Opera favourites at BPACC

By Benalla Ensign

A unique opera event is coming to Benalla’s BPACC on Wednesday, March 14 when tenor Lawrence Allen presents Homage to Pavarotti and Sutherland.

He will be joined on stage by international artists — soprano Lisa Anne Robinson (who recently made her debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London to rave reviews) and pianist John O’Donnell.

They will present a dynamic repertoire of well-known operatic arias and songs.

Lawrence, who was born Victoria, undertook his early education in Horsham where his talent as a violinist would give him opportunities in the world of music.

He later went on to win the national televised talent quest, Hector Crawford’s Showcase 70, as an operatic tenor.

Principal tenor roles followed with The Australian Opera and State Opera Companies of Australia as well as overseas with the English National Opera in London and in Auckland with New Zealand Opera.

Roles have included Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Jose in Carmen, Zorn in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Cavaradossi in Tosca, the tenor solos in Verdi’s Requiem and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, and in the first performance ever in Australia of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Simone Young.

Lawrence said he loved performing in regional towns as they very much remind him of his home-town Horsham, which he has fond memories of.

‘‘I grew up performing in small towns and it’s a great privilege to still have the opportunity to put on events in regional Victoria to the country folk,’’ he said.

‘‘I set myself a goal of putting this performance together with my distinguished colleagues and I’m really pleased to be performing it in Benalla this coming month.’’

●Tickets are available from BPACC for: adults $25, seniors $23, concession $20 and groups of 10 or more, $19 a person. For more information, visit