Two wonderful opportunities to experience Australia's finest operatic voices in a sumptuous repertoire with the cream of Opera Australia.
Baritone Michael Lewis - one of Australia's most respected singers is celebrated for both his operatic and concert repertoire. Winning the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 1973 launched a successful international career in roles ranging from Mozart and Wagner to 20th Century works.
In concert Michael has performed with major orchestras around the world, leading conductors and all Australian Symphony Orchestras. In recent seasons, Michael's performances for Opera Australia have included the title roles in Rigoletto, and Nabucco, and major roles in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, The Pearlfishers, Batavia and in their World Premiere production of Madeline Lee.
"…a commanding performance. He has real dramatic presence…" - The Australian
Nicole Youl is one of Australia's leading sopranos. Since winning the 1991 Herald-Sun Aria, she has had spectacular success. Nicole was a finalist in the 1994 Placido Domingo World Operalia competition in Mexico City, then winner of the 1995 Metropolitan Opera Award, the Rome Opera Award in 1996 and the Australian Singing Competition's Opera Awards in 2002.
Nicole enjoys a growing reputation with the works of Verdi and Puccini. For Opera Australia and State Opera Companies, she has performed the title/lead roles in Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca and Turandot. In concert, Nicole has performed as soloist with major Australian orchestras in Mahler's 8th Symphony, Verdi's Requiem, Rachmaninov's The Bells, and Strauss's Four Last Songs.
"…a vocally resplendent and dramatically commanding assumption of the role (Butterfly) that deserves a special accolade. Hard to imagine it being better done in any of the great opera houses of the world." - State of the Arts
A showcase concert presented by Noosa Music Society will feature Michael and Nicole in an extraordinary evening of duets and song from the world's greatest composers.
Swoon as Michael and Nicole present some of your best loved arias selected from the most popular operas in their repertoire. Invigorate your spirit beside the silken flow of the Noosa River and celebrate the finalé of the festival with opera and a fine supper at Ricky's…as the sun goes down on Noosa and the 2008 Noosa Longweekend. Michael and Nicole will be accompanied by brilliant, young pianist Kate Golla.
Opera Australia 'RIVERSIDE OPERA & CONCERT RECITAL'
Concert Recital Friday 11 7.30pm Good Shepherd Lutheran Centre
$9 sudents f/time under 25
Riverside Opera* Sunday 13 4.00pm $95 Ricky's Restaurant
* Includes cocktail style food and matching wines.
Downloadable: Full 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme
Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940
Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations. The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa. Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.
The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer. Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.
Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul. A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.
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