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Oprea Queensland presents

An Aria A Day

Your daily dose of opera from home.

The show goes on!

Since the start of COVID-19 restrictions, we have been busy behind the scenes working with opera artists and musicians around the world to bring you a daily dose of opera in your home.

Filmed in the backyards, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms of artists across the globe, our new daily digital program An Aria A Day offers you a front row seat from your home to some of the greatest arias of all time.

We will release a new aria every day at 6pm which we will share here as well as on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

An Aria a Day celebrates the diversity and power of opera and demonstrates the strength and resilience of Australia’s artistic community. All the artists performing in An Aria A Day are remunerated for their work, providing connection to their art form and income during these difficult times.

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DOMINIQUE FEGAN

‘Un bel  vedremo 
from Madama Butterfly 
by Giacomo Puccini 
Piano Narelle French
Aria #34 – 6pm Wednesday 10 June

Dominique Fegan performs Puccini’s soprano aria ‘Un bel  vedremo‘ (‘One fine day we’ll see’) from Puccini’s 1904 opera Madama Butterfly. 

Perhaps the most well-known piece from the production, CioCioSan’s Act 2 aria sees her awaiting the return of her long-lost husband, U.S. naval officer Pinkerton.

First performed by Rosina Storchiothe aria has since become one of the most popular pieces in the soprano repertoire.  

Dominique Fegan

JONATHAN HICKEY 

‘Love I hear’ 
from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
by Stephen Sondheim  
Piano Narelle French
Aria #35 – 6pm Thursday 11 June  

Jonathan Hickey has charmed audiences across Queensland in his performances of Fizz and Hansel and Gretel

This Broadway staple from Sondheim’s 1960s work A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of the more solemn moments from musical comedy.  

Jonathan sings us this tender performance from his Brisbane home. 

Jonathan Hickey

 

KIANDRA HOWARTH  

‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ 
from La rondine  
by Giacomo Puccini  
Piano Narelle French 
Aria #31 – 6pm Sunday 7 June

The sophisticated libretto to Giacomo Puccini’s La rondine, performed here by one-time Opera Queensland Young Artist Kiandra Howarth, was the work of Giuseppe Adami, who also collaborated in 1926 on Puccini’s final opera, Turandot. Often called simply Doretta’s Dream, this romantic aria is introduced in the first act of Puccini’s 1917 opera La rondine 

At a party hosted by Magda, her poet friend, Prunier, sings about a girl who rejects a royal suitor, proving the existence of true love. 

Accompanying himself with an opening flourish on the piano, he falters in the story and Magda picks up the thread with this delicious aria as she describes Doretta’s devotion to a poor and humble student.  

 

Kiandra Howarth

EMMA NIGHTINGALE

Musetta’s Waltz 
from La bohème 
by Giacomo Puccini 
Piano Narelle French

Aria #32 – 6pm Monday 8 June  

Opera Queensland chorus soprano and frequent collaborator with shake & stir theatre co. 

Emma Nightingale performs Puccini’s melting ‘Quando me’n vo‘ from La bohème

The aria from Act 2, often called Musetta’s Waltz, sees Musetta hoping to reclaim the attention of her lover Marcello. 

 

Emma Nightngale

LEE ABRAHMSEN

‘In quelle trine morbide 
from Manon Lescaut 
by Giacomo Puccini 
Piano Narelle French
Aria #33 – 6pm Tuesday 9 June 

Soprano Lee Abrahmsen brings us this heart-warming piece from her home in a very cold Geelong, Victoria.

Remembering Des Grieux’s love, Puccini’s Manon is not sure she made the right decision to live with Geronte.

Even with the luxury she has, there is something that not quite right that makes her uneasy. 

 

Lee Abrahmsen

MITCHELL RILEY

‘Je me suis embarqué’
No. 2 from L’horizon chimérique Op.118
by Gabriel Fauré
Piano Narelle French
Aria #28 – 6pm Thursday 4 June

After his involvement in Patrick Nolan’s production of Oscar and Lucinda, which premiered to critical acclaim at Sydney’s Carriageworks last year, Mitchell Riley joins the An Aria A Day artist line-up from his home in Paris.

