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Published January 31st 2019
For classical and opera lovers to enjoy
If you enjoy classical music or opera this is a list of the top 5 such events during February and through to April 2019.
No Regrets - The Edith Piaf Story This production, based on the life of legendary Parisian singer Edith Piaf, is told through song and story. It will be played in both French and English and is a fascinating and romantic story featuring classic numbers from Edith Piaf's repertoire such as La Vie En Rose, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and other classical pieces.
No Regrets is a tale of passion, tragedy and triumph and you will hear songs from her earliest times as a performer. Originally she was singing on street corners and eventually went on to become the toast of Paris and New York. Her tragic and untimely death was a very sad event and this show is for lovers of all things French.
Most of these shows are already booked out, so you need to hurry as there is just one left for Thursday 11th April 2019. It will be held at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne. Tickets will cost $40 and you can get yours at this link. At the time of writing this article, there were also standing room tickets available for 22nd February.
This evening will feature The Parlour with Rose Kavanagh playing the violin. This was originally written for the great concert halls of Europe, however, there is something quite amazing at hearing an opera under the stars. This opera is a classic and a very popular one. Rose Kavanagh is a talented violinist and a talent show winner and this will be a beautiful evening of classical music.
It will be on Saturday 16th February, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury Road, Canterbury. It is a free event and you can find out more here.
Mozart by Moonlight This special concert under the stars will be in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and presented in conjunction with the Melbourne Opera Company.
This will be a magnificent evening of arias from some of Mozart's best-known operas. They will be performed by some of Melbourne's most accomplished up and coming stars. You can bring a picnic blanket and some food and enjoy this in such special surroundings.
It will be held on Sunday 17th February, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm and will be presented by the Australian Shakespeare Company. Tickets will cost $50 and you can book yours here.
Sunday Classics: Summer Inventi Ensemble will present the first concert of the year and it will be a five-instrument arrangement of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. You can hear this work performed by the musicians of Inventi Ensemble and this includes some beautiful flute and oboe quartets.
These concerts during the year will feature chamber music concerts in the beautiful Chandelier Room. This one will be held on 24th February, at 2.00 pm. The address is the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
The cost is $18 and you can book your tickets here.
Opera in the Market
Queen Victoria Market will be holding an opera at the market and for one night only the market will be transformed into an unusual one! The popular fruit and vegetable stalls will be replaced by front stalls as the opera plays on the centre stage. While you are watching some famous operas you will be able to sip on some fine wine and eat some delicious food. Their great selection of food vans will be there for you to choose from and these will be available to buy before the start of the concert and also during the interval.
There will be four of Australia's most successful operatic stars here and it will be on Monday 4th March from 7.45 pm till 10.30 pm. The gates will open at 5.40 pm at K Shed. Tickets will cost from $73 to $380 for premium packages and you can buy yours here and find out more about pricing and the event here.