24 March 2011

Aboretum opera fest for November

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voices in the forest

Chief Minister Stanhope is very excited about an opera festival he has scheduled for his beloved arboretum this November.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced that internationally acclaimed and GRAMMY nominated mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter will headline an evening of opera at the National Arboretum in November.

‘Voices in the Forest’ is the first major cultural event to be held at the Arboretum and will feature prominent Australian opera singers, mezzo-soprano Christine Wilson, soprano Louise Page and tenor Henry Choo.

Also performing will be Canberra Centenary Director, Robyn Archer accompanied by Canberra’s own Peter J Casey, as well as a children’s choir performing songs from popular musicals such as Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.

With the Village Building Company’s Bob Winnell chipping in the readies to make it happen (as well as the money for the visitor’s centre) it’s going to be quite the event for the luvvies (and the opera fans).

Tickets are available from Canberra Ticketing.

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Pommy bastard said :

Good stuff, Anne Sofie von Otter is a first rate talent.

About time we got someone of this calibre here.

+1, although I’d be interested to hear who her backing band will be. If it’s the CSO, it’ll be the biggest guest artist they have played with in many a year.

GardeningGirl9:35 pm 24 Mar 11

I’m not a fan of Stanhope (and that suggestion of a conflict of interest is a worry) but I can see the Arboretum becoming a valuable asset for Canberra, and using it as a venue for events like this sounds fantastic. Good for locals and good for tourism.

Pommy bastard4:19 pm 24 Mar 11

Good stuff, Anne Sofie von Otter is a first rate talent.

About time we got someone of this calibre here.

When does this end? We have Bloody Barr indulging his love of 70s and 80s rock stars and now Stanhope indulging his love of Opera. They are supposed to run a Gvmt not a flaming entertainment agency and if Bob Winnell is putting up the readies to make it happen why do we have to pay $25 and upwards? When are the people of this town going to see sense and put this set of fools out of Office? Yes I know I know …when we get a decent Opposition…

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