Students light up Kilkivan opera

WARMING up their vocal cords yesterday, five St Patrick's students were nervous about the opportunity to sing with some of the most successful opera singers when they perform at the Prophet Gold Mine with the Underground Opera Company.

The Kilkivan “Opera Gold” performance will include the male students performing songs from Miss Saigon and You Raise Me Up.

St Patrick's music teacher Krystal Morrissey said it was a good opportunity for the boys to showcase their talents and build confidence.

While they have sung with the St Patrick's choir before, they will get the chance to learn from professional musicians.

Experience some of our country's finest performers as they present a selection of opera's greatest arias, duets and ensemble pieces.

All the pieces have been specially chosen to appeal to a broad audience while the performers' engaging vocal talents will enthral the most seasoned opera aficionados.

Producer Bruce Edwards, a contract miner who melded his two passions together (mining and music) to present these extraordinary concerts said he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring a cast of such high quality performers to the area.

“I recall when I was working at the Eldorado mine in Gympie some years ago that I would have loved to travel to Brisbane to see some of the great concerts you see at QPAC, but by the time I added up the cost of travel, accommodation and the one hundred dollar plus ticket price, it was just not a viable proposition,” he said.

“So a few years ago I decided it was time to give the communities where I had lived and worked the chance to see international performers in their own backyards.”

There will also be delectable canapes at interval, wine tasting and a gold pour after.

Tickets are available from Kilkivan News and Takeaway on 5484 1148 or Gympie CD Centre on 5482 2615.

“Opera Gold” will light up at 604 Rossmore Road, Kilkivan at 7.30pm on Friday, October 23 and 5pm on October 24. For more information visit

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