenzo Rositano & Friends


Venue

Lennox Theatre

Dates

18 June 2017

Event Type

Live Event

Join Western Sydney Opera’s Artistic Director and Tenor Lorenzo Rositano, Sopranos Claire Chehade-James and Alejandra Blandino, Mezzo Soprano Bree Meara-Hendy and Accompanist and Baritone Glenn Amer for a stunning Sunday afternoon concert filled with tunes you won’t forget.

This young cast of opera’s emerging artists will provide an incredible program of highlights from opera, operetta, musical theatre and popular songs by some of the world’s most famous and loved composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Lehár, Tosti, Lloyd-Webber and many more.

Western Sydney Opera was launched when Western Sydney’s favourite Tenor, Lorenzo Rositano returned to Australia from Italy and following the success of his production of Puccini’s La Bohème in 2015.

Robert Love and Riverside Theatres are proud to bring you this not to be missed concert of spectacular singing.

One show only – Secure your seats now to avoid missing out!

Dates & Times:
Sunday 18 June 3pm

Lorenzo Rositano
Tenor

Lorenzo is an Italian Lyrico Spinto Tenor. He completed his studies in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and holds a Masters in Opera.

In 2013 and 2014 Lorenzo toured and undertook study in Italy through a John Brown Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation Scholarship.

In 2010 he studied in the UK through a Big Brother Movement Scholarship.

Lorenzo has appeared as Principal Tenor in many Opera and Operetta roles and as Soloist in Oratorio works and Recital.

Lorenzo began singing at the age of 7. While in High School he appeared in four Schools Spectaculars broadcast on the ABC.

Lorenzo made headlines in 2006 when he was selected by the Australian Olympic Committee to perform the Australian Anthem at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Since Lorenzo’s return to Australia from Italy at the end of 2014, he has made it his mission to bring Opera more regularly to Western Sydney. Consequently he is the Founder & Artistic Director of Western Sydney Opera.

Bree Meara-Hendy
Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Bree Meara-Hendy is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she studied opera performance.

Across 2016 and continuing in 2017, Bree trained as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Company, Sydney.

Prior to this, Bree spent part of 2015 in the UK and Italy to undertake training in singing, movement, and Italian language. Bree has performed a number of operatic roles including La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Fox (The Cunning
Little Vixen), and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress).

Bree recently began working with the Opera Australia Chorus, with which she has performed in an acclaimed production of The Eighth Wonder (Alan John), and in Bizet’s Carmen.

Alejandra Blandino
Soprano

Soprano Alejandra (Alex) Blandino boasts a long career in music, performing since the age of 2. Alex has performed as soloist in many festivals, as well as many other special events. Alex was the head-liner act for the Captain Cook Cruises. In 2012 Alex founded and trained the incredible quartet Urban Opera.

Most recently she played the role of Carlotta in Strathfield Musical Society’s production of Phantom of the Opera the role of Babette in the production of Beauty and the Beast. She has also starred in a variety of Operas by Opera Projects including Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and Suor Angelica.

Claire Chehade-James
Soprano

Claire graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education in Classical Voice.

Claire’s European operatic debut was the role of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in Wiesbaden, Germany. Upon returning to Sydney, she sang in the production of The Dream with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

In 2016, she returned to the operatic stage to perform the role of Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld (Rockdale Opera Company), Adina in Elixir of Love (Western Sydney Opera) and was a quarter finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Under 35 Opera Scholarship.

Claire is a pupil of acclaimed Opera Australia soprano, Emma Matthews, and coaches with Richard Gill OAM. She is currently a Sponsored Young Artist with Pacific Opera and one of Western Sydney Opera’s core Sopranos.

Glenn Amer
Accompanist and Baritone

A unique entertainer, Glenn Amer is the only artist in the history of recordings to have made acoustically recorded Cylinders, Pianola Rolls and Compact Discs. Glenn was the youngest pianist to ever record pianola rolls – his first recordings were made for the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company when he was 17. Glenn has been working with singers since his first concert at the age of eleven. He cannot remember how many singers he has played for, but for many years was the exclusive accompanist to Rita Hunter and Horst Hoffmann. He also regularly appears with David Hobson and Yvonne Kenny, to name but a few. He is equally at home in the popular/jazz world, having appeared with many artists such as Su Cruickshank and Ian Cooper. In addition to his work with various opera companies as a pianist and conductor (Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and Pacific Opera in particular) and The Seven Sopranos, these days Glenn is also found touring the world presenting his one-man show (he is a singer too, and has been described as having ‘the fingers of Liberace and the voice of Mario Lanza’)! He has featured on TV shows all over the world, with broadcasts in Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand being amongst his favourites, in addition to his regular broadcasts in Australia. He is a passionate collector of historic 78s and has approximately 25,000 of them. Videos, recordings and photographs from Glenn’s travels around the world can be seen on his website glennamer.com

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Duration

Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes (Including interval)

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