'Pre'- Modern Musical Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein? Lerner and Loewe? Cole Porter? Andrew Lloyd Webber? Even Lennon & McCartney? Try Verdi, Mascagni, Mozart, Gilbert & Sullivan. Because without the latter, chances are we would never have had the former. The opera of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were the musical theatre of the times. All the traditions, motifs, themes and musical developments which were established during the era of opera and operetta have come down to the 20th and 21st centuries, and provide a huge part of the musical fund from which modern musicals have been able to draw their inspiration, format and structures. The songs chosen for inclusion in Oriana’s current ‘production’, “G&S and Opera Chor

Verdi good opera!

There is no disputing the fact that Guiseppe Verdi was, and is, a giant figure in the world of opera. So it is not surprising that, of the seven opera choruses included in Oriana’s “G&S and Opera Choruses: Songs You Will Know and Love”, three are from Verdi’s works (with the others coming from Mozart, Wagner, Mascagni and Offenbach). Verdi drew his inspiration from many and varied sources, including the Old Testament (“Nabucco”), ancient history (“Aida”), Shakespeare (“Otello” and “Falstaff”) and contemporary literature (“Il Trovatore” and “La Traviata”). There are many excellent recordings of Verdi’s works available, including collections of his best known arias and choruses. All of Verd

From Anvil to Bared Steel - Oriana's Season of Opera

Having enjoyed tremendous success with Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, followed by the sublime beauties of “Lux Aeterna”, and a wonderful, ovation-filled concert tour of Italy, Sunshine Coast’s Oriana Choir is preparing for its final concert offering for 2019, “Opera Choruses: Songs You Know And Love”. It is a programme of well-known and well-loved chorus pieces from works by Mozart, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner and more, as well as a delightful sampling of choruses from the much loved operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Our Music Director for this final season of 2019 is Mr. Benjamin Oxley. Ben comes to Oriana with a wealth of experience and expertise. He studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, and has

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Based in Buderim on Queensland's vibrant Sunshine Coast, Oriana Arts Inc is the home of the highly acclaimed, multi award-winning Oriana Choir and the Sunshine Coast Youth Choir



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Buderim  Qld  4556


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