A night at the opera

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT

SATURDAY 22nd may

 With prosecco in hand take your seats and savour the delights of delicious food and wine, and relax into a night of musical magic.
 
Let your spirits soar as Tenors Lawrence Allen, Soprano Lisa-Anne Robinson, Dr Tom Fizgerald on violin and Jeremy Martin on piano lead you on a journey through some of the most beautiful arias and duets ever written.
Evening includes an Italian sharing feast and glass of prosecco on arrival.
TIME: 7PM
PRICE: $120 pp

Tables are limited and bookings are required.

Serata dell’opera Menu

Salumi e Contorni

Mediterranean vegetables with cured Italian meats, potato focaccia and bruschetta Caprese

Spanzata di Pesce

A preparation of individually garnished fresh and cooked oysters, prawns, calamari, octopus and mussels

Orecchiete cime di rape

A traditional semola pasta of the Puglia region with broccoli rabe, garlic, chilli, olives and pancetta

Spianatora di Tocco

Soft polenta embellished with a ragu consisting of tomato, basil, beef, pork belly, pork & fennel cipollata sausages and quail

Assagini dolci

A petite display of:

Lemon panna cotta

Mint milk with chocolate & spiced wine chocolate truffle

Espresso chocolate cup filled with tiramisu gelato adorned with chocolate coffee bean

Stasera si mangia con vino e canzona

An evening of food, wine and song

LYRIC SOPRANO LISA-ANNE ROBINSON

Lisa Anne Robinson, began her formal musical studies at age 14. A series of scholarships enabled her to complete her secondary and tertiary education at prestigious Australian educational facilities, culminating in a Bachelor of Music Performance, with first class honours, from the Victorian College of the Arts. The following year Lisa completed her Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne. Lisa has been the recipient of over 100 prizes, awards, and scholarships and has studied and performed throughout Australia, and Europe.

In 2007 Lisa moved to the UK and performed leading roles with The Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Iford Arts, Opera Della Luna, Stanley Hall Opera, London Festival Opera and the Gilbert & Sullivan Company. In 2011 Lisa Anne Robinson made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.Critics have described her voice as ‘sheer auditory bliss’, ‘rich’, ‘melting’, ‘world-class’ and her operatic performances as ‘superb’, ‘exceptional’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘barely matched on commercial recordings’.

 

THOMAS FITZGERALD

Thomas Fitzgerald completed his Doctoral Thesis in Composition at the University of Wollongong in 2005. He also holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Melbourne University.

A graduate student of Indiana University and New York City, he returned to Australia after a period of study and professional activity in the USA. Educational appointments have included sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar, M.L.C. Kew and Wesley College.

Thomas has composed a diverse range of music works Concert and Musical Theatre Events, electronic broadcast media and for Film and Television.

These include productions with Patrick White for the A.B.C., and award winning scores for ABC Television Natural History Film Unit. He has scored for Feature Films and Multi Media projects, including Snapshot, Stanley and The Good Cook and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for his film score in Turtle World. Read more…

AUSTRALIAN TENOR LAWRENCE ALLEN

Born in Victoria and undertook his early education in Horsham. It was here that his talent as a violinist was brought to the attention of local music identity Mavis Muller.

He first studied voice with Brian Hansford at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music, where he had won a scholarship. Lawrence later studied for many years with Bettine McCaughan.

In 1970, he won the nationally televised talent quest “Showcase”.
During the 1970s, Lawrence performed with Opera Melbourne, singing leading roles in Cosi fan tutte, Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville and Don Pasquale.

In 1980 he went to study in London with Eric Vietheer and Geoffrey Parsons, participating in a series of Master Classes given by Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and televised by the B.B.C.  Read more…

JEREMY MARTIN PIANIST

Jeremy obtained both his Bachelor of Music Performance (1996) and Master of Music Performance (2002) degrees from The Victorian College of the Arts studying with Dr. Donna Coleman. He was also awarded his A.Mus.A as a secondary school student and in 2002 passed his L.Mus.A. with distinction. In 2004 Jeremy completed a Diploma of Education (Secondary) at Monash University.

Jeremy has extensive experience as a choral conductor having directed choirs including the Welsh Male Choir, National Children’s Choir, Liedertafel Arion, Victorian Boys Choir and the Victorian Girls Choir. He also conducted the orchestra at Blackburn High School and conducted the opened the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Orchestra at the annual Music Festival in the Melbourne Concert Hall. More recently Jeremy took up appointments as Director of Music at two schools in the UK – Astor College for the Arts and Surbiton High School – and is currently Head of Senior School at Overnewton Anglican Community College.