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Opera 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 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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JESSICA O’DONOGHUE 

Chiara’s Scene
from Biographica
by Mary Finsterer
Piano Jack Symonds
Aria #100 – Saturday 15 August

For our 100TH PERFORMANCE, former Opera Queensland Young Artist Jessica O’Donoghue shares Chiara’s scene from the opera Biographica by Australian composer, Mary Finsterer.

SHELLI HULCOMBE

‘Ici-bas tous les lilas meurent
by César Cui
Aria #99 – Friday 14 August

From her office at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, former Opera Queensland Young Artist Shelli Hulcombe performs the Russian art song Ici-bas tous les lilas meurentby César Cui from his collection Cinq mélodies pour chant et piano (Five songs for voice and piano).

JOHANNES FRITZSCH & SUSAN COLLINS 

Intermezzo
from Cavalleria rusticana
by Pietro Mascagni
Aria #98 – Thursday 13 August

In the second instrumental performance for An Aria A Day, Johannes Fritzsch and Susan Collins perform the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana.

ADRIAN TAMBURINI 

Wie schön ist doch die Musik
from Die schweigsame Frau
by Richard Strauss
Aria #97 – Wednesday 12 August

From his studio in Melbourne Adrian Tamburini brings us the tender closing moments of Strauss’ Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman). 

CASSANDRA SEIDEMANN

Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse
from Samson et Dalila
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Aria #96 – Tuesday 11 August

Cassandra Seidemann, who has participated in the Opera Queensland Young Artist Program, was first introduced to the work by vocal coach Donna Balson. This performance is dedicated by Cassandra to her parents in Germany for their 50th wedding anniversary. 

MATTHEW BROADBENT

‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ 
by Roger Quilter 
Piano Narelle French
Aria #95 – Monday 10 August

Celebrating the things that have brought him constant joy during lockdown, Matthew Broadbent performs Quilter’s ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’. 

MIRUSIA

Panis Angelicus
by César Franck
Aria #94 – Sunday 9 August

‘Proud Queenslander’ Mirusia is known many around the world as ‘Angel of Australia’, a nickname given to her by Dutch violinist, André RieuHere she performs ‘Panis angelicus’, the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

HENRY CHOO

La fleur que tu m’avais jetée
from Carmen
by Georges Bizet
Piano Narelle French
Aria #93 – Saturday 8 August

With Victorians facing new Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, past Opera Queensland Young Artist Henry Choo performs Don José’s ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from the ever-popular Carmen. 

MEAGAN MILLER

Sure on this Shining Night’
from ‘Four Songs’
by Samuel Barber
Piano Kristen Okerlund
Aria #92 – Friday 7 August

To offer some joy in the wake of the cancellation of Tristan und Isolde in 2020, we are delighted to share a special performance by Meagan Miller who was going to play Isolde. Enthusiastically supported by her young son, Meagan performs Samuel Barber’s ‘Sure on this Shining Night’, celebrating the breathtaking beauty of nature. 

LAUREN FAGAN

‘I thought I heard a magpie call’
by Alfred Francis Hill CMG OBE
Piano Sharolyn Kimmorley
Aria #91 – Thursday 6 August

London-based soprano Lauren Fagan performs ‘I thought I heard a magpie call’ by Australian composer and conductor Alfred Francis Hill CMG OBE. 

REBECCA CASSIDY

‘How can I keep from singing’
by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
arranged by Narelle French
Piano Narelle French
Aria #90 – Wednesday 5 August

We recently made aware of an opera fanatic who, now dubbed ‘The Miracle Man’, survived Covid-19 after contracting the virus in March. To share the joy of opera with Graham and his wife Glenda, this special ‘pop up aria’ was performed in their Brisbane home by Opera Queensland Young Artist, Rebecca Cassidy and Head of Music Narelle French.

WARWICK FYFE

‘Ha! welch ein Augenblick!’
from Fidelio
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Alex Raineri
Aria #89 – Tuesday 4 August

Premiering in 1805, Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera. Here Sydney-based baritone Warwick Fyfe performs Pizarro’s rousing Act 1 aria ‘Ha! welch ein Augenblick!’