JACKIE EVANCHO 

Ombra mai fu 
from Serse 
by George Frideric Handel
Aria #29 – 6pm Friday 5 June  

We’re very pleased to welcome for the first time to Opera Queensland, Jackie EvanchoJackie appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent and quickly developed a huge following, enchanting audiences with her sweet voice

Here she sings Handel’s much loved Ombra mai fu‘ from Sersethe 16th century workfeaturing the Persian ruler Xerxes as its central character 

Jackie Evancho

EMILY BURKE 

‘Home! Sweet Home!’ 
by Sir Henry Bishop 
Guitar Pat Burke
Aria #30 – 6pm Saturday 6 June 

In recognition of Queensland Day 6 June, Emily Burke and her brother Pat Burke bring us this special tribute to Queensland, her home for many years.

The melody is perhaps most recognisable from the 1939 film The Wizard of Ozwhere it is played in a counterpart to ‘Over the Rainbow’ in the final scene. 

Emily Burke

MARCUS COROWA

‘Fragmented Pieces’
by Marcus Corowa
Aria #27 – 6pm Wednesday 3 June

To mark the end of National Reconciliation Week and Mabo Day, award-winning First Nationals singer/songwriter Marcus Corowa performs an original work, ‘Fragmented Pieces’. On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia determined that ‘Terra Nullius’ was a fiction, and that native title would now be a feature of the law.

CRAIG COLCLOUGH

‘La calunnia’
from The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
Aria #26 – 6pm Tuesday 2 June

Craig Colclough shares his performance with us from his home in Los Angeles county, with his children playing in the backyard. Craig counts his blessings as he introduces his choice of a song dear to his heart, ‘La calunnia’, about mischief and fun and hopes the performance will bring joy and levity, all of which are much needed in times like these.

ANNA WERLE

‘Der Engel’ (‘The Angel’)
from Wesendonck-Lieder
by Richard Wagner
Piano Irina Loskova
Aria #25 – 6pm Monday 1 June

Anna Werle, who is singing the role of Brangäne in our production of Tristan und Isolde later this year, brings us Wagner’s ‘Der Engel’, the first song from a set of five composed to poems by long-time muse Mathilde Wesendonck.

VIRGILIO MARINO

‘Musica proibita’
by Stanislao Gastaldon
Piano Narelle French
Aria #24 – 6pm Sunday 31 May

Writing his own lyrics under the fanciful pen-name of Flick-Flock, Italian composer Stanislao Gastaldon is today mainly remembered for this serenade, written in 1881 when he was only 20. Previous Opera Queensland Young Artist tenor Virgilio Marino here performs this song, originally conceived for soprano.

SARAH CRANE & SHAUN BROWN

Ständchen (Serenade)
No. 4 from Schwanengesang D.957
Composed by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Narelle French
Piano Narelle French
Aria #23 – 6pm Saturday 30 May

Our first vocal duet for An Aria A Day is performed by Sarah Crane and Shaun Brown, who last year wowed audiences when they performed together at Opera at Jimbour. Schubert’s final song cycle was given the title of “Swan Song” after his death in 1828, aged only 31. The fourth piece, a wistful serenade, has over the years been transcribed for solo piano (including by no less a composer than Franz Liszt) and almost every other instrument or ensemble.

ALEXANDRA FLOOD

Manon’s Gavotte
from Manon
by Jules Massenet
Piano Narelle French
Aria #22 – 6pm Friday 29 May

Soprano Alexandra Flood dazzled Opera Queensland audiences most recently in 2019 with her recital in partnership with pianist Alex Raineri. Alexandra is currently in lockdown in her Paris, the same city where composer Massenet and his character Manon resided.

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ELEANOR GREENWOOD

‘Träume’ (‘Dreams’)
from Wesendonck Lieder
by Richard Wagner
Piano Narelle French
Aria #21 – 6pm Thursday 28 May

The final song from the set of five composed by Wagner to poems written by Mathilde Wesendonck, his close friend and possibly lover. The song, written twelve years before the opera was finally finished, formed a study for the love duet from Tristan und Isolde. Layback and relax with Eleanor’s beautiful rendition.

