IT’S OFFICIAL! Opera in the Otways is back for its fifth year with a programme that will delight opera lovers and new-comers alike – starring Jonathon Welch AM and Deborah Cheetham.
Jonathon Welch, a household name thanks to his inspirational leadership of the multi award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks, has prepared a programme of great popular operatic arias, duets & ensembles by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart from La Traviata, La Bohème, La Rondine and The Marriage of Figaro.
World-class conductor Dr David Kram, will direct an ensemble of six musicians & four singers against the dramatic backdrop of Cape Otway Lightstation and the Southern Ocean.
The programme will feature operatic tenor Jonathon Welch and soprano Deborah Cheetham performing popular songs and ensembles from three of the greatest music theatre and operetta composers in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Lehar’s Merry Widow.
The finale will feature excerpts from Deborah Cheetham’s enthralling Pecan Summer – Australia’s first Indigenous opera.
Read more about the show in the press release, or have a look at a gallery of images from previous Opera in the Otways events.
A wonderful day was had by all. The location, the performances and the weather were all fabulous. Have a look at a gallery of images from the day.
Funnyman Rod is Host with the Most
ROD Quantock, the thinkers’ comedian and celebrated artist, is MC at this year’s Opera in the Otways.
He’s notched up more than 30 years in the spotlight working in cabaret, theatre, television, radio, advertising, the corporate sector and, of course, stand-up.
On the comedy circuit Rod is applauded for his intelligent and sophisticated brand of satire delivered in an unpretentiously funny style.
Rod, an Australian cultural icon, is the perfect fit for the job of hosting Opera in the Otways. In 2004 he won a Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, placing him among a stellar line-up of recipients including Geoffrey Rush, Robin Nevin, Lucy Guerin and Paul Grabowsky.
APART from showcasing opera, each year we mix the programme up with a brilliant support act, and this year it’s The Twoks with Xani Kolac on electric violin & vocals and Mark Leahy on drums.
The electric violin is the electric guitar Xani Kolac never had. Sending the violin through effects such as distortion, delay, the mighty pog and a BOSS RC-50, Xani loops live, sings and plays violin simultaneously.
Mark Leahy is the driving tribal rhythm that takes this alternative art-pop music into a bright and edgy dance genre with a hint of chamber music-experimentica.
The Twoks are influenced by the likes of France’s Camille, Imogen Heap, Bjork, Andrew Bird, Leonard Cohen, My Brightest Diamond as well as the instrumental talents of Astor Piazzolla and Martin Hayes.
Live, The Twoks are something truly special.
They have released one album, an EP, and are currently working on their second album “Two” due out in October, which they will follow with a national tour.
“This musical duo is a delight to watch. The rich, layered sound that was produced by only an electric violin and drum kit was stunning: I sat transfixed through the hour-long set as Aussie’s Xani Kolac and Mark Leahy showcased their musical genius.” — threeweeks.com
Have a look at the latest video from The Twoks on YouTube.