• Petrus and Celeste Botes with Alison Pratt and Hugh Withycombe

    Petrus and Celeste Botes with Alison Pratt and Hugh Withycombe

  • Barbara Jane Gilby and Tim Shaw

    Barbara Jane Gilby and Tim Shaw

  • Joan and Peter Holden

    Joan and Peter Holden

  • Sylvia Tulloch, Tim Shaw, Jeff Quirk and Dianne Anderson with in front Yvonne Simmington

    Sylvia Tulloch, Tim Shaw, Jeff Quirk and Dianne Anderson with in front Yvonne Simmington

  • Chris and John Faulks

    Chris and John Faulks

  • Lucille Halloran, Elizabeth McGrath and Henry Laska

    Lucille Halloran, Elizabeth McGrath and Henry Laska

  • Lyndon Terracini, Renee Goosens and John Painter

    Lyndon Terracini, Renee Goosens and John Painter

  • Michael Carr and Cherisse Lyons

    Michael Carr and Cherisse Lyons

  • Chellie Melbourne and her daughter Penny Williamson

    Chellie Melbourne and her daughter Penny Williamson

  • Melanie Kontz, Bronte Forrester and Diana Forrester

    Melanie Kontz, Bronte Forrester and Diana Forrester

  • Paul Lindwall and Joanne Frederiksen

    Paul Lindwall and Joanne Frederiksen

  • CSO CEO Sarah Kimball with Tim Shaw

    CSO CEO Sarah Kimball with Tim Shaw

  • Kate Gorman and Ginger Gorman

    Kate Gorman and Ginger Gorman

  • Loreign Randall

    Loreign Randall

  • Douglas Lim and Angela Tsang

    Douglas Lim and Angela Tsang

  • Dulip and Sudarshani Seneviratne

    Dulip and Sudarshani Seneviratne

  • Steve Dodt and Belinda Rowe.

    Steve Dodt and Belinda Rowe.

  • Mali Wijesundara and Namal Perera with Helen and Andrew Challinor

    Mali Wijesundara and Namal Perera with Helen and Andrew Challinor

  • Mark Lanham and Angela Patch with Jacinta Zhane and Sunny Sun

    Mark Lanham and Angela Patch with Jacinta Zhane and Sunny Sun

  • Mallory and Dan Dan Anderson with Ei Myatt and Paul Prowse

    Mallory and Dan Dan Anderson with Ei Myatt and Paul Prowse

  • Bec and Adam Smith

    Bec and Adam Smith

Icon Water Opera Gala @ Llewellyn Hall

2 July 2016

The Icon Water sponsored Canberra Symphony Orchestra Opera Gala at Llewellyn Hall was a perfect escape from the finale to the eight week election with the number crunching, opinions and performances of the pundits destined for non-stop broadcasting on the usual networks. Why bother, we’d had enough and so let music soothe our jangled nerves. Some of the audience members did relay the current state of the voting, but that became irrelevant as the night wore on.

For Icon Water the night started early with a dinner in the Larry Sitsky rehearsal room to celebrate their continued support of this night of music and singing.

 And for all who chose this concert as their ‘election party’ it was no Don’s Party but certainly uplifting, entertaining and masterful with the CSO joined by soloists from Opera Australia in a program of familiar works conducted by Stanley Dodds.

The soloists, soprano Stacey Alleaume, tenor Simon Kim and mezzo-soprano Anna Yun, all have significant repertoires and international experience and performed to their strengths in a program that interspersed performance by them with that of the orchestra. Anna Yun opened the performing with Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen, Stacey Alleaume excelled singing Gounod’s Jewel Song from Faust as did Simon Kim singing Puccini’s E lucevan le stele from Tosca.

We’d been wowed but there was more with a finale to please those of us not afraid to admit we love the famous arias that enjoy commercial success and that included Delibes Flower Duet from Lakme soaring to the heights with Alleaume and Yun and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from Turandot closing the concert with Kim. ‘None shall sleep’ ( Nessun Dorma) wrote Puccini. None knew how true it proved to be for the political tragics glued to their televisions.