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Opera Queensland and West Village partnership brings music and song to Brisbane

Opera took centre stage in lounge rooms across the country over Easter thanks to Opera Queensland’s innovative new partnership with Sekisui House Australia’s West Village.

With social distancing measures and restrictions on public gathering introduced, Opera Queensland and West Village worked quickly to create new ways to deliver the live performance aspect of the partnership.

Featuring three iconic operatic favourites, A Weekend with Opera Queensland was a series of performances filmed within social distancing guidelines in and around the surrounds of West Village for audiences to enjoy in the comfort of their homes this Easter.

You can enjoy these performances below.

Brindisi
(Drinking Song) from La traviata by Verdi
Sung by Jason Barry-Smith, Nick Kirkup, Rebecca Cassidy and Jessica Low
Flower Duet from Lakmé
Sung by Rebecca Cassidy and Jessica Low
AU FOND DU TEMPLE SAINT
The duet from Pearl Fishers by Bizet
Sung bu Jason Barry-Smith and Nick Kirkup

Opera Queensland Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan said the initiative is part of a new, year-long partnership with West Village showcasing the arts and connecting the community during this time of change and uncertainty.

“As we face the challenges of isolation Opera Queensland and West Village are aware of the key role the performing arts play in supporting mental health and wellbeing,” said Mr Nolan.

“We have always understood the role music and singing plays in bringing people together. These experiences strengthen the bonds between us and help us deal with the challenges and complexities of life as well as making us aware of how important it is to appreciate what is beautiful in our lives.

“Opera Queensland is committed to supporting our artists and staff as we explore new and innovative ways to share our passion for opera.”

West Village Project Executive Director, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations, Megan Barron said content would be made available via social media and email at 4.00pm each afternoon.

“To ensure the rich value of live performance was not lost, we devised an immediate plan to film a series of performances and bring opera direct into people’s homes.

“It is our sincere wish that A Weekend at the Opera fills you with joy and hope, that we as a community will return and embrace the joy of arts and live music once the virus pandemic has receded,” said Ms Barron.

“It is our sincere wish that A Weekend at the Opera fills you with joy and hope, that we as a community will return and embrace the joy of arts and live music once the virus pandemic has receded,” said Ms Barron.

Young music fans will also reap the benefits of the new partnership, with Opera Queensland creating special artistic experiences for children that will be available later in the year.

For more information, visit www.westvillage.com.au.

Opera Queensland Artistic Director and CEO Patrick Nolan on the partnership with West Village

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