Sunday's an opera treat

AFFECTIONATELY known as "Penrith's Pavarotti", tenor Lorenzo Rositano will perform alongside the cream of opera's emerging artists, Bridget Patterson, Paul Smith and New Yorker Sarah Toth, at the Joan Sutherland Centre on Sunday, November 4, at 3pm.

Accompanied by Benjamin Burton, these singers will present a program of operatic favourites and musical-theatre numbers.

Their repertoire will include selections from La Boheme, Rigoletto, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Man of La Mancha, Porgy and Bess and Jekyll and Hyde.

Rositano (pictured), 24, was selected by the Australian Olympic Committee in 2006 to perform our national anthem at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Rositano was asked as a special guest to perform the aria Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot at the 2008 Schools Spectacular.

His early training was at the Penrith Conservatorium of Music and he has since completed an Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium.

His opera credits include Ernestro in La Vera Costanza (Joseph 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 (Gioacchino Rossini).

This will be one of the rare chances to see Rositano performing live at the Joan.

Tickets cost $30 (adults), $25 (concessions).

Details, bookings: jspac.com.au or 4723 7600.

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