TENOR Lorenzo Rositano is about to head off to Italy and the European opera scene.
To honour this great local talent, the Joan is holding a special farewell concert on Sunday, October 20.
Lorenzo, affectionately known as Penrith's Pavarotti, has invited some talented guest performers to join him on stage: soprano Alice Girle, baritone Paul Smith, violinist Harry Ward and accompanist Julia de Plater.
Their repertoire will include popular songs and arias from opera, operetta, musical theatre and popera.
Special highlights will be Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific and crowd pleases from La Boheme and Les Miserables.
Twenty-five-year old Rositano shot to national fame in 2006 when he was selected by the Australian Olympic Committee to sing the national anthem at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
A major star of the Schools Spectacular — he appeared for four consecutive years — he was invited back as a special guest to sing the aria Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot in 2008.
His early training was at the Penrith Conservatorium of Music. Since then he has completed an advanced diploma of opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as well as undertaking further studies with a Master of Music Studies in Opera.
In opera, his credits include Ernestro in La Vera Costanza (Haydn); Alcino in Prima Donna (Arthur Benjamin), l'Italien in Angélique (Jacques Iberti), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss), Le Journaliste in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Francis Poulenc), The Mayor in Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten) and Florville in Il Signor Bruschino (Rossini)
This will be your last chance to see Lorenzo performing live, before he leaves our shores. Tickets: $30-$35.
Bookings: 4723 7600 or www.jspac.com.au