Jacqueline Porter (Soprano)
Brenton Spiteri (Tenor)
Amir Farid (Piano)

Saturday 25 October 2014 at 7.45pm

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Featuring highlights from operatic masterpieces such as La Boheme, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, as well as favourites from operetta and musicals, Jacqueline Porter and Brenton Spiteri will present a rich and diverse program of works by Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Bernstein, Sondheim and more.

Both artists are rising stars on the Australian opera scene. Equally at home on the operatic stage or concert platform, Jacqueline performs regularly with the Victorian Opera and as soloist with major orchestras and choral societies. She has worked with celebrated conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oleg Caetani. Brenton’s achievements include being the 2012 Herald Sun Aria winner and a prizewinner in the Mietta Song Competition. He also performs with the Victorian Opera and other opera companies, and appears regularly at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Joining the singers is Amir Farid, a pianist whose experience, sensitivity, and knowledge of vocal repertoire make him the perfect partner.

Program

Mozart ‘Dies Bildniss’, from Die Zauberflöte
Gounod ‘Ah! Je veux vivre’, from Roméo et Juliette
Grieg ‘Dank’ (Thanks), from Lyric Pieces
Donizetti ‘Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!’, from La Fille du Régiment
Mozart ‘Porgi amor’, from Le nozze di Figaro
Puccini ‘Avete torto!’ and ‘O mio babbino caro’, from Gianni Schicchi
Puccini ‘O soave fanciulla’, from La Bohème
Verdi ‘Libiamo (Brindisi)’, from La Traviata
Donizetti ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ and ‘Prendi, per me sei libero’, from L’elisir d’amore
Chopin Waltz in A flat, Op. 69 no. 1
Bernstein ‘I feel pretty’, and ‘Maria’, and ‘Somewhere (There’s a place for us)’, from West Side Story
Lehar ‘Vilja’, from The Merry Widow
Sondheim ‘Finishing the hat’, from Sunday in the Park with George
Wright ‘Stranger in paradise’, from Kismet