BACK AGAIN: Opera in the Paddock.
BACK AGAIN: Opera in the Paddock.

Opera in the Paddock back for another show-stopper

OPERA in the Paddock will be back next year with two highly anticipated performances.

Following the success of Opera in the Paddock earlier this year, the event will return to Lazenby Hall, at the University of New England, Armidale on Friday, March 24 and to the paddock at Mimosa, Delungra on Saturday, March 25.

With the inaugural performance of Opera in the Paddock in Armidale earlier this year, Opera North West has cemented its position as northern NSW's premier performance company.

Opera North West will present a line-up of young, emerging, talented performers for next year's performance including mezzo soprano Eleanor Greenwood, soprano Panayiota Kalatzis, bass baritone Jeremy Kleeman, together with paddock-favourite tenors David Hamilton and Peta Blyth. Performers will be accompanied by the Mimosa Orchestra and conducted by Timothy Sexton, in an evening of opera, operetta and much-loved classic musicals.

Artistic director Peta Blyth said the young artists were excited to perform at Opera in the Paddock.

"Our aim has always been to provide opportunities for emerging artists, alongside those who are internationally renowned,” she said.

The event attracts people from all over the country.

"We are truly thankful to all audiences for their invaluable support,” she added.

"The spectacular atmosphere in the paddock, under the stars, offers something unique to our audiences. They have very much embraced the adventure of packing a picnic and joining their friends in this magical setting. Offering the performance indoors at Lazenby Hall opens up the opportunity for those travelling to select a location they may find to be more convenient.”

For many years, Ms Blyth has been a tireless advocate for the provision of professional development opportunities for emerging artists, particularly local musicians.

"One of our challenges is looking for ways to improve on what we do,” she said.

She added that next year, a number of regional singers will join the Willoughby Chorale on stage for both performances.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday, December 12. Bookings and enquiries www.operainthepaddock. or call 1800240301.

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