Noosa Starlight Opera
DATE: 15 July 2021 @ 6 PM
VENUE: Noosa Beach, Hastings Street
TICKET COST: $59 + booking fees
Noosa alive! presents…
Rachelle Durkin with Kang Wang and John Woods – a one off exclusive event
About this event
Relax on the beach as Rachelle Durkin and Kang Wang ignite your senses under the stars in a clear roofed marquee performing opera classics, duets and musical theatre. Ideal for those who are curious about opera and fitting for those who are lovers of opera. You will be moved, your blood will pump harder and your heart will feel the emotion that Rachelle and Kang expect you to experience. There could be tears but there will definitely be awe.
You will feel love, you will feel strength and shivers as Rachelle, Kang & John guide you through the joy and heartache of the most famous opera classics.
You should know:
- This is a Covid Safe event with limited tickets available.
- All care has been taken to engage local artists to avoid unforeseen cancellations
- This is an all weather event.
RACHELLE DURKIN | soprano
A highly adept interpreter in a wide range of repertoire spanning from the baroque to modern masterpieces, Rachelle’s other noteworthy performances include: Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for The Perth International Arts Festival; the title role in Alcina (c: Richard Hickox), Armida in Rinaldo (c: Trevor Pinnock) and Angelica in Orlando for Opera Australia. Rachelle received Helpmann Award nominations for all four of the aforementioned appearances. She received her fifth nomination for Haydn’s Armida with Pinchgut Opera (c: Antony Walker).
Other highlights have included Romance at the Met – Opera’s Most Romantic Moments (an iTunes exclusive with tenor Matthew Polenzani); soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Detroit Symphony Orchestra (c: Leonard Slatkin) and West Australian Symphony Orchestra (c: Asher Fisch), performances with Bryn Terfel and Lisa McCune at Leeuwin Estate Winery and Gala Concerts with Placido Domingo and José Carreras
KANG WANG | tenor
Kang has performed many times with Opera Queensland, most recently as part of the 2021 Season launch, Opera Queensland Under the Stars, Brisbane Riverstage in October 2020. In February 2021, Kang made his solo performance debut for Opera Queensland, in recital with pianist John Woods.
During the 2018–19 season, Kang made numerous house and role debuts with Welsh National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Austin Lyric Opera, and on the concert stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, and Eugene Symphony. Recent engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera and Austin Lyric Opera, and concerts with the London Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
JOHN WOODS | pianist
John was born in Stirling, Scotland. After studying piano and bassoon at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama he was awarded scholarships from The Scottish Arts Council and The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust to specialise in piano accompaniment at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Engagements have taken him throughout Great Britain, Europe and Australia, accompanying singers and instrumentalists on the concert platform and in radio and television broadcasts. He has worked with some of the finest singers of the present generation including Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Simon Keenlyside and in particular, Jane Eaglen.
He has accompanied master classes given by several distinguished singers, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Janet Baker, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sir Peter Pears and Luigi Alva, whom he has also accompanied in recital.
As Musical Associate for Granada Television, John Woods has credits on a wide range of arts and drama programmes which include “The Dame Joan Hammond Masterclasses”, “Coronation Street”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Lost Empires” – the eight-hour serialisation of the J.B. Priestley novel in which he worked with the late Sir Laurence Olivier.