Musical stars to give free USC performance

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USC's Artistic Director of Music Sean O'Boyle and USC's Director of Vocal Arts Suzanne Kompass promoting the musical in Perth

Three stars of Mimma, a new Australian musical about war and friendship that premiered last month in Perth, will give a special vocal performance at USC Sunshine Coast tomorrow, 23 May.

The musical revolves around Mimma, a young Italian journalist living at her uncle’s nightclub in pre-World War II London, who befriends an aspiring jazz singer named Sarah.

It was described as “Tosca meets West Side Story … a riveting operatic-jazz musical with mellifluous music” in a recent review by OUTinPerth.com.

USC students and staff will join other fans of music, dance and drama from across the region at the USC Gallery’s lunchtime concert at Sippy Downs tomorrow from 12pm to 1pm.

The three musicians are:

•    Suzanne Kompass, who plays Ada Marini. Also USC’s Director of Vocal Arts, she is a platinum recording artist whose versatility ranges from opera to Broadway classics. She has sung at festivals and concerts across America, Canada and Australia;

•    Jason Barry-Smith, who plays Aldo Marini. He has performed in well-known Opera Queensland productions such as The Mikado, The Merry Widow and The Magic Flute;

•    Mirusia Louwerse, who plays Mimma. She is known to millions of fans as the ‘Angel of Australia’ after 10 years of stadium performances as the star soprano of Dutch violinist Andre Rieu. She has top-selling solo albums in the Netherlands and Australia.
   
USC’s Artistic Director of Music Sean O’Boyle is Mimma musical director and orchestrator.

The lunchtime concert is part of the Gallery’s ‘Music at USC Concert Series 2019’ series supported by Noelene Shadforth.

 
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