Some of opera’s most iconic arias to be performed in Brisbane – June 1
Acclaimed soprano to join Queensland Symphony Orchestra for Opera Gala
Opera Australia Principal Artist and recent recipient of the Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship, Soprano Natalie Aroyan, will perform as one of the featured soloists in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Opera Gala on June 1.
Ms. Aroyan will join young tenor, Kang Weng, and the Brisbane Chorale in the Opera Gala on Saturday June 1 at 7:30pm at the Concert Hall QPAC. Conducted by Maestro Giovanni Reggioli, Opera Gala, will feature classics from Puccini’s La Bohème and Madama Butterfly as well as much-loved pieces from Verdi’s Nabucco and La Traviata.
The $30,000 Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship won by Ms. Aroyan earlier this year is awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts to female opera singers who have demonstrated outstanding ability and promise. Ms. Aroyan intends to use her scholarship to travel through the United States and Europe to audition for such prestigious companies as the Royal Opera House. Ms. Aroyan’s recent roles for Opera Australia include the title role of Aida, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Micaëla in Carmen.
OPERA GALA – A Night of Opera Favourites
Opera has been popular for years because it turns all our human emotions up to 11. Couples falling in love, heartbreaking love triangles, drinking songs, slaves celebrating their freedom. The stories and scenes almost don’t matter – they’re all just a great excuse to hear soaring melodies, rousing choruses and the glorious sound of the human voice in full flight. We’ve picked some of the greatest opera moments of all time and we’re going to present them all in one spectacular night. Whether you’re an opera buff or want to sample the world of opera to see what the fuss is about, you’ll have a great time at our Opera Gala.
Date: Sat 1 Jun 7.30pm
Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: Giovanni Reggioli
Soloists: Natalie Aroyan, soprano; Kang Wang, tenor
Chorus: Brisbane Chorale
VERDI Nabucco Overture
PUCCINI Act 1 finale from La Bohème
PUCCINI Bimba dagli occhi pieni de malia (Love Duet) from Madama Butterfly
VERDI Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco
VERDI Brindisi (Drinking Song) from La Traviata
About Natalie Aroyan
Natalie Aroyan is an Armenian-Australian Soprano. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a double degree in Business and I.T. from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney. Originally dreaming of being a pop star, her career aspirations changed after experiencing opera for the first time.
In 2008 Natalie was awarded first place in both The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the Herald Sun Aria Competition. She commenced her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, New York, in 2009. She attended the “Solti Te Kanawa Accademia” program in Tuscany, Italy, where she worked with both Maestro Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
On her return to Australia in 2011, she was awarded first place in The Italian Opera Foundation competition which enabled her to spend a year in Italy studying with soprano, Mierall Freni and following this, Natalie was invited as a Guest Artist to cover the title role of Gluck’s Armide for the joint Lindemann/Julliard Production in New York, USA.
Natalie is now a principal artist with Opera Australia.
About the Harding Miller Foundation Opera Scholarship
Founded by Kim Harding and Irene Miller in 2012, the Harding Miller Foundation funds Australian projects that advance opportunities for girls and women, particularly in the arts, education and environment.