Penrith Symphony Orchestra will combine with soloists from Opera Australia and a chorus of more than a hundred voices to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.

This magnificent masterpiece will be heard live for the first time in Penrith on Saturday 3 September, under the baton of the orchestra’s artistic director Paul Terracini, and its dramatic sound is guaranteed to stir the emotions and raise the roof.

TAMBURINIAnna Yun Headshot Colour 2014 copyFour outstanding operatic soloists will be a major highlight: soprano Annabelle Chaffey, mezzo-soprano Anna Yun, tenor Jin Tea Kim and bass Adrian Tamburini. Their appearance is made possible through Opera Australia as principal performance partner.

Concerts with chorus are a popular fixture in the orchestra’s annual calendar. On this occasion the expanded chorus, directed by Lucy McAlary, includes the elite Sydney Chamber Choir in combination with three local choirs – Penrith City Choir, Academy Singers and Warrimoo Chorale. Sydney Chamber Choir, whose own concert at The Joan earlier this year with its current music director Richard Gill attracted a packed house, is one of Australia’s leading choirs and an international prize-winning ensemble.

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008 Paul TerraciniVerdi’s setting of the Latin Mass for the Dead is like no other. In music ranging from sacred devotion to operatic high drama, it lays bare the entire gamut of human emotions.

“As an opera singer, there are a number of concert works that I hope to perform and Verdi’s Requiem would have to be at the top of the list,” Adrian Taburini said.“Written by one of the greatest operatic composers of all time, the Requiem is a liturgical piece set to truly dramatic music. Like all his operas, Verdi has infused passion, pathos, sensuality and hope into this Requiem. I dare anyone not to be moved by the music of this masterwork.”

Tamburini has recently performed principal roles in Opera Australia productions of Bizet’s “Carmen”, Puccini’s “La Bohème” and Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges”.

Annabelle Chaffey - IMGP6572Annabelle Chaffey, a full-time member of the OA chorus, has sung principal roles with it and with the state opera companies, and is a seasoned soloist on the concert platform in major works including Beethoven’s ninth symphony.

Russian-born mezzo Anna Yun recently appeared in “The Magic Flute” with OA, and later this year both she and Tamburini will appear in “Sydney Opera House: The Opera” (a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder). Jin Tea Kim recently played the Prince of Persia in Puccini’s “Turandot” (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2016).

Verdi’s Requiem begins at 8pm on Saturday 3 September at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, with a free pre-concert talk by the conductor at 7.20pm. This performance is expected to sell out, so book without delay to avoid disappointment.

Tickets, from $28 to $57, are available at the box office at the Joan, phone 02 4723 7600 or online at www.thejoan.com.au.