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Opera In The Suburbs

By Christine Chamberlain | Aug 29, 2017
Opera In the Suburbs
Local opera enthusiasts will have a rare chance to see Italian tenor Raffaele Pierno in concert this month.

For the first time ever, Raffaele Pierno and soprano Leslie Martin (The Nightingale) will take audiences on a two-hour journey of Italian music at the Sandgate Town Hall.

Part of the Italian Concert Series, Primavera: Spring into Opera and Classic Italian Songs will also feature concert pianist Leanne Warne.

Raffael Pierno was born in Naples, Italy, and was singing the most demanding operatic repertoire for tenors by the age of 17. He remains a highly sought-after artist, performing at large government and charity events across Australia and the globe.

Audiences will be serenaded by the trio as they shake off winter with songs and arias including excerpts from Don Pasquale by Donizetti, La Traviata by Verdi and The Student Prince.

The concert will also include Johann Strauss’s Voices of Spring and Tosti songs such as Ideale, Marechiare and La Serenata. 

Raffaele and The Nightingale like to include songs an audience can sing along with, including Ciribiribin and Funiculi, Funicula.

To showcase accompanist Leanne Warne and her skill at the piano, they will perform Schubert’s Impromptus and a medley of Strauss Waltzes.

Concert organisers promise an evening not to be forgotten, with traditional costumes and a gelato cart on site for a little taste of Italy.

This one-off performance is a great chance for the Sandgate community to enjoy international and national talent close by. Raffaele’s busy schedule means concerts in the suburbs are very rare.

The Sandgate Town Hall concert will be held on Friday, September 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at (search: Primavera with Raffaele and The Nightingale) or phone 0450 407 750 or 0416 043 785. Tickets are $35 (adult), $30 (concession/groups), $20 (children/students).