WAGNER DOUBLE BILL

JUD ARTHUR

Hagen’s Call
from Götterdämmerung
by Richard Wagner
Aria #21 – 6pm Thursday 28 May

From his home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Jud Arthur combines his love of singing, horses and his farm in the rousing call from Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the last of four epic music dramas, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring).

EVA KONG

‘Signore, ascolta!’ (Liù)
from Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Aria #20 – 6pm Wednesday 27 May

Eva Kong sings this poignant aria from Puccini’s spectacular final opera Turandot. The humble, devoted slave girl Liù begs Prince Calaf not to risk his life for love of the beautiful but ruthlessly cruel Princess Turandot as so many others before him have done, only to pay the ultimate price.

CAROLINE MENG

Habanera
from Carmen
by Georges Bizet
Aria #19 – 6pm Tuesday 26 May

Caroline Meng brings us this performance from her home in Paris. Carmen’s entrance aria ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ (‘Love is a rebellious bird’) needs little introduction. Its iconic and now ubiquitous melody is so infectiously Spanish that it was mistaken for a folk song even by Bizet, and the Habanera opening page in the musical score includes a credit for its original composer, Sebastián Yradier. In the opera, Carmen regales an eager crowd with her seductive, free-spirited sentiments, saying that she is like a bird who can’t be tamed.

MILIJANA NIKOLIC

‘Peso tsiganki’ (‘Song of the Gypsy Girl’)
from Twelve Romances Op.60 No.7
by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Aria #18 – 6pm Monday 25 May

Direct from isolation in her apartment in Rome, Milijana Nikolic brings us this passionate, melancholy, folk-like outpouring by Tchaikovsky. From his collection of Twelve Romances, this song is one of the less well-known of Tchaikovsky’s many vocal works. It vividly depicts in its deceptively simple phrases the singer’s love for her freedom, connection with nature, and bohemian way of life.

ANTOINETTE HALLORAN

‘Morgen!’ Op.27, No.4
Composed by Richard Strauss
Viola Gabby Halloran
Piano Strauss Lieder girl (anon)
Aria #17 – 6pm Sunday 24 May

With lyrics by Strauss’ contemporary, Scottish-German poet John Henry Mackay, the song ‘Morgen!’ (‘Tomorrow!’) paints a promising picture of the day the sun will shine again and lovers are reunited. Antoinette Halloran is joined on viola by her sister, Gabby Halloran, from a socially responsible distance!

SIMON KIM

‘Nessun dorma’
from Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Piano Joshua Won Park-Kim
Aria #16 – 6pm Saturday 23 May

Tenor Simon Kim, who thrilled audiences at Opera at Jimbour last year, again takes on one of the best-known tenor arias of all time, ‘Nessun dorma’ (‘None shall sleep’), from Puccini’s Turandot.

TARYN FIEBIG

‘Deh vieni, non tardar’
from The Marriage of Figaro
by W. A. Mozart
Piano Scott Davie
Aria #15 – 6pm Friday 22 May

From Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Taryn Fiebig and Scott Davie bring us Susanna’s Act 4 aria – a moment of serenity and stillness to a day of deception, confusion, intrigue, jealousy, farce and danger – a day that also happens to be her wedding day to Figaro.

NICK KIRKUP

‘O del mio amato ben’
Composed by Stefano Donaudy
Piano Phillip Gearing
Aria #14 – 6pm Thursday 21 May

The words to this melodious song by Sicilian composer Stefano Donaudy were written by his younger brother and frequent collaborator Alberto Donaudy. It has remained a recital favourite of tenors, including Brisbane’s Nick Kirkup.

JESSICA LOW

‘O promise me’
from Robin Hood
Composed by Reginald de Koven
Aria #13 – 6pm Wednesday 20 May

Direct from her kitchen, Jessica Low performs ‘O promise me’, a popular wedding song originally featured in Reginald de Koven’s 1890 comic opera Robin Hood, with lyrics by Clement Scott.

