• Susanne Roberts and Michael Thorn

    Susanne Roberts and Michael Thorn

  • Sarah Burk and Edward Paterson

    Sarah Burk and Edward Paterson

  • Olga and Dominic  De Marco

    Olga and Dominic De Marco

  • Mark and Nor Blumer

    Mark and Nor Blumer

  • Mandy and Lou Westende

    Mandy and Lou Westende

  • Ellnor Grasby and Jenny Muir

    Ellnor Grasby and Jenny Muir

  • Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Graziella Fabrizi

    Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Graziella Fabrizi

  • Tereasa Zarlenga, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Anne-Sophie Hermann

    Tereasa Zarlenga, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Anne-Sophie Hermann

  • Chunchai and Joe Giugni

    Chunchai and Joe Giugni

  • Anne-Sophie Hermann and Chris Moraitis with Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

    Anne-Sophie Hermann and Chris Moraitis with Svetlana Sharapa Zazo

  • Angie Piao and Jessica Connolly

    Angie Piao and Jessica Connolly

  • Alan Hicks, Christine Wilsoan, Karfen Fitz-Gibbon and Christopher Lincoln Bobb

    Alan Hicks, Christine Wilsoan, Karfen Fitz-Gibbon and Christopher Lincoln Bobb

  • Teresa Zarlenga.

    Teresa Zarlenga.

An Evening of Italian Opera and Song

11 October 2014

With style and grace Svetlana Sharapa Zazo, wife of the Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo, hosted solo for the Evening of Italian Opera and Song that had been planned for some time but didn’t count on plane delays from the Soloman Islands where he was on his diplomatic visit. But it was a team effort with opera lover and able organizer Teresa Zarlenga joining Svetlana and Anne-Sophie Herman whose organisation, Buk Bilong Pikinini, was the beneficiary of this fundraiser.

Buk bilong Pikinini was established in 2007 to provide dedicated libraries for children to help improve the literacy rate in Papua New Guinea that is reckoned at 50% with targeted programs for early childhood learning. The latest library, number 16, was opened on Manus Island in June this year and demonstrates the success of this simple concept.

The evening’s musical menu was a delicious selection of favourites from Puccini, Rossini and Verdi with Alan Hicks at the piano, his lovely wife mezzosopano  Christina Wilson, soprano Karen Fitz-Gibbon and tenor Christopher Lincoln Bogg performing, and a perfect evening to enjoy supper in the courtyard of this beautiful embassy, a perfect venue for this special soiree.