Opera at ‘The Dish’ is launched

By Dominic Geiger

Tickets are now on sale for Opera At The Dish, the musical extravaganza set to be the operatic highlight of the year in the Central West.

An official launch for the event accompanied the release of the first round of tickets last Thursday, with renowned soprano Helen Barnett treating an exclusive audience to a short but sensational performance beneath the dish.

Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, attended the event.

“Helen sung quite nicely, and with the dish in the background the sound is really reflected onto the audience,” he said.

“It’ll be a great evening; people will be able to bring a rug and their own chair if they want.

“There will also be an opportunity for people to go on a tour through the [inner workings] of the telescope.”

Proceeds from Opera At The Dish will be donated to the McGrath Breast Cancer Foundation in order to secure breast care nurses for regional centres throughout Australia.

In addition to Helen Barnett, the performance will also include soprano Julie O’Connor accompanied by the Macquarie Philharmonia 50 piece symphony orchestra.

The opera will be held under the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope on the evening of Saturday October 8.

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