LAUNCH CONCERT: Producer of music Valda Silvy and Western Sydney Opera Company founder and tenor, Lorenzo Rositano.The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will be the backdrop for the launch concert of the new Western Sydney Opera Company next week.
The newly-formed company’s May 7 launch willfeature opera’s emerging artists performing operatic highlightsas well as songs from operetta and musical theatre.
The young cast will include Lorenzo Rositano,Paul Smith, Daniel Macey, Christopher Nazarian, Taryn Srhoj, Questra Mulqueeny and Allegra Giagu, accompanied by John Martin.
Rositano of Kingswood is founder and tenor of the new company, and said he was passionate about bringing the project to life.
Having studied at theSydney Conservatorium of Music, in London and in Italy, Rositano wants to give others in the west the opportunity to have quality operatic productions on their CV.
“I have had my chance and many opportunities, and that’s what I want to give back to locals,” hetold theGazette.
“I am completely immersed in the whole proposal, it’s my absolute passion.Since returning from Italy it’s something I have put my whole heart into.”
Rositano was inspired to start the company in Italy after seeing that even small theatres could put on magnificent opera productions.
“I thought, why are we not doing something like this around the corner from where I live?” he said.
Rositano produced and directed a production of La Boheme at The Joan in September of last year, assisted by funding from Penrith City Council for the new company.
Cast members hail from the Blue Mountains and western Sydney, and Rositano said the local productions would provide the springboard for many to travel overseas.
“When you do operas at the conservatorium you perform them as a student, but this is in a professional capacity,” he said.
It also brought opera closer to the people of Penrith.
“It’s giving people the opportunity to come and watch opera at their doorstep,” Rositano said.
Performing Arts Centre CEO Hania Radvan said the formation of Western Sydney Opera was “a great indicator of the vibrancy and artistic health of the region”.
“We are delighted to see independent artists such as Lorenzo Rositano and Western Sydney Opera reaching audiences and thriving,” she said.
The company will also stage a production of Donizetti’sThe Elixir of Loveat The Joan in September.
The launch concert begins at 7pm on Saturday, May 7. Adult tickets are $50, concession $45, and bookings can be made by calling 4723-7600.
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