When:Sunday 18 February, 5pm
Cost:Tickets: $35 Adult, $20 Student.
The course of true love never runs smooth, particularly not for the doomed courtesan Violetta. The love she never dared hope for, found in Alfredo, is complicated by a society whose social class system forbade such a match. Love gained, love lost, love eternal….
This concert presents all the ‘juicy bits’ and ‘big hits’ in telling the story of this most popular of Verdi’s operas.
Christopher Lincoln Bogg – Alfredo
Canberra born Christopher Lincoln Bogg, graduated from Victorian College of the Arts under Dame Joan Hammond. Winning the German Opera Award contracted him to Cologne which springboarded his Europe based career. His repertoire comprises over 60 major roles of popular and lesser-known repertoire from the baroque to 20thC world premieres. He has sung in the major houses of Germany as well as San Francisco, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bulgaria and Cardiff. He is known for singing roles of florid and technical difficulty from the bel canto repertoire.
His many roles for Opera Australia most recently include Loge in the 2016 production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. He is a noted concert soloist and has a number of CD recordings with the Orfeo label.
Sarahlouise Owens – Violetta
Sarahlouise Owens is a sought-after soloist in Canberra, known for Art Song recitals, liturgical and concert repertoire as well as theatrical performances in opera and music-theatre.
Having graduated from ANU (Hons) and Manchester, she worked extensively in Europe including Cologne Radio, Theater Hagen, Brussels’ La Monnaie, Paris Châtelet and the theatres of Frankfurt and Hamburg. Most significantly she was a consistent member of the ensemble of the Wagner Summer Festival in Bayreuth.
Her most recent performances and roles were as The Angel in Handel in the Theatre’s
production of The Vow; Mrs Peachum in Canberra Repertory Society’s Threepenny Opera, and as soloist
for the Canberra International Music Festival in the Barricades of Time concert.
Colin Milner – Germont
Trained at the Sydney Conservatorium, Canberra School of Music and Manhattan School of Music in New York, Colin’s professional stage experience began in the State Theatre’s Opera Chorus in Pretoria. He has since developed into a versatile performer in operas, operettas, musicals, plays and concerts. Recent highlights include being a soloist in Penelope Thwaites’s Missa Brevis at its première in Canberra and again in London’s West End, premièring Calvin Bowman’s My Own Country cycle with the composer at the piano, and narrating concerts in Sydney and Canberra for Salut! Baroque. Most recently he was part of the Esther cast for Handel in the Theatre.
Colleen Rae-Gerrard – Piano
Born in New Zealand, trained by a pupil of Artur Schnabel before studying in Europe with Paul Badura-Skoda and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. An opera-lover whose favourite occupation is working with singers, Colleen was accompanist and repetiteur at the Canberra School of Music from 1992 to 2004 where she participated in many opera productions and established courses for Repetiteurs and in Fortepiano. She is now teaching privately, and accompanying students at the ANU School of Music.