ROMANTIC OPERA: Bernard Wheaton and Celeste Macintosh.
ROMANTIC OPERA: Bernard Wheaton and Celeste Macintosh. David Nielsen

"Most romantic opera of all time" for Ipswich

OPERA Queensland and Ipswich singers have combined their talents to bring "the most romantic opera of all time" to Ipswich Civic Centre.

A performance of La bohème hit the stage recently as part of a world first initiative called Project Puccini.

The project gave hundreds of everyday people across eight regional cities the chance to be trained by professionals and perform in the timeless opera.

A total of 36 adults and 12 children from Ipswich performed in the chorus of the production which took place last Tuesday.

During the show they sang - in Italian - alongside Opera Queensland's principal artists as well as musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The one-off performance attracted a sell-out crowd of more than 600.

Open stage manager Mark Taylor said he was pleased with the community's response to the show. He said it had been a competitive audition process to find the 48 singers for the show.

"We're happy with the talent we've unveiled here," he said.

"It's exciting to bring real opera to Ipswich."

La bohème is set in Paris on a snowy Christmas Eve and tells the story of Mimi and her love affair with poet Rodolfo.

The much-anticipated production had been a year in the making, with Opera Queensland working closely with Ipswich Civic Centre and Ipswich City Council.

For more information on Project Puccini, visit operaq.com.au/project-puccini.

 

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