HUGH PARKER

‘Opening Night at the Opera’
Aria #88 – Monday 3 August

In a slight move to the left, this evening we are sharing a spoken performance from Hugh Parker. ‘Opening Night at the Opera’ explores the thrill, nerves and performances in the foyer after opening night.

BENSON WILSON

‘It never was you’
from Knickerbocker Holiday
by Kurt Weill
Piano Juan Kim
Aria #87 – Sunday 2 August

Award-winning baritone Benson Wilson and Juan Kim offer us Weill’s ‘It never was you’ from the 1938 musical Knickerbocker Holiday. 

The work is based loosely on Washington Irving‘s A History of New York by Diedrich Knickerbocker about life in 17th-century New Netherland (old New York).

BRADLEY DALEY

‘Till havs
by Gustaf Nordqvist
Text by Jonatan Reuter
Piano Narelle French
Aria #86 – Saturday 1 August

In this special encore performance following his recitals this weekend with Opera Queensland, tenor Bradley Daley performs the rousing ‘Till havs with Opera Queensland’s Head of Music, Narelle French. A special thanks to Bradley and Narelle for allowing us to step into their rehearsal time. 

AYSE GOKNUR SHANAL

Depuis le jour
from Louise
by Gustave Charpentier
Piano Narelle French
Aria #85 – Friday 31 July

In the shadows of the Sydney Opera House, soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal performs Charpentier’s breath-taking ‘Depuis le jour’ from ‘Louise’The piece weaves an atmospheric story of working-class life in Paris with the city itself evoked along the way, much like Ayşe does here in the heart of Sydney.

ELIZABETH LEWIS

‘Non mi dir’
from Don Giovanni
by W. A. Mozart
Piano Alex Raineri
Aria #84 – Thursday 30 July

Mourning the death of her father, Donna Anna begs Don Ottavio, her betrothed, to stop talking about marriage until she has time to grieve in this aria beautifully and painfully brought to life by soprano Elizabeth Lewis. 

BRADLEY COOPER

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
from The Land of Smiles
by Franz Lehár
Piano Narelle French
Aria #83 – Wednesday 29 July

Quarantined in Sydney, tenor Bradley Cooper offers us a dose of Austrian charm with ‘Dein ist mein ganzes Herz’ (‘Yours Is My Heart Alone’) by Austrian-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. 

CHRISTOPHER HILLIER

Pietà, rispetto, amore
from Macbeth
by Giuseppe Verdi
Piano John Martin
Aria #82 – Tuesday 28 July 

Baritone Christopher Hillier performs Verdi’s ‘Pietà, rispetto, amore’Macbeth’s powerful final aria. Composed just prior to Verdi being propelled to universal fame with Ltraviata, Macbeth is the Italian composer’s tenth opera and the first Shakespeare play that he adapted for the operatic stage. 

MARIANA HONG

, mi chiamano Mimì
from La bohème
by Giacomo Puccini
Piano Narelle French
Aria #81 – Monday 27 July

Former Opera Queensland Young Artist Mariana Hong performs Mimì’s much loved aria , mi chiamano Mimì’ Puccini’s La bohème. Explaining her life as an embroiderer in detailMimì captures the heart of the poet Rodolfo.

JEFF LLOYD-ROBERTS

‘Mae Hireath Yn Y Mor
by Dilys Elwyn-Edwards
Lyrics by Robert Williams Parry
Aria #80 – Sunday 26 July

Direct from Sussex, Jeff Lloyd-Roberts(who some may remember for his second act surprise performance in the title role our production of Peter Grimes)offers us this achingly beautiful Welsh song by Dilys Elwyn-Edwards.

EMMA MATTHEWS

Widmung
from Myrthen, Op.25
by Robert Schumann
Piano Tommaso Pollio
Aria #79 – Saturday 25 July 

Emma Matthews and Tommaso Pollio join us from Perth to perform one of the most popular pieces in piano recital. The piece is from a set of Lieder called Myrthena wedding gift to Clara Wieck, the daughter of Schumann’s longtime piano teacher and mentor. 

