2.00pm: Concert by artists supported by Wagner Society
followed by Christmas Party
As usual we were treated to a wonderful Christmas concert, on Sunday 19 November, this time with a program hastily altered to slot in Rebecca Moret, who kindly consented to replace a voice-less, indisposed Phoebe Humphreys.
Francis Greep, our very talented accompanist, juggled items and we had a wonderful time listening to one of our favourite Society dramatic sopranos, Laura Scandizzo, (who has been singing in the Opera Australia chorus) sing Es gibt ein Reich and Ebben, ne andrò lontano, both of which she had sung to the German President the week before, as well as Dich, teure Halle. Rebecca Moret, a former Pacific Opera young artist and Opera Australia Schools company artist, sang Einsam in Trüben Tagen and Ritorna vincitor! Sitiveni Talei, also in the chorus of Opera Australia, sang Largo al factotum and Avant de quitter ces lieux and finished the concert with a funny duet with Laura “We love the Opera!”.
All our artists were presented as usual with Brangayne wines, kindly supplied by Brangayne Wines of Orange, and the afternoon ended with champagne and Christmas fare and the obligatory raffle, with great prizes, CDs from Universal Music, double theatre and concert passes and a special prize of high tea with Travelling Tenor artists, Helen Sherman and Adam Player, appearing in Pinchgut Opera’s 'Coronation of Poppea'.