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Supernatural: uncanny music from the world of opera [April 18]

The Westgarth Ensemble presents: ‘Supernatural – uncanny music from the world of opera’

By the pricking of your thumbs you’ll know that something wicked this way comes! From Purcell’s beguiling sirens to Verdi’s plotting witches, from Lully’s majestic goddesses to Mendelssohn’s flitting fairies, the Westgarth Ensemble will lure you into unnatural worlds as envisioned by composers from the Baroque era through to the 20th century.

Last time these four singers performed together they were cross-dressing in Who Wears The Pants (St Paul’s Cathedral 2015). This time they’ve cooked up a cauldron of musical magic that ranges from the uncanny to the frankly unbelievable. Arias, duets, trios and quartets to make your hair stand on end.

Many of these songs have been inspired by the words of William Shakespeare. In the year we mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, the Westgarth Ensemble will present excerpts from Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Falstaff, amongst many other creations from myth and legend. Come along and be enchanted!

When: Saturday May 28, 3pm

Where: Armadale Uniting Church, 86A Kooyong Rd. Armadale. (Not far from Armadale Station)

Who: The Westgarth Ensemble

Claire McDonald (Soprano)

Katrena Mitchell (Soprano)

Sian Prior (Soprano)

Kerrie Bolton (Mezzo soprano)

with Gregory Smith (Piano)

Admission: $20 ($15 concession) at the door

Background: The members of the Westgarth Ensemble have been singing together since 1997. Graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio, they have all worked for a range of Australian opera companies and ensembles. In recent years they have been presenting themed concerts in venues around Victoria. In 2015 they performed ‘Who Wears The Pants’ at the Armadale Uniting Church and St Paul’s Cathedral.