Mezzo-soprano Hayley Sugars and baritone Stewart Cameron performing at Opera at The Channon yesterday.
Mezzo-soprano Hayley Sugars and baritone Stewart Cameron performing at Opera at The Channon yesterday. DOUG EATON

World-class acts for opera buffs

OPERA at The Channon organisers had world-class singers performing at the 15th annual event.

In past years, up-and-coming opera singers from Queensland did the honours but organisers went all out for their 15th anniversary.

"We've had people coming to the show for the last 14 years so we wanted to do something special for them and celebrate our 15th year," The Rotary Club Lismore Central president Kevin Poole said.

"These people are opera singers who sing all around the world professionally."

Melbourne-born soprano Jennifer Parish, mezzo-soprano Hayley Sugars, New Zealand tenor Benjamin Fifita Makisi and Auckland-born baritone Stewart Cameron performed opera classics for 500 attendees.

The event is usually held at The Channon but had to be moved to St John's College Woodlawn in Lismore this year for several reasons.

"Normally we have it out at The Channon because it's a natural amphitheatre but we were unable to do it there this year, not only because of the weather, but because the grounds had been chopped up from other activities," Mr Poole explained.

The last-minute move didn't dampen the spirits of the audience nor those involved in the Best Picnic Table competition.

Yesterday, the Toreadors' four group members dressed-up as bull fighters and Spanish mistresses, while their table had authentic Spanish cuisine on it.

"This is one of the few opportunities we get to dress up and do something different in Lismore," Toreadors member Lyn Covre said.



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