DAVID HIBBARD

‘Per la gloria d’adorarvi’
from Griselda by Bononcini
Piano Narelle French
Aria #12 – 6pm Tuesday 19 May

From Bononcini’s Griselda which debuted in London at the King’s Theatre in 1722, David Hibbard performs Ernesto’s aria and popular concert piece ‘Per la gloria d’adorarvi’, a favourite of Luciano Pavarotti.

HAYLEY SUGARS

‘She moved through the fair’
by Herbert Hughes
Piano Kym Troy
Aria #11 – 6pm Monday 18 May

Hayley Sugars performs the traditional Irish folk song ‘She moved through the fair’, this arrangement by musicologist Herbert Hughes. The lyrics, telling the story of the sudden passing of his bride-to-be, were first published in Hughes’ Irish Country Songs in 1909.

GREGORY MASSINGHAM

‘Der Leiermann’ (‘The hurdy-gurdy man’)
from Winterreise
by Franz Schubert
Aria #10 – 6pm Sunday 17 May

Gregory Massingham performs the last songs from Schubert’s much loved song cycle Winterreise (Winter Journey), published just prior to the composer’s death in 1827.

IRENA LYSIUK

‘Voi che sapete’ (Cherubino)
from The Marriage of Figaro
by W. A. Mozart
Aria #9 – 6pm Saturday 16 May

Premiering in 1786, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro follows our protagonist during a ”single day of madness”. Here Irena Lysiuk performs Cherubino’s ‘Voi che sapete’ from Act 2, accompanying herself on guitar.

KANEN BREEN

‘Will you buy a fine dog?’
by Thomas Morley
Piano Phoebe Briggs
Aria #8 – 6pm Friday 15 May

In this humorous look at language and the ways in which the meaning of words can change over time, tenor Kanen Breen performs Morley’s ‘Will you buy a fine dog?’ The accompaniment, often performed on lute, here provokes a dispute over tempo between the singer and his offstage pianist, Phoebe Briggs.

KATIE STENZEL

‘Ave Maria’
Composed by Charles Gounod
Piano Geoffrey Ashenden
Aria #7 – 6pm Thursday 14 May

By adding a new melody and the ‘Ave Maria’ text, Gounod created this song adaptation of J. S. Bach’s famous Prelude No. 1 in C (from Book 1 of The Well-tempered Clavier) performed by Brisbane’s Katie Stenzel.

ADRIAN DWYER

Cabaletta ‘O mio rimorso’ (Alfredo) from La traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi
Aria #6 – 6pm Wednesday 13 May

Having recently taken up ukulele, UK-based artist Adrian Dwyer performs Alfredo’s cabaletta from La traviata, libretto by Piave. Watch for a funny little slip at the end!

RACHELLE DURKIN

‘Beau soir’ (‘Beautiful Evening’) by Debussy
Piano Juan Pablo Horcasitas
Aria #5 – 6pm Tuesday 12 May

Rachelle Durkin performs Debussy’s French art song ‘Beau soir’ from total lock down in her New York apartment.

BRENTON SPITERI

‘Ouvre tes yeux bleus’
by Jules Massenet
Aria #4 – 6pm Monday 11 May

A rare solo performance from the French music of the 1800s, here a young man, performed by Brenton Spiteri, sings to his beloved of the beauty of nature.

ALI McGREGOR

‘Children will listen’ (film version) (from Into the Woods)
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Piano Narelle French
Licenced for use by Warner Chappell Music, Australia
SPECIAL TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Aria #3 – 10am Sunday 10 May

A special treat for Mother’s Day, Ali McGregor performs Sondheim’s enchanting ‘Children will listen’.

JASON BARRY-SMITH

‘Music for a While’
from the incidental music to Oedipus by Henry Purcell
Aria #2 – 6pm Saturday 9 May

Brisbane-based baritone and Opera Queensland favourite Jason Barry-Smith shares Purcell’s iconic ‘Music for a While’, originally written for John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee’s adaptation of Sophocles’ play Oedipus.

JACQUELINE DARK

‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo
by George Frideric Handel
Aria #1 – 6pm Friday 8 May

Surrounded by leftover Easter bunnies and sipping shiraz, opera and cabaret star Jacqueline Dark brings us the achingly beautiful aria from Handel’s Rinaldo, ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’.

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