JON MASKELL

‘Bella siccome un angelo
from Don Pasquale
by Gaetano Donizetti
Piano Narelle French
Aria #78 – Friday 24 July 

From his home in Toowoomba, baritone Jon Maskell performs Dr Malatesta’s aria Bella siccome un angelo’, from the comic opera Don Pasquale

SUSAN ELLIS

Wanjoo’ (‘Welcome’)
Words and music by Gina Williams
Piano Dr Bradley Voltz
Aria #77 – Thursday 23 July 

Former Opera Queensland Young Artist Susan Ellis performs ‘Wanjoo’ (‘Welcome’) in Noongar, the language spoken by the traditional people in the far south west of Western Australia.

MATTIAS LOWER

‘La serenata 
by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Aria #76 – Wednesday 22 July 

Since he was a young child, Mattias Lower has loved listening to recorded music. While studying at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide he discovered an LP in the University’s library of songs by Paolo Tosti performed by Spanish tenor José Carreras – it was love at first listen. Here Mattias performs the joyous first track from the LP, ‘La serenata’.

RACHAEL CUNNINGHAM

V’adoro pupille
from Julius Caesar
by George Frideric Handel
Piano Narelle French
Aria #75 – Tuesday 21 July 

Soprano Rachael Cunningham performs Handel’s V’adoropupille’ from Act 2 of the opera seria Giulio Cesare in Egitto 

WADE KERNOT 

‘Hine E Hine’
by Princess Te Rangi Pai
and ‘Lo Ta Nu’u’, a traditional Samoan song.
Aria #74 – Monday 20 July 

Join ‘the other’ New Zealand bass Wade Kernot for this traditional Māori lullaby. Not sure how to beat Jud Arthur’s aria on horseback, performed for An Aria A Day 28 May, Wade calls in students from the New Zealand School of Music for backup.

SAM PIPER

‘Core ‘ngrato’
by Salvatore Cardillo 
Aria #73 – Sunday 19 July

Queenslander Sam Piper swaps an opera house for his bedroom and the orchestra for his guitar for this beautiful song from Italy. Cardillo’s richly scored and still popular 1911 romance ‘Core ngrato’ is also known by its lyric CatarìCatarìpecchè me dici sti parole amare.

JOSÉ CARBÓ & JENNA ROBERTSON

‘Dite alla giovine’
from La traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi
Piano Narelle French
Aria #72 – Saturday 18 July

Ahead of his September recital with Opera Queensland, José Carbó performs Verdi’s powerful duet ‘Dite alla giovine’ with Jenna Robertson.

SARAH MURR

‘Where
from The Rabbits
by Kate Miller-Heidke and Lally Katz
Piano Dominic Woodhead
Aria #71 – Friday 17 July

From her home in Townsville, Sarah Murr performs the hauntingly beautiful ‘Where’ from the 2015 opera by Kate Miller-Heidke and Lally Katz, with additional music by Iain Grandage. 

CLARISSA FOULCHER

‘Roses of Picardy’
by Haydn Wood
Piano Narelle French
Aria #70 – Thursday 16 July

To audiences across the globe, and her cherubic newborn son Jasper Douglas, mezzo-soprano Clarissa Foulcher sings us the tender ‘Roses of Picardy’ by Haydn Wood, with lyrics by Frederick Weatherly – her Dad’s favourite song.

MICHAEL HONEYMAN

‘Minnie, dalla mia casa’
from La fanciulla del West
by Giacomo Puccini
Piano Narelle French
Aria #69 – Wednesday 15 July

Michael Honeyman performs Jack Rance’s aria from La fanciulla del West, which Puccini wrote after the acclaimed ‘Madama Butterfly’.

LEANNE KENNEALLY WARNOCK

L’invitation au voyage
by Henri Duparc
Piano Alex Raineri
Aria #68 – Tuesday 14 July

Explore the rich melody of Duparc’s 1872 work ‘L’invitation au voyage’ for Bastille Day with soprano Leanne Kenneally Warnock. Taking its lyrics from a poem by Charles BaudelaireDuparc’s L’invitation au voyage’ is one of the most famous melodies of all time.

LEON WARNOCK

Questo amorvergogna mia 
from Edgar
by Giacomo Puccini 
Piano Narelle French
Aria #67 – Monday 13 July

Described by baritone Leon Warnock as one of the most beautiful songs to singis Puccini’s Questo amor, vergogna miafrom his opera Edgar. This powerful and painful declaration of unrequited love emerges when Frank sings to his childhood friend Tigrana, who refuses his pleas, feeling it their long friendship makes it impossible.

