Building on the success of last year’s inaugural BMW “Opera for All” event in Melbourne, Opera Australia and BMW are thrilled to announce four of Opera Australia’s finest singers, soprano Olivia Cranwell, mezzo-soprano Dimity Shepherd, tenor Shanul Sharma and baritone Simon Meadows, as this year’s superb cast, when the free event returns to Melbourne’s Fed Square on Saturday, February 3, 2024.
All four singers are Melbourne-based and will perform a selection of opera’s biggest hits from Verdi to Puccini for an hour of thrilling high notes and soaring harmonies; it is the perfect way for newbies to experience opera for the first time or for diehard fans to revisit some of opera’s greatest hits.
Accompanying the singers will be 20 brilliant musicians from Orchestra Victoria under the baton of renowned opera conductor, and always entertaining, Brian Castles-Onion, who also conducted last
year’s BMW “Opera for All” performance.
Soprano Olivia Cranwell made her recent role debut as Sieglinde in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle to critical acclaim and later this year will perform Giorgetta in Il Trittico at the Sydney Opera House.
Melbourne-born Dimity Shepherd, a mezzo-soprano and three-time Green Room Award-Winner, has captivated audiences across the nation, performing most recently with Opera Australia as Carmen.
Shanul Sharma, an Indian-born tenor and alumnus of Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program, has played several significant roles, most recently his critically acclaimed performance as Gandhi in last year’s concert performance of Satyagraha at Hamer Hall.
Australian baritone Simon Meadows, a local favourite with Melbourne audiences, has upcoming performances as Michele and Gianni Schicchi in Il Trittico at the Sydney Opera House and Holland in Eucalyptus at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre.
Audiences of all ages are invited to bring their picnic blankets or chairs and join for a late afternoon of enchanting music at Fed Square from 4:00pm-5:00pm.
BMW Opera for All” is a global event in collaboration with local opera organisations, offering world class cultural experiences to the public for free.
Venue: Fed Square
Date: 03 Feb 2024
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