Sunday 17 November, 3.00pm
The Concourse, Chatswood
409 Victoria Av, Chatswood, 2067 Directions
Paul Terracini: Conductor
Taryn Feibig: Soprano
Simon Kim: Tenor
Emily Su: Violin
Verdi: Overture to Force of Destiny
Bizet/Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy
Massenet: Meditation from Thais
A selection of operatic favourites from Puccini, Verdi, Dvorak, Bizet, Lehar, and Rogers & Hammerstein
Early bird prices: Standard $40
From 17 October: Standard $50
The highly versatile Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a sumptuous feast of operatic favourites in the elegant and acoustically superb concert hall of The Concourse, Chatswood. The KPO continues to grow and impress audiences with its performances ranging from schools concerts, community concerts, its own widely respected Concerto Competition, and polished performances at The Concourse with some of Australia’s finest soloists.
In this concert, the audience will be welcomed by the power of Verdi’s overture to The Force of Destiny and enchanted by two wonderful soloists from Opera Australia. Soprano, Taryn Fiebig, and tenor, Simon Kim, will present classic arias such as E lucevan le stelle, Nessun Dorma, Carmen’s Habanera, Oh lovely silver moon, from Dvorak’s Rusalka, O mio babbino caro, Viljalied, from The Merry Widow, and more. Taryn and Simon will also join forces in the Brindisi duet, Libiamo ne’ lieti calici, from La Traviata, and Lippen schweigen, from The Merry Widow.
Violinist, Emily Su, the brilliant winner of the 2018 KPO Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, will also grace the program with two works that originated in the world of opera. Pablo Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy is one of the great violin showpieces in the repertoire, and the audience will be transported by the beauty of Jules Massenet’s Meditation, from his opera, Thais.
Emily Su - violin
Emily, 16, currently holds a full music scholarship at Kambala Girls School. She started learning violin at age 3, and is studying with Dr Robin Wilson and Ms Caron Chan at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars program.
Emily has won several sections at the Sydney Eisteddfod, including the "Violin 19 and under" category in 2017. Emily recently performed as a soloist throughout Europe with her school orchestra. In 2015 she appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Art of Sound Orchestra and was selected to participate in the ACO Academy in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was a finalist in the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016 and 2017. She was awarded her AMusA (distinction) in 2014 and LMusA (distinction) in 2016.
Also an accomplished pianist, Emily was awarded her AmusA (distinction) in 2017. She has performed as soloist under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton at the Chatswood Concourse.
Taryn Feibig - soprano
Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia most popular and versatile artists. In 2017, she sang Musetta (La bohème) for Opera Australia; Michal (Saul) for the Adelaide Festival; major roles in Pinchgut Opera’s Triple Bill and the title role in The Merry Widow for West Australian Opera; in concert, she was soloist with Sydney Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia and the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Taryn has performed with all the major Australian opera companies, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.
Internationally, she has sung for the Edinburgh Festival (as Lucy Joy in Opera Australia’s production of Bliss), in America for the LA Ear Unit and in the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra and for BBC Radio 4.
In 2004, Taryn joined the Young Artists Program at Opera Australia; she remained with OA as an ensemble member until 2010 before becoming a freelance artist.
Roles for Opera Australia include: Susanna, Zerlina and Despina in Sir David McVicar's trio of Mozart productions (The Marrige of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte), Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La bohème, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Lisa in La sonnambula, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Aphrodite in The Love of the Nightingale, Karolka in Jenufa and The Woodbird and Gutrune in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Her performance as Lucy Joy in Bliss earned her a Helpmann Award. For New Zealand Opera, she has sung Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride.
A musical theatre highlight for Taryn was over 200 performances as Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s National Tour of My Fair Lady.
Gilbert and Sullivan roles have included The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, both Tessa and Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Taryn is also an accomplished cellist leading both the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She continues to play and appears in concert as both singer and cellist.
Simon Kim - tenor
Simon Changhwan Kim was born in Korea and graduated in voice from Kyung-Hee University in 1992. Moving to Italy later that year, he undertook postgraduate studies in Genoa, Perugia and at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria. In Italy, Simon won several top prizes including 1st place in many international vocal competitions and appeared as soloist in numerous concert performances around the country.
Moving to Sydney in 2009, he became a principal artist with Opera Australia and has performed Calaf (Turandot), Nisias (Thais), Macduff (Macbeth), Herald (Don Carlos), Remendado (Carmen), and also performed in Great Opera Hits.
He has performed with other companies including as Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), Rodolfo (La Bohème), and as the title role in Werther. He has also sung major roles in professional productions of Korean operas. With these companies, he toured to China and Germany.
On the concert platform, he has appeared with all the major Korean symphony orchestras as well as the Central Russia National Orchestra and the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Simon was invited to give a solo recital at the Russian National Art Academy in Vladivostok.
Dr Paul Terracini was born in Sydney and has enjoyed a career in Australia and internationally as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and conductor. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Lecturer in Trumpet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark.
As an instrumentalist, he performed as soloist in Australia, Europe, USA, and Asia. Within Australia, his solo performances included concertos with the Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Paul Terracini has appeared as an opera conductor at the German Rossini Festival in Bad Wilbad, for the Danish Bel Canto Society in Copenhagen, and the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra, also in Denmark. Since assuming the role of artistic director of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has, apart from programming and conducting the symphonic repertoire, pioneered the performance of chamber opera in western Sydney. For many years he has been invited as a guest conductor/composer to music schools and universities in Europe, USA, China, and Australia. He appears regularly as conductor for the Conservatorium High School, in Sydney. As a choral conductor, he has recorded for ABC Classics with Ars Nova Copenhagen, and the Sydney based choir, Cantillation.
As a composer and arranger, his music has been heard throughout the world in a variety of genres, performed by, amongst others, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Danish Chamber Players, the Australian Brass Quintet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass, and at festivals and conferences on every continent. His music for the two part ABC television series, Hymns of the Forefathers, in which he developed many of the traditional English hymns into symphonic poems, received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by ABC Classics. His title music for the television series, Classical Destinations, which was produced for three seasons, was featured on the ‘Number 1 Classical Album of the Year,’ released by Decca.
His new CD, Paul Terracini: Music for Brass, was released on the Tall Poppies label in May 2015. On this recording, he conducted his own music with Sydney Brass, featuring members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Terracini also holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, having earlier completed a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). His book, John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel, was published in 2015.