KATIE RUTLEDGE

L’heure exquise
by Reynaldo Hahn
Piano Narelle French
Aria #66 – Sunday 12 July

Based on a poem by the French writer Paul Verlaine, L’heure exquise’ is one of Hahn’s best known pieces. The composer perfectly captures the image of a moon-drenched evening, a scene vividly brought to life by the exceptional talent of soprano Katie Rutledge. 

PAUL WHELAN

‘At the River’
from Old American Songs
by Aaron Copland
Piano Bradley Moore
Aria #65 – Saturday 11 July

From New York, where he has been in lockdown for many months, Paul Whelan performs ‘At the River’, the fourth song in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, Set 2. 

DIMITY SHEPHERD

Dido’s Lament
from Dido and Aeneas
by Henry Purcell
Aria #64 – Friday 10 July

Just as Victorians are again forced into lockdown, Dimity Shepherd and a slew of creative friends bring us the titular character’s Lament ‘When I am laid in earth’ from Purcell’Dido and Aeneas. 

DANE LAM & SOFIA TRONCOSO

Sul fil d’un soffio etesio
from Falstaff
by Giuseppe Verdi
Aria #63 – Thursday 9 July

From lockdown in London, Queenslander Dane Lam and ‘honouree’ Queenslander Sofia Troncoso bring us the joyful ‘Sul fil d’un soffio etesio, from Verdi’s final opera Falstaff. 

XENIA PUSKARZ THOMAS

Beautiful Dreamer 
by Stephen C. Foster
Aria #62 – Wednesday 8 July

From her home in Brisbane, Xenia Puskarz Thomas performs Stephen Foster’s popular parlour song ‘Beautiful Dreamer’. The sentimental ballad was published posthumously in 1864 and was reported to have been composed just days prior to the American songwriters death.

DOMINIC WALSH

‘A wand’ring minstrel I’
from The Mikado
by Gilbert & Sullivan
Piano Dr Edgar Chan
Aria #61 – 6pm Tuesday 7 July

Dominic Walsh sang the role of Nanki-Poo performing the  aria ‘A wand’ring minstrel I’ when he made his debut with State Opera of South Australia last year.  

SEAN ANDREWS

’A vucchella 
by Paolo Tosti
Piano Narelle French
Aria #60 – 6pm Monday 6 July

Take a tour of Sean Andrews’ recording studio as he shares with us Paolo Tosti’s ‘’A vucchella’. Tosti composed this piece in the tradition of a Neapolitan song with lyrics by 19th century poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. 

BREE MEARA-HENDY

‘Que fais-tu blanche tourterelle’
from Roméo et Juliette
by Charles Gounod
Aria #59 – 6pm Sunday 5 July

One of Bree Meara-Hendy’s favourite pieces, in the song Stéphano taunts the Capulets, using the image of white dove as Juliette that will one day fly free.  

SIMON LOBELSON

‘Danse macabre’ 
by Camille Saint-Saëns 
Piano Alan Hicks
Aria #58 – 6pm Saturday 4 July

Putting on his hat as French coach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Simon Lobelson brings us Saint-Saëns’ ‘Danse macabre’, a song he has sung for many years.

MEAGAN MILLER

‘Crickets’
by Thomas Cipullo
Piano Kristen Okerlund
Aria #57 – 6pm Friday 3 July

Composed specifically for her, Thomas Cipullo wrote ‘Crickets’ for Meagan Miller to premiere at a 2001 concert commemorating the millennium. The song, which Meagan describes as one of the most meaningful pieces in her repertoire, explores the power of art in the world today, as well as the survival of artists.  

TREVOR JONES

‘Tenterfield Saddler’
by Peter Allen
Aria #56 – 6pm Thursday 2 July

This song and performer require little introduction. From his new home in Christchurch Trevor Jones performs Peter Allen’s iconic ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, a song that means ‘so much to so many Australians’.

