Biggest lineup yet for Opera in the Paddock

February 8, 2009

This year’s lineup of 22 performers for Inverell’s Opera in the Paddock on Saturday, March 14 makes it the biggest yet, requiring an extension of the stage to fit them all in.

In all there will be six singers, a pianist, 14 orchestral players and a guest conductor at the popular concert under the stars at Mimosa, Delungra with a Recital on the previous night, Friday March 13 in the Inverell Town Hall.

The multi talented Timothy Sexton, Head of Music at the State Opera of South Australia, conductor of the Adelaide Art Orchestra and a ABC Classic FM announcer will be the conductor. He will also double as compere and as he is a singer will join in for some numbers.

Organisers Bill and Peta Blyth have engaged a return of Bingara born singer Lexi Hutton who will join other Paddock veterans Peta Blyth, Elizabeth Campbell, Richard Greager, Shaun Brown, David Hibbard and pianist David Miller.

Ms Hutton has spent the last two years touring with Oz Opera.  She has been accepted to the Royal College of Music, London and will travel to London in September to commence her Masters degree.

The program includes excerpts from  Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s La Boheme with the final act of Verdi’s Rigoletto as a focal point. Operetta excerpts come from the music of Sigmund Romberg  The Student Prince, The  Desert Song & The New Moon. Selections from Kismet and the Phantom of the Opera will also
feature.

Sponsors for eighth Paddock concert are Tourism NSW, DSRD, New England Credit Union, Allianz, Inverell Shire Council & Tourism, Country  Energy, Qantaslink, Malachite Resources and the German Consulate General.

Tickets are now available from the Inverell Visitors Centre 1800 067 626 and can be purchased online at www.operainthepaddock.com.au on completion of the website upgrade.

Adult opera tickets are $50; student and children’s tickets $25. The Recital Tickets are $25 with the special opera and recital package $70. A 10% Discount applies for groups of 20 or over. Tickets are available from all branches of the New England Credit Union.

Tickets Available
Tickets for Opera in the Paddock are available from the Bingara Tourist Information Centre, phone Jenny Mead on 6724 0066 or visit  www.operainthepaddock.com.au

Tickets for Opera in the Paddock are available from the Bingara Tourist Information Centre, phone Jenny Mead on 6724 0066 or visit 

Tickets for Opera in the Paddock are available from the Bingara Tourist Information Centre, phone Jenny Mead on 6724 0066 or visit