Rachelle Durkin: Metropolitan Magic

In an Australian exclusive, New York based Metropolitan Opera soprano, Rachelle Durkin, will perform Metropolitan Magic for one night only on April 26th at berardo’s restaurant. Rachelle will be coming to Noosa after a month of performing the lead role of Violetta in La Traviata for Opera Australia’s critically acclaimed Opera on the Harbour extravaganza. The production will be screened on Foxtel’s STUDIO channel on Monday 30th April at 8:40pm.

She was last seen in Noosa on the big screen in December as the female lead in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Satyagraha (part of Noosa Cinema’s Opera at the Met season).

As well as performing with The Met over the past decade, Rachelle has performed internationally with Chicago Opera, Hawaii Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonia, Bilboa Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bellingham Music Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall.

In Australia she has performed lead roles with Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland as well as performing as a soloist with many of the state Symphony Orchestras.

Although a much lauded opera singer, Rachelle is equally at home performing cabaret and musical comedy numbers. Metropolitan Magic will not only feature some great opera classics but will also include a little Bernstein, Sondheim etc.

Co-starring with Rachelle will be Mark Coughlan, a highly respected concert pianist, accompanist, musical director and compere, who has performed in Europe, South East Asia & Australia, including a critically acclaimed solo Beethoven recital at Sydney Festival.

This concert heralds the fourth collaboration between the Zonta Club of Noosa, berardo’s restaurant and Philanthropy Initiative Australia in presenting evenings of world class music to raise money for Zonta funded projects.

Previous Zonta concerts at berardo’s have featured Jane Rutter, Taryn Fiebig, Sara Macliver and Andrew Foote and have successfully raised thousands of dollars for such charities as United Synergies and Birth Kits Foundation Australia. Once again, all proceeds from this concert will go to Zonta supported projects including Cooroy Family Support Centre.

Rachelle Durkin: Metropolitan Magic

April 26 at 6pm at berardo’s restaurant & bar

$95 includes 3 course dinner with glass of sparkling wine on arrival plus 2 x 45 minute sets

Bookings: Carole Tretheway of Zonta on 0414 713955

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