A Day in the Hills at the Ngeringa Cultural Centre
Celebrating 40 years of Opera

What a truly magnificent way to celebrate 40 years of Opera! In the magnificent accoustics of the recently built Ngeringa Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, members of The Friends were privileged to hear a magical concert given by six of our talented Young Artists from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Opera program.

Accompanied by the remarkable Mark Sandon the audience heard an outstanding program of arias and duets from Soprano Karina Jay and Mezzo Soprano Courtney Turner, Tenor Beau Sandford and Mezzo Soprano Fiona McArdle, Soprano Naomi Hede and Baritone Joshua Rowe.

Friends’ President, Pauline Brooks, was delighted to be able to lead the discussion with internationally renowned conductor Nicholas Braithwaite and CEO and Artistic Director of the State Opera, Timothy Sexton as, from Past Reflections to future thoughts on the evolution of Opera, they shared their memories, experiences and insights. From past triumphs, such as the Ring Cycles, to future challenges of Opera in a technological world the audience was left in no doubt as to the vital necessity and place of this extraordinary art form in our society.

The post concert, delicious, al fresco lunch on the verandah, overlooking the beautiful hills of Mount Barker, gave Friends and artists the opportunity to share their passion and joy at the concert and the beautiful music making.

Not only do we have our own Young Artist ‘stars’ , South Australia, in the generous gift from Ulrike Klein, has a new and wondrous star in the superb Ngeringa Cultural Centre. In thanking State Opera for their support through the Young Artists, The Friends look forward to celebrate with another ‘Winter Warmer’ at Ngeringa in 2017. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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