The emerging singers and alumni of Pacific Opera present the sonnets of Shakespeare in a recital of art song settings under the musical direction of Simon Kenway. They will the relationship between Shakespeare’s words and their relevance today through the bard’s words set to music by Mendelssohn, Verdi, Gounod, Quilter, Finzi and more.
Although it has been 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, his words live on. His plays are still performed everywhere, and his words have been adapted to every medium of entertainment that our popular culture enjoys. Classical music is no exception, and many of Shakespeare’s sonnets and verses have been adapted into art songs and full-length operas.
Pacific Opera is a non-profit arts organisation that exists to provide training and performance opportunities to the young stars of tomorrow’s opera stage, both within Australia and across the world. More than 100 of Pacific Opera’s young artists throughout the years have gone on to find employment within the profession, gracing stages in Australasia, the UK, the USA and across Europe. Led by artistic director Simon Kenway, Pacific Opera’s young artists enjoy an annual program of rigorous training in musical, professional and industry skills to further develop them into successful operatic artists.
Suitable for all ages. Sung in English