Sydney Philharmonia Choirs perform GLORIOUS PUCCINI at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs celebrate the music of Giacomo Puccini – one of the greatest opera composers of all time in an evening of unmissable entertainment, presented for one night only in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall recently renovated, on Saturday October 29 at 8 p.m.

This two-hour concert, hosted by a stellar cast of Australian singing stars and the incredible 350-member Sydney Philharmonia Festival Chorus, features excerpts from four of Puccini’s most famous operas, as well as his Messa di Gloria, rarely heard.

From Manon Lescaut to Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, this is Puccini at his most powerful, and you can expect the voices to match!

Soprano Cheryl Barker, who rose to prominence as Mimi in Baz Luhrman’s acclaimed 1990 production of Puccini’s La Bohème, shares the stage with her husband, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright. of Tosca. Also appearing are soprano Anna-Louise Cole reprising her recent success in the title role of the 2022 season of Opera Australia’s Turandot, and tenor Bradley Daley singing the triumphant “Nessun dorma” from the same opera.

Additionally, Sydney Philharmonia’s largest choir sings great choral moments such as Madama Butterfly’s ‘Humming Chorus’ and Tosca’s Te Deum.

Conducted by Brett Weymark and performed by members of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, mentored on stage by professional musicians from the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, it will be an evening of pure entertainment brimming with drama, energy, pathos and joy.

“Some of today’s best choral music comes from the opera scene and Puccini is no exception,” comments Brett Weymark. “His operas are littered with terrific chorus moments and in works like Turandot they are in many ways the main players in the drama. It’s always a revelation to hear a great opera-composing voice with one foot in the church and one on the stage and that’s exactly what you’ll hear in this concert.”

Written when he was only 18 and performed only once in his life, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria is an exceptional mass for its time. Clearly influenced by its hero, Verdi, it is full of youthful vitality and color, and openly lyrical, revealing Puccini’s early genius for the art form.

This is his one and only liturgical work, written at the end of his musical studies, just before announcing his decision to turn his back on church music and pursue a career in theatre. In the composition are clear musical allusions to the great opera composer to come.

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