SILVIA COLLOCA

‘O del mio dolce amor’
from Paris and Helen
by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Piano Michael Leonardi
Aria #55 – 6pm Wednesday 1 July

Silvia Colloca performs Gluck’s tender ‘O del mio dolce amor’, an aria from the first act of Paris and Helen. While the aria is often performed in concerts and recital, the rarely performed opera follows on from Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice as the third of Gluck’s ‘reform’ operas.

OLIVER BOYD

‘Deh, vieni alla finestra’
from Don Giovanni
by W. A. Mozart
Arrangement by Narelle French
Aria #54 – 6pm Tuesday 30 June

Oliver Boyd performs Don Giovanni’s serenade to a young chamber maid, ‘Ah, come to the window’, but with a twist. Instead of serenading his subject from outside the window, Oliver sings to us from his bedroom, where he longs for the return of normal life.

LOUISE DORSMAN

‘Se tu m’ami, se sospiri’
attr. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Piano Narelle French
Aria #53 – 6pm Monday 29 June

Mezzo-soprano Louise Dorsman performs this somewhat scandalous aria, full of gossip and cheek, prompting her to reminisce on her early career, collaborating with former colleagues.

 

PETAH CHAPMAN

‘Ave Maria’
by Franz Schubert
Aria #52 – 6pm Sunday 28 June

An Aria A Day audience will be very familiar with ‘Ave Maria’ and the many versions of the classic song. Petah Chapman brings us Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, accompanying herself on guitar.

BRADLEY DALEY

‘Vesti la giubba’
from Pagliacci
by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Piano Narelle French
Aria #51 – 6pm Saturday 27 June

Bradley Daley performs the much loved ‘Vesti la giubba’ from Pagliacci, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s only opera that is still performed in opera houses across the world.

VICTORIA LAMBOURN

‘Dudarai’
by Maria Egorovna Rykina
Arrangement by Victoria Lambourn
Aria #50 – 6pm Friday 26 June

Former Opera Queensland Young Artist Victoria Lambourn performs her own arrangement of the popular Kazakh folk song ‘Dudarai’. Victoria sings in both Kazakh and Mandarin in this performance.

 

DANIEL SMERDON

‘Leave me, loasthsome light’
from Semele
by George Frideric Handel
Aria #48 – 6pm Wednesday 24 June

Brisbane baritone Daniel Smerdon has spent lockdown polishing his cello playing skills, an instrument his first studied before turning to voice. For this passionate performance, Daniel accompanies himself not once, not twice – but five times, creating a virtual cello quintet. Join Daniel in his parents’ home for this rousing rendition of Somnus’ Act 3 aria from Handel’s Semele.

JESSICA ASZODI

Komponist’s Aria
from Ariadne auf Naxos
by Richard Strauss
Piano Daniel Carter
Aria #47 – 6pm Tuesday 23 June

From her living room in Berlin, Jessica Aszodi brings us Strauss’ powerful Komponist’s aria, ‘Sein wir wieder gut’ celebrating the power of music – an art form that has the power to bring us much joy during these uncertain times.

JEREMY KLEEMAN

‘An Sylvia’
by Franz Schubert
Piano Sharolyn Kimmorley
Aria #46 – 6pm Monday 22 June

Jeremy Kleeman was a member of the cast of our 2019 production Oscar and Lucinda. From his flat in London, where he is studying at the Royal College of Music, Jeremy performs Schubert’s ‘An Sylvia’ for his wife Josie and a global online audience as part of An Aria A Day.

 

ANNIE LOWER

‘Les filles de Cadix’
by Léo Delibes
Piano Mattias Lower
Aria #45 – 6pm Sunday 21 June

From their Queensland home, Annie Lower and her husband Mattias bring us the joyful frivolity of ‘Les filles de Cadix‘ by the French composer Clément Philibert Léo Delibes, best known for his 1883 opera Lakmé. 

SCOTT SAUNDERS

‘They all die in the end’
Original work by Scott Saunders
Aria #44 – 6pm Saturday 20 June

Scott Saunders was the Co-Musical Director on Opera Queensland’s Songs To Die For, our 2019 production exploring some of the great death scenes in the operatic canon. Taking his cue from the likes of Mozart and Noel Coward, Scott wrote ‘They all die in the end’ in the style of a ‘list song’ celebrating the many inventive ways people meet their end in opera.

