Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rossini's Petite Messe Sollennelle

Location: St Marks Church, Fitzroy
To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Gloriana presents a special performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Sollennelle. Scored for choir, soloists, piano and harmonium, it is one of Rossini's most important and fascinating works.

Paradoxically being neither little, solemn nor especially liturgical in spirit, the miracle of the Petite Messe Sollennelle is that in the end it is also deeply moving. Gloriana is joined by soprano Danielle Calder, mezzo Caroline Vercoe, tenor Jacob Caine, bass-baritone Sam Dundas, Elyane Laussade on piano and Christopher Cook on harmonium.

Sunday 14 June 2009 at 2:30pm
St Mark's Anglican Church 250 George Street Fitzroy Mel 2CC9
Tickets $25 pre-purchased or $30 at the door

Danielle Calder completed her Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was the winner of the Sleath Lowrey Rotary Scholarship and the Armstead Singing Scholarship. She also won the 2005 Dame Joan Hammond Greenroom Award. Danielle is currently a member of the Victorian Opera Developing Artists' Program and appeared as Giannetta in their recent production of The Elixir of Love.

Caroline Vercoe began her operatic training at the Victorian College of the Arts under the tuition of Dame Joan Hammond. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Caroline began her professional operatic career with the VSO Schools Company. She has since performed in principal roles with Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, TSO and most recently sang the mezzo solo in Verdi's Requiem in the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Philarmonia.

Jacob Caine studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and has appeared in principal and featured roles as a chorister and soloist for Opera Australia, OzOpera, Melbourne Opera and Victorian Opera. In 2009 Jacob will perform the roles of Alfredo (La Traviata), and Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos). Jacob is currently a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera.

Sam Dundas is a graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music. His performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concerts and he has performed throughout Australia and also New Zealand. His concert repertoire includes Pilatus (St John Passion), Bass Soloist (Mozart Requiem) and concerts with the TSO, MSO, SASO, WASO, Auckland Philharmonic, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera.

Elyane Laussade's orchestral debut at age thirteen brought immediate recognition of her sensitivity and interpretative flair. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Dr Laussade's concerts have led her across the United States from New York City's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall to South Africa, Australia and Europe. She now teaches at the Melba Conservatorium, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Christopher Cook has been Director of Music at St Peter's Church Eastern Hill (1994-2002) and an organ lecturer for the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and Monash Universities. Currently a Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, Christopher recently returned to Melbourne after five years in Brisbane, where he was Director of Music at St John's Cathedral.

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