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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sunday 16 July, 2023



Running Time

Approximately 75 minutes.

HSBC is proud to bring you HSBC a world of opera.

As a leading international bank, HSBC’s partnership with Opera Australia opens up a world of cultural diversity and speaks to the timeless connectivity of music that touches audiences around the world.

Together with Opera Australia, HSBC hopes to spread the passion of opera to all by introducing you to some of Australia’s rising stars and celebrating their exceptional talent as we bring you a selection of some of the most famous and well-loved opera pieces from around the world.

This year also marks 50 years of Opera Australia performing at Sydney Opera House. HSBC and Opera Australia look forward to celebrating this milestone with you.

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Meet the singers

Imogen-Faith Malfitano

Imogen-Faith Malfitano is a multi-award-winning soprano with a Bachelor and Masters in Music Studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has received numerous scholarships and performed opera roles, including Adina, Titania, Rosina, and Queen of Hearts. Currently, Imogen is performing as Angelina in Opera Australia's NSW schools tour and will debut as Mimì with Penrith Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Sophie Salvesani

Sophie Salvesani is a rising Australian soprano who recently debuted as Violetta in La Traviata at the Sydney Opera House. She has also played Maria in West Side Story and Rosina in The Barber of Seville and won the 2020 Dame Joan Sutherland Award. She will be playing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and covering Gilda and Olympia in upcoming productions.

Danita Weatherstone

Danita Weatherstone is a rising lyric soprano who recently performed the roles of Mimi in La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House and Micaëla in Carmen on Cockatoo Island. She has won both the Deutsche Opera Award and the Mozarteum Award in which she completed post graduate studies in Salzburg and at the Vienna State Opera. For Opera Australia, Danita has also performed the roles of the young woman (Ghost Sonata), Annina (La Traviata), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the title role of Madame Butterfly (National Tour).

Petah Cavallaro

Petah is a talented soprano who has studied in New York, London, Denmark, and Italy with coaches from renowned opera houses. She has performed as a soloist at Villa Miani in Rome and in the finals of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Petah has also recorded her debut European album and performed with Apollo Opera and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Rebecca Gulinello

Award winning soprano Rebecca Gulinello earned a Bachelor of Music performance (Honors) from the Melbourne Conservatorium in Victoria Australia and completed her Graduate Artist Diploma/Masters at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She is a recipient of The Amelia Joscelyne Scholarship with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust and won her first international competition in the Academy of Vocal Arts annual Giargiari Bel canto Competition. In 2022 she debuted the role of Micaëla in Opera Australia’s Carmen on Cockatoo Island and in 2023 made her role debut as Mimì in La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House.

Tomas Dalton, member of the OA chorus

Tenor Tomas Dalton completed a Bachelor of Music in voice performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and also holds an AMusA in piano. He subsequently undertook further study in Italy as the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Italian Opera Fellowship and the Johnson Bequest. Tomas also won the AOAC Opera Award in 2020.

Alex Sefton, alumna of the OA Young Artist Program

Alexander is a WAAPA graduate and aluma member of Opera Australia’s Young Artist program. For two years he was a member of the Opera Australia Schools Program, performing around New South Wales in productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville. He performed the roles of Marcello, (La Bohème) Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata) and Olin Blitch (Susannah) with Opera New England. With Opera Hunter Alexander played the title roles in their productions of Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro for which he won a CONDA.

The song list

'Ritorna vincitor' from Aida - Verdi

'Caro nome' from Rigoletto  - Verdi

'Jewel Song' from Faust - Gounod

'Che gelida manina' from La Bohème - Puccini

'Micaela's Aria' from Carmen - Bizet

'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from The Magic Flute - Mozart

'Der Hölle Rache' (Queen of the Night) from The Magic Flute Mozart

'Donde lieta usci' from La Bohème - Puccini

'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi - Puccini

‘Au fond du temple saint’ from The Pearlfishers - Bizet

'Nessun dorma' from Turandot - Puccini

The song list is subject to change without notice.