CELEBRATING WITH SONG - A 30 YEAR JOURNEY
Co-Opera

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Directed By: Brian Chatterton OAM

Co-Opera Bids a Sentimental Concert Farewell to
Legendary Director Brian Chatterton OAM

Brian Chatterton OAM takes a final bow this July from popular touring company Co-Opera when Co-Opera salutes him in a series of sentimental Farewell Concerts “Celebrating with Song- a thirty year journey”, to be performed over three nights in two venues.

The first concert at 7.3pm on Friday 13 July takes place in St Paul’s Lutheran church, Hahndorf with the remaining two performances at 7.30pm on 14 and 15 July in Brian’s old stomping ground, and the home of Co-Opera in Adelaide, the Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground.

Under almost thirty years of stewardship Brian has shepherded opera singers, musicians, cast, crew and all the necessary stage paraphernalia throughout the length and breadth of Australia and beyond, presenting the beauty and drama of classical opera to appreciative audiences in some of the remotest areas of the Australian bush; with the occasional foray overseas. For 18 years these hugely ambitious undertakings were achieved with governmental funding but for the last six years with no public funding at all. Quite a feat!

Now Co-Opera’s beloved guide and leader will pass the reins into the talented hands of his successor: Dr Josh van Konkelenberg.

As Brian’s swansong it’s only fitting that he should choose the program and he fills the evenings with beautiful music from some of Co-Opera’s most celebrated repertoire. He also fulfills a long held ambition to include Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings - a concert work he says is of “matchless haunting beauty.”

Program:

Wolfgang Mozart Cosi fan tutte [Act 2 Finale]
Giacomo Puccini La Boheme [Acts 2 & 3]
Peter Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin [Letter Scene]
Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

In these final concerts Brian Chatterton will conduct The Royal Commonwealth Society Ensemble, led by Lester Wong, with Meredith Ens on French horn performing the Britten solo.

The cast of Celebrating with Song – a thirty year journey features some of Co-Opera’s most popular and successful performers, many of who had their first stage experience with the company and are now long-term members of the professional world of music.

There is also a wide generational spread...mature artists: Lynette Harris, Jeremy Tatchell, Sara Lambert, and Judith Henley together with young emerging artists: Victoria Coxhill, Grace Bawden, Lisa Cannizzaro, symbolising Co-Opera’s training model - emerging artists singing beside and with mature professionals.

But what next for Brian Chatterton, OAM? Feet up, planning a cruise? Don’t think so. But we will just have to wait to see the details of what this legendary, musical dynamo does next. There are plans afoot for lovers of classical music in the Adelaide Hills, where Brian has lived for 30 years!

For further information: email: Brian Chatterton Co.Opera@bigpond.com Mobile: 0409 695 952

For media enquiries: Sheila Bryce Publicity: sbrycepublicity@gmail.com Mobile: 0416 154 061


CELEBRATING WITH SONG
a thirty year journey

Friday, 13th July, 7 30 pm
St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf

Saturday 14th July, 7 30 pm
Sunday 15th July, 7 30 pm
Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground
Rose Tce, Wayville
Program:
Wolfgang Mozart Cosi fan tutte [Act 2 Finale]
Giacomo Puccini La Boheme [Selections from Acts 2 & 3]
Peter Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin [Act 1 Letter Scene]
Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

The Royal Commonwealth Society Ensemble
Brian Chatterton Conductor/Pianoforte
Lester Wong Leader
Julie Sargeant Pianoforte
Soloists: Meredith Ens French Horn

Branko Lovrinov Tenor Judith Henley Soprano
Sara Lambert Soprano Lynette Harris Soprano
Lisa Cannizzarro Soprano Fiona McArdle Soprano
Naomi Hede Soparano Victoria Coxhill Soprano
Grace Bawdin Soprano Bernard Hull Tenor
Jeremy Tatchell Baritone Rod Schultz Baritone

Approx. Running Time: 2 hours
Suitable for ages: all ages

Performance Dates:
Friday, 13th July, 7 30 pm
St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf

Saturday 14th July, 7 30 pm
Sunday 15th July, 7 30 pm
Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground
Rose Tce, Wayville

Venue:
Friday, 13th July, 7 30 pm
St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf
Saturday 14th July, 7 30 pm
Sunday 15th July, 7 30 pm
Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground
Rose Tce, Wayville

Bookings:
St Paul’s Hahndorf : www.trybooking.com/377290
Adelaide Showground: co-opera.yapsody.com


Pricing:
$48 / $42 [concession and groups] $20 [students to 25 yrs]
available online and at door.