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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.