CHRISTMAS WITH SILVIE PALADINO – The Christmas Spectacular is back bigger than ever!

Join the Queen of Carols Silvie Paladino in the annual Christmas Spectacular full of festive cheer and joy. Hear all of your favourite Christmas carols & songs and sing-along as Maestro Raymond Lawrence conducts the critically acclaimed 50-piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra and 60 member Melbourne Opera Chorus at the Athenaeum Theatre on December 18.

Silvie Paladino | Vision Australia's Carols by CandlelightThe concert will feature favourite songs Silvie has sung over the years at Carols By Candlelight, a mix of traditional carols, Christmas and inspirational songs.

Be mesmerised by the vocal prowess of one of Australia’s leading ladies alongside the critically acclaimed 50-piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra in this not to be missed concert spectacular.

Members of the Richard Divall Emerging Artist Programme, which gives young singers an opportunity to perform, will also be joining in this fantastic evening of entertainment.

Celebrating her 50th birthday in August, Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables at the age of 18. She was then invited to perform the same role in the London production. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.

Silvie’s Australian credits include the roles of:Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company: Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls.

Silvie’s singing talents are also highly sought-after for performances at many special events including the world-wide telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian Football League Grand Final, Melbourne Cup, Boxing Day Cricket Test, Roger Federer Foundation at Rod Laver Arena and the President’s Cup Golf.

Her concert credits include performances with symphony orchestras throughout Australia, internationally with the Salvation Army Band, a solo concert tour of China and national tours with international performers Patrizio Buanne and Michael Bolton. She has also performed for celebrated theatre composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz.

Her one-woman shows Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination) and Silvie Paladino – The Songs of Eva Cassidy have received rave reviews. Apart from her theatrical credits, she is well known to Australian audiences through her regular television appearances including Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network. Her recordings include Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand, Silvie Paladino – Christmas List, On My Own, When You Believe, I Give You My Heart, O Holy Night and Take My Breath Away – The Songs of Eva Cassidy. Later this year, Silvie will play the role of Marie / Fairy Godmother in Opera Australia’s Cinderella.

The Richard Divall Emerging Artists Programme has been created to honour the memory of one of Australia’s most lauded conductors, Maestro Richard Divall, supported by a generous bequest made by Melbourne born international soprano, Sylvia Fisher. Upon her death, Sylvia Fisher made this bequest to ensure the continuing support of the development of new artists of operatic excellence in her hometown, Melbourne. Before Maestro Divall’s death in early 2017, he was closely involved in the planning and creation of this program in collaboration with Melbourne Opera.

Christmas with Silvie Paladino
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
7:30pm, 18 December 2021
For bookings and further information, visit

Please note that Silvie is also performing the following regional dates:
4 December at Frankston Arts Centre
12 December at Warrnambool Lighthouse Theatre
17 December at Geelong Palais

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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