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For Operatunity winners Roy Best and Emily Burke MELBOURNE OPERA KNOCKS.
Roy Best and Emily Burke have sung to an audience of a million people. But when they take the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre on Saturday September 1 they will realise an ambition they’ve held since childhood: a new career, professional performers in a fully staged operatic season. Melbourne Opera has cast both in principal roles in its double bill presented over five performances at The Athenaeum Theatre in September.
Melbourne Opera’s double bill of two of the greatest verismo operas contrasts the cloistered world of Sister Angelica and the brutal machismo of rural Sicily, but both operas share one thing: passion. Director Hugh Halliday says the double bill will give audiences a unique treat: a seldom seen Puccini, and Mascagni’s dramatic masterpiece, together at the one performance.
Puccini’s Suor Angelica starring Joanna Cole, Sue Braatveldt, Maxine Montgomery & Cecily Woodberry, with Emily Burke
Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana starring Roy Best, Suzanne Donald, and Gary Rowley
Melbourne Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Directed by Hugh Halliday
Conducted by Greg Hocking & Rick Prakhoff
CAST - SOUR ANGELICA
|Sister Angelica||Joanna Cole||Nursing Sister||Lee Abrahmsen|
|The Princess||Sue Braatvedt||Touriere 1||Emily Burke|
|The Abbess||Cecily Woodberry||Tourniere 2||Cheryl Darvidis & Laura Slavin|
|The Monitor||Kerrie Bolton||The Novice||Jodie Jay|
|Mistress of Novices||Selene Pettifer||Lay Sister 1||Melodee Faulkner|
|Sister Genevieve||Maxine Montgomery||Lay Sister 2||Wendy Trent|
|Sister Osmina||Ann Fischers & Giuliana D'Appio||Virgin Mother||Sue Robertson|
|Sister Dolcina||Anna-Louise Cole||Child||Adam Smith & Matthew Ravenarki|
CAST - CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
|Alfio||Gary Rowley & Adrian Tamburini|
|Mamma Lucia||Sue Braatvedt|