EMMA PEARSON

‘Du bist die Ruh”
by Franz Schubert 
Piano Narelle French
Aria #43 – 6pm Friday 19 June

Surrounded by birdsong, Emma Pearson performs this peaceful and tranquil song from her home in Wellington. The simple melody in no way suggests how challenging Schubert’s composition is to sing, made to look effortless here by Emma.

 

BRYAN PROBETS

‘Nightmare Song’
from Iolanthe
by Gilbert & Sullivan
Piano Narelle French
Aria #42 – 6pm Thursday 18 June

Written at the peak of Gilbert and Sullivan’s creative years and their seventh work together, Iolanthe tells the story of a fairy who has been banished from fairyland due to her outlawed marriage to a mortal. British actor and singer Bryan Probets performs the Lord Chancellor’s ‘Nightmare Song’ in which he describes a nightmare caused by his unrequited love for Phyllis, an Arcadian shepherdess and Ward in Chancery. Interestingly, Sullivan’s music for the fairies reflects Richard Wagner’s style, including a distinctive four-note theme associated with the character of Iolanthe.

JADE MOFFAT

‘Connais tu le pays’
from Mignon
by Ambroise Thomas
Piano Narelle French
Aria #41 – 6pm Wednesday 17 June

Mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat brings us Mignon’s aria in which she reminisces over her native land of which she has only vague memories. Feeling a little homesick as summer approaches, Jade performs this stirring piece from lockdown in London.

BERNARD WHEATON

‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’
by Thomas Moore
Piano Ming Leung
Aria #40 – 6pm Tuesday 16 June

This popular Irish folk song ‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’ was written in 1808 by Irish poet Thomas Moore using a traditional Irish air. As Bernard Wheaton explains here in his introduction, it is thought that after Moore’s wife, Elizabeth, contracted smallpox she was badly scarred and refused to leave her room, believing herself ugly and unlovable. To convince her his love was unwavering, Moore composed the ‘Endearing’ poem which he set to an old Irish melody and sang outside her bedroom door.

 

REBECCA CASSIDY

‘Ave Maria’
from Otello
by Giuseppe Verdi
Arrangement by Narelle French
Aria #39 – 6pm Monday 15 June

Opera Queensland’s 2020 Young Artist Rebecca Cassidy shares Verdi’s heart-rending ‘Ave Maria’. The character of Desdemona prays for all the people who suffer as much as she does. But her prayers won’t stop the jealous Otello from murdering her in this poignant aria from the last act of Verdi’s great opera.

IAIN HENDERSON

‘Questa o quella’
from Rigoletto
by Giuseppe Verdi
Piano Narelle French

Aria #38 – 6pm Sunday 14 June  

The Duke of Mantua’s entrance aria from Verdi’s 1851 work tells of the Duke’s debauched antics after meeting an unknown beauty in church. Tenor Iain Henderson chose to perform this piece from Rigoletto – the last production he was in with the Glyndebourne Opera House in East Sussex before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. He performs this aria from his parents’ Brisbane home where he will be until he can return safely to the UK.

NATALIE AROYAN

‘Ritorna vincitor’
from Aida
by Giuseppe Verdi
Piano Dr Alex Sahagian
Aria #37 – 6pm Saturday 13 June

Natalie Aroyan, who is set to sing the role of Aida in Opera Queensland’s 2020 production, brings us Verdi’s stirring aria ‘Ritorna vincitor’. Natalie is joined by Dr Alex Sahagian, who has been working on the frontline of the Covid-19 response. He spent his day off accompanying Natalie in his home.

 

TIMOTHY NEWTON

‘Vecchia zimarra’
from La bohème
by Giacomo Puccini
Aria #36 – 6pm Friday 12 June

On the edge of death Mimì says that her hands are cold, so in order to buy her something to keep her warm, the philosopher Colline decides to sell his old overcoat, to which he sings farewell. Brisbane-based bass Timothy Newton brings us this sad farewell to treasured possessions, not unlike performers who have bid farewell to the stage during Covid-19 lockdown.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

MARCUS COROWA

‘Fragmented Pieces’
Original work 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.

WAGNER DOUBLE BILL

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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