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You are invited to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the premiere of Béla Bartók’s powerful opera, Bluebeard’s Castle.
Pure Harmony Music & Events’ director, international opera singer Adrian Tamburini will be making his role debut as the barbarous Duke Bluebeard, and is delighted to announce that Internationally renowned, Australian soprano Zara Barrett will sing the role of his loving and naïve new wife, Judith.
They will both be joined by members of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Christopher van Tuinen (Music Director- West Australian Opera; Artistic Director- Lost and Found Opera).
Sung in the original Hungarian, this concert version of the opera will feature Maestro van Tuinen’s own re-orchestration for 23-piece chamber orchestra and use the mighty 1973 Pogson Pipe Organ in the befitting majesty of Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Béla Baláz’s libretto is an adaption from Charles Perrault’s 1697 story, La Barbe Bleue and is a perfect vehicle to accompany the evocative expressionist music of Bartók at his peak. This opera is a masterwork of the 20th century canon with its richly descriptive music and deeply psychological narrative - love poised against sadness; joy against suffering; life against death.
This strictly limited season has been scheduled on July 24th and 25th, 2019 at 7:30pm, some 101 years after the premiere performance in the Royal Hungarian Opera House, Budapest.
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is arguably New South Wales’ finest community orchestra. Formed in 1965, the WSO has won countless awards, and has recorded and performed continuously to sell-out audiences ever since. Its current membership is a mixture of talented amateur and experienced professional musicians. Their Chief Conductor is internationally renowned Maestro Nicholas Milton.
Pure Harmony Music & Events was formed in 2004, initially as a Music School, but soon expanded to produce concerts and events throughout Australia. The largest and most successful production to date was the 2017 concert in the Art Centre Melbourne’s, Hamer Hall, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacres with a performance of the Symphony 13- Babi Yar by Dmitri Shostakovich. Concluding with a standing ovation, this sold-out concert has been broadcast on ABC Classic and 3MBS radio stations and has been screened in Jewish Film Festivals in the USA and Israel.
As you will appreciate, Pure Harmony Music & Events will need significant philanthropic and financial support to be able to stage this event in such a world-class venue as Verbrugghen Hall. We hope to rouse the interest of Australia’s greatest philanthropists, visionary businesses and foundations, particularly those who have connections to the Hungarian Community, to help make this dream of ours a reality.
Our aim for this performance is to share the incomparable power of music with local audiences, to continue Sydney’s history of high quality and life-changing music-making and to showcase the incredible local Australian musical talent we have in this country.
The budget for Bluebeard’s Castle has been prepared in detail. In addition to venue costs, the budget covers the cost of rehearsal venue hire, conductor, key musicians, travel and accommodation, music hire and performance rights, musical instrument and equipment hire, as well as ticketing, ushering and stage management.
Through a generous collaboration with the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) every donation pledged to this concert will be Tax Deductible. Donations can easily be made online (www.australianculturalfund.org.au) or by calling (03) 9616 0326.
Although we will accept any kind donation, big or small, our Patron Program will ensure that our generous donors are appropriately recognised in the program, and on key advertising, to honour their generosity and support for such a worthy and memorable concert.