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Roberto Alagna, the superstar tenor, is coming to Australia. He will give three concerts, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in July.
On the back of a three month season with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the roles of Canio (I Pagliacci), Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Alagna’s concert will be a high point of the Australian cultural calendar.
Alagna, the Franco-Italian miracle, has inherited Pavarotti’s mantle as the world’s greatest operatic tenor. But he began as a Parisian cabaret singer and still enjoys performing popular songs that reflect his unique background. His concert program is an exhilarating mix of immortal arias and well-loved classics.
He will be accompanied in Sydney and Melbourne by the Australian Sinfonietta, Australia’s leading classical musicians in the sector today, under the baton of Stefano Miceli, a regular conductor at the world’s great theatres. In Alagna’s Brisbane concert, Stefano Miceli will conduct the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Appearing as Guest Artist will be Australian soprano, Siobhan Stagg, now winning acclaim in Europe’s opera houses.
Roberto Alagna’s turbulent romantic life, his born-in-a-garage back story, his heartthrob looks and his heavenly voice have given birth to Alagna’s Army – fervent fans who have bought 10 million of his albums internationally.
Now it’s Australia’s turn to be enthralled by the man who has put charisma and sex appeal back on the libretto, revitalised the operatic world and introduced a new audience to a compelling world of timeless, classic music.

Roberto Alagna

Born in a Parisian garage, his heart was French and his soul Italian. His Sicilian father sang arias as he worked on building sites and the boy sometimes joined him and sang along. Roberto Alagna was born to sing and his voice took him to superstardom – the greatest lyric tenor of today.
His turbulent romantic life, his born-in-a-garage back story, his accidental discovery by Pavarotti, his heart-throb looks and his heavenly voice have given birth to Alagna’s Army – fervent fans who have bought millions of his albums internationally.
That rarity, a great opera singer who thrills equally in all the genres: cabaret, folk, ethnic and contemporary, Alagna has put charisma and sex appeal back on the libretto, revitalised the operatic world and introduced a new audience to a compelling world of timeless, classic music.
‘Alagna … has a superb voice, clear yet engaging with beautiful moments of emotion.’ Messagero, Rome
 ‘... an urgent, stirring and emotional performance that earned ovation after ovation,’ New York Times
‘... an unmissable concert.’ The Times, London
‘... he has the voice, the temperament, the charisma.' The Independent, UK

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New York Times’ review of Pagliacci, New York Metropolitan Opera, 24 January 2016

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New York Times’ review of Vasco da Gama, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 21 October 2015

Siobhan Stagg

Appearing as Guest Artist will be Australian soprano, Siobhan Stagg, now winning acclaim in Europe’s opera houses.
In Australia, Fairfax critic Martin Duffy praised her ‘ravishing tone and radiant presence.’
‘Wonderfully appealing, charismatic voice," Jens F. Laurson, Washington’s Ionarts reviewer said.
Siobhan has made her mark in Germany, where she has performed in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Hamburg State Opera. But it was in London, at the Royal Opera House, singing the title role in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus that had the critics sitting up. At the last moment Siobhan was called upon to sing the title role while the star, Mary Bevan, had to mime:
‘Mary Bevan, afflicted with a throat infection, heroically mimed the title role, while, above her, Siobhan Stagg did a masterly job of providing the vocal line,’ the Financial Times’ review of Orpheus, reported. And David Nice of The Arts Desk agreed