Opera at the Dish: Bellini to Broadway

On Saturday night, 8th October, with The Dish as a spectacular backdrop, a magical evening of famous operatic arias and songs from some of Broadway's greatest musicals will be performed on stage by the region's top artists including sopranos Helen Barnett and Julie O'Connor accompanied by the Macquarie philharmonia 47 piece orchestra.

The concert, titled "Bellini to Broadway", is being planned by Parkes Under the Stars, a local community organisation established to deliver the inaugural Opera at The Dish in 2011. The major aim of the event is to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation to assist with their efforts in supplying breast care nurses to regional centres including Parkes.

Be prepared to be musically transported to the great opera houses of Europe with arias by Puccini, Bellini, Mozart and Gounod. In between, there'll be stops on Broadway for wonderful renditions of songs from musicals such as West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady. Conducted by the passionate and talented Mark Shiell, the concert is predicted to both `enchant and inspire' the audience during a night to remember.

For more details visit www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/news_events/opendays/2011/

Date: Saturday 8th October, 2011
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: CSIRO Parkes Observatory
Cost: Tickets are expected to go on sale in May 2011.

The concert is part of the 50th Anniversay of the Parkes Radio Telescope celebrations.