Opera at the Channon raises funds and smiles in the sun

Performing from Oprea Austalia Baritone Michael Honeyman, and Mezzo Soprano Margaret Plummer, at Opera at the Channon on Sunday. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Performing from Oprea Austalia Baritone Michael Honeyman, and Mezzo Soprano Margaret Plummer, at Opera at the Channon on Sunday. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

THE Channon's Coronation Park looked like something out of a storybook tale as the glamour of the opera arrived on the Northern Rivers.

A high-powered line-up of stars from Opera Australia, aided by some spectacular weather, drew a total 515 people to this year's Opera at The Channon.

The line-up included Natalie Aoryan, Margaret Plummer, Martin Buckingham, and Michael Honeyman with Tama Matheson acting as compere.

Opera at The Channon is organised by the combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore as a fundraiser for Our House, which provides subsidised accommodation for people needing to use Lismore Base Hospital's cancer unit, and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

"This is one of the best weather days we've ever had," Paul Denmeade of the Opera at The Channon organising committee said.

"In 17 years, this is the best weather I've ever seen."

Mr Denmeade said around 400 tickets to the event were pre-sold, but on the day an extra 115 people walked through the gates at Coronation Park.

In fact, Mark Lamerton had driven down from Nerang just to enjoy their third Opera at The Channon experience.

"That's how good it is," he said.

Director of Our House, Rebekka Battista, said she was so pleased the weather had come out shining for the big day.

"The Channon is just shining!" she said.

Our House was very thankful to benefit from the afternoon, she said.

Catching many admiring looks was Susie Nicholls, of Dunoon, in her handmade pirate-inspired getup - complete with a lavish dress, corset, bloomers, and pirate's hat.

Ms Nicholls, who designs costumes when not working in the health sector, said she had whipped up this costume specifically for The Channon's big day - in just 24 hours.

She said she loved the chance to dress up, while enjoying a great afternoon of performances.

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