Soaring with the exuberance of the great stage musicals and enriched with the passion of grand opera, From Broadway to La Scala has become one of the most popular orchestral concerts on the entertainment calendar.
From Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mozart to Lerner and Loewe, Verdi and Bizet to Sondheim, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this biennial concert event is renowned for its thrilling presentation of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.
Performed by six of Australia’s finest singers including the magnificent award winning lyric coloratura soprano Emma Matthews, greatly loved tenor David Hobson, acclaimed bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West End/Broadway star Caroline O’Connor and the brilliant young Australian tenor Alexander Lewis, fresh from his starring role in Opera Australia’s hugely successful West Side Story, the most popular Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour to date.
They will be joined by Genevieve Kingsford, who made her debut as Fiona in The Production Company’s acclaimed presentation of ‘Brigadoon’, for which she was nominated as best Leading Actress in a musical at the Greenroom Awards.
The richly varied program abounds in solos, duets and ensembles on a scale rarely if ever seen on the concert hall stage.
Backed by a full orchestra under music director Vanessa Scammell, From Broadway to La Scala will transport audiences with a richly entwined repertoire of all time classics, drawn from two of the world’s most enduringly popular musical genres.
The producers, Andrew McKinnon and Phil Bathols, and director Tyran Parke, have no doubt this will be the finest From Broadway to La Scala yet.
“The two directors reckon there is enough stuff to do ten of these. Bring it on” – Elizabeth Silsbury, The Advertiser
From Broadway To La Scala has also captivated audiences on Foxtel Arts and is now a best selling CD and DVD since its release by ABC Classics.
Broadway Medley – including highlights from ‘South Pacific’, ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ – Performed by Full Company
You Are My Heart’s Delight – From ‘The Land of Smiles’ by Franz Lehár – Performed by Alex
La donna è mobile – from ‘Rigoletto’ by Verdi – performed by David
Toreador – from ‘Carmen’ by Bizet – Performed by Teddy
The Bell Song – from ‘Lakmé’ by Léo Delibes – Performed by Emma
Broadway Baby – from ‘Follies by Stephen Sondheim – Performed by Caroline
All I Ask of You – from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber – Performed by Alex and Genevieve
The Humming Chorus – from ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Puccini – Performed by Full Company
Anthem – from ‘Chess’, Tim Rice, Benny and Bjorn – Performed by Alex
A Little Priest – from ‘Sweeney Todd’ by Stephen Sondheim – Performed by Teddy and Caroline
Brindisi (The Drinking Song) – from ‘La Traviata’ by Verdi – Performed by Full Company
– Interval –
Till There Was You – from ‘The Music Man’ by Meredith Wilson – Performed by Genevieve
Almost Like Being in Love – from ‘Brigadoon’ by Lerner and Loewe – Performed by David and Genevieve
Sull’Aria – from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ by Mozart – Performed by Emma and Genevieve. This duet had a resurgence in the film Shawshank Redemption as featured in this clip
If I were a Rich Man – from ‘Fiddler of the Roof’ by Bock and Harnick – Performed by Teddy
Pirate King – from ‘Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert and Sullivan – Performed by David
Master of the House – from ‘Les Misérables’ by Boubil and Schonberg – Performed by David and Caroline
Love Unspoken – from ‘The Merry Widow’ by Franz Lehár – Performed by Emma and Alex
Maybe this Time – from ‘Cabaret’ by Kander and Ebb – Performed by Caroline
West Side Story Medley – from ‘West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim – Performed by Full Company
O Mio Babbino Caro – from ‘Gianni Schicchi’ by Puccini – Performed by Emma. This aria was featured in the film ‘A Room with a View’
Au Fond du Temple Saint – the duet for a tenor and baritone from ‘The Pearl Fishers’ by Bizet. This duet was chosen as Australia’s favourite song in the ‘Love: Music of Passion and Heartbreak Countdown’ by ABC Classic FM listeners.
Make our Garden Grow – from ‘Candide’ by Leonard Bernstein – Performed by Full Company
Being Alive – from ‘Company’ by Stephen Sondheim – Performed by Full Company
Saturday 7th September – 7:30pm
Perth Concert Hall
Saturday 14th September – 7:30pm
Concert Hall, QPAC
Tuesday 17th September – 7:30pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Thursday 26th September – 7:30pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Saturday 28th September – 1:00pm
For more information visit the From Broadway To La Scala website.