Opera comes to Holy Trinity Church on Sunday

THE SOPRANOS: Elizabeth Rowlings, Benjamin Martin, Gerard Lane, Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, and Michaela Young. Picture: Phillip Biggs
THE SOPRANOS: Elizabeth Rowlings, Benjamin Martin, Gerard Lane, Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, and Michaela Young. Picture: Phillip Biggs

It will be difficult to find a Sunday afternoon event that sounds as good as what is planned at the Holy Trinity Church this weekend.

Inside the acoustically magical walls of the Launceston church, some of the state’s best voices will belt out a selection of operatic favourites including Bizet, Puccini, Mozart and more.

EsqueOpera’s second ‘Sunday Afternoon at the Opera’ follows on from a successful inaugural event, which was well received by the arts community.

The first part of this year’s concert consists of extracts of The Marriage of Figaro, which will be narrated by EsqueOpera artistic director Benjamin Martin.

From here, the performance will go into a series of arias and duets taken from various operas. 

Singers for the occasion include renowned, principal soprano Elizabeth Rowlings, mezzo-soprano Maree-Rose Jones, award-winning soprano Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, and talented baritone Gerard Lane, who will be making his operatic debut. 

Martin said guest artists were an important part of EsqueOpera performances.

“Each concert I try and bring in one or two guest artists who have either got a base in Tasmania or a connection with the state,” Martin said.

“The performers always change, depending on which concert I plan.”

Formed in 2015, EsqueOpera has drawn crowds through a range of different themes.

Last year’s Mother’s Day and gala performances were followed up with a Baroque concert earlier this year, as well as a Parisian performance in August.

Fans of Mozart would have seen Martin take to the stage as a soloist for a performance of the Requiem at Christ Church Longford two weeks ago.

He is not the only singer to back up from the event, with soprano Michaela Young also a part of Sunday’s EsqueOpera showcase.

Tickets to ‘Sunday Afternoon at the Opera’ are $20 (including afternoon tea) can be purchased at Launceston Precision Jewellers, or at the door. The performance will run from 2pm-4pm at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.