Bringing people together through music.
More than 400 singers from Western Sydney will come together at the Sydney Opera House in a free concert that celebrates the power of the voice. As the culmination of many weeks of collaboration between the groups and Opera Australia, the singers will prepare and perform songs from a selection of opera's most loved compoers including Bizet, Verdi and Puccini.
The six diverse groups represent various cultural and geographic areas in Western Sydney including Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Casula and Fairfield.
Under the inspirational direction of their community leaders and Opera Australia conductor Simon Kenway, the groups come from broad cultural and artistic perspectives. Supported by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, this will be a bold representation of culture, tradition and the beauty of song.
Auburn Community Choir and Newington Community Choir
Auburn City Council
Two recently formed community choirs within the Auburn area have combined for this project.
Blacktown Simply Voices Choir
Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts Centre
This group is made up of an existing seniors' choir, Simply Voices, whose members seek something exhilarating in retirement and consistently performs at local events.
Blue Mountains Community Choir
Blue Mountains City Council
The Blue Mountains Community Choir is made up of participants of existing choirs who have come together for this project.
Casula Powerhouse Pacific Choir
Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool City Council
This choir has been formed as part of the Pacifica programs at Casula Powerhouse which seek to celebrate, showcase, explore, experiment and engage with the local Pacific and diverse communities of South West Sydney. Choir participants in this group come from a variety of existing church choirs from Pacific Islander communities.
Choirs of Macarthur
Campbelltown City Council and Campbelltown Arts Centre
The choir from Campbelltown is made up of different groups that have come together for this project. The groups include: C4, Macarthur Singers, REACH and Sweet Tonic.
Spanish Speaking Community Choir
Fairfield Multicultural Health Services and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
The Spanish Speaking choir was formed to provide those over 55 years of age in the Spanish speaking community with the opportunity to interact with a group, socialise, reduce stress and increase their inclusion within society.
Admission is FREE. Tickets are available from 6 August by calling Opera Australia Ticketing Services on (02) 9318 8200.
Please note: if you are a participant of a choir, or a friend or family member of a participant, you may already have a ticket, so please contact your Choir Leader.