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CSO Opera Gala

Saturday 18 May, 2019
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 7.30pm

Richard Gill AO In Memoriam

Jessica Cottis Conductor

Jacqueline Porter Soprano

Jeremy Kleeman Bass-baritone

Ticket Prices – $29 to $95

Feel the passion in this year’s Opera Gala Concert. Two of opera’s most exciting young stars—soprano Jacqueline Porter and bass-baritone Jeremy Kleeman—join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in an operatic journey from Monteverdi to Sondheim, with Bizet, Beethoven, Mozart, Gluck, Puccini, Porter and Lehár along the way. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra will present the gems of the operatic repertoire—as well as some hidden treasures—in a concert bound to give you goose bumps.

Featuring excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to the spurned Micaëla’s heartbreaking aria in Carmen and Colline’s touching love song to his favourite coat in La Bohème—not to mention Hanna and Danilo’s tender duet from The Merry Widow—you’ll laugh, sigh and swoon all evening, before the uplifting Sunday from Sondheim’s Broadway hit Sunday in the Park with George will ensure you leave Llewellyn Hall on a high.

MONTEVERDI Orfeo—Overture

GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice Che fiero momento

GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice Overture

GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice—Dance of the Blessed Spirits

MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro

Cinque, dieci, venti/ora si ch’io
Se a caso Madama
Se vuol ballare
Dove sono
Aprite un po’

BEETHOVEN Fidelio op. 72 Overture

BEETHOVEN Fidelio, op. 72 O war itch schon

BIZET Carmen—Prelude and Aragonaise

BIZET Carmen—Intermezzo

BIZET Carmen—Chanson de Toreador

PUCCINI La Bohème—Vecchia zimara

PUCCINI La Bohème—Donde lieta

LEHAR Die lustige Witwe—Lippen schweigen

COLE PORTER Kiss Me Kate—Wunderbar

SONDHEIM Sunday in the Park with George—Sunday


Jacqueline Porter

Jacqueline Porter holds an honours degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts (Italian) from the University of Melbourne and was the recipient of the 2010 Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship.

Equally at home on the operatic stage and the concert platform, Jacqueline appears regularly with Australia’s major symphony orchestras and choral societies. Read More




Photo by Blueprint Studios

Jeremy Kleeman

Jeremy Kleeman is a graduate of Victorian Opera’s Developing Artist Program, and has a Master of Music (Opera Performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In 2014 and 2015, Jeremy was a scholar with Melba Opera Trust on the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award. He has also received Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations, as Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, for the role of Magus in Musica Viva and Victorian Opera’s Voyage to the Moon which toured nationally. Read More



The Saturday Series is a change of pace from the mid-week rhythm. This inspired collection of one-off concerts offers a range of experiences, from a picnic in the gardens of Government House and a grand night at the opera, to an afternoon of chamber classics.