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2:00 PM

Opera in Springtime
Rotary Club of Gympie-Cooloola and Opera Queensland

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Opera in Springtime

Presented by 

Rotary Club of Gympie-Cooloola and Opera Queensland




St. Peters Anglican Church 15 Amy St Gympie.


Saturday 9th Sept. 2017

Commences 2pm Concludes 5pm


Fundraising for Rotary projects


Melbourne-born soprano Natalie Christie Peluso captivates audiences with a lyric soprano voice described by critics as “ravishing” and “full of youthful, delicious beauty”.

Winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s Marianne Mathy Award and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Grand Finalist, Natalie graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and became Principal Soprano at Welsh National Opera for five years, performing Sr Constance The Carmelites, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Gilda in Rigoletto, Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Marzelline in Leonora.

Other highlights include Zerlina in Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras; the Soprano in Bach’s St. John Passion with English National Opera ; and her hugely acclaimed appearances as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Australia.

Recital and concert highlights include Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals,

Oslo Baroque, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall and Windsor Castle in the Presence of HRH Prince Charles. She has recorded for BBC Radio Two and Three, RTE Ireland and the ABC.

Now based in Australia, recent engagements include performances in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Future 2016 engagements include Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Heggy in Pieces of 9/11 for Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Ottavia and Drusilla in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea with Pinchgut Opera.

About Jason Barry-Smith

Jason Barry-Smith studied at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Jason has been Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir, Director of the Opera Queensland Young Artistic Program, Creative Director for Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program, and a member of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts.

He has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dandini in Cinderella, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and in the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni.

Jason has also performed the title role in Billy Budd for the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Tokyo Arts Foundation, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia – Opera on the Beach, Mathieu in Andrea Chénier and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for the State Opera of South Australia, Julian in Quartet, Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer and the title role in The Barber of Seville for New Zealand Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables for the Wellington Operatic Society and Major-General Stanley in the Pirates of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to opera, Jason has received the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, Marianne Mathy Scholarship, and Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award. 

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