Opera lovers enjoyed an amazing night of aria performances from some of the best known and loved operas at the Lithgow Union Theatre on Saturday 30 April.
One of the first professional performances held since the historic theatre underwent major renovations, the Opera Gala event was a sell-out. Nearly 300 guests were wowed by solo performances from Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Boheme, the much-loved Flower Duet by Delibes – and more.
Tenor Matthew Reardon’s powerful solo delivery of Nessun Dorma stunned the crowd.
Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham was thrilled that the community had turned out and dressed up for the event. “To my knowledge, this is the first opera performance at the Union Theatre, and we are fortunate to have brought an ensemble of such well known and high calibre artists to Lithgow; and to have a sell-out is just fantastic.”
Mezzo Soprano Deborah Humble and Soprano Julie Lea Goodwin together with Tenor Matthew Reardon and Baritone Simon Lobelson mesmerized the audience with their powerful, moving and delicate vocal delivery. Sharolyn Kimmorley impressed with her incredible piano playing on the theatre’s own grand piano.
“On behalf of the community, I would like to say how appreciative we are for these world class singers and pianist coming to Lithgow,” noted Mayor Statham. “I would also like to give my sincere thanks to our very own Lithgow lady, Gaye MacFarlane, who not only did a fantastic job in hosting tonight’s performance but was the driving force in bringing the event to Lithgow.”
“I look forward to the next performance at this theatre. We have a great venue with wonderful acoustics and tonight’s event has shown that there is a lot of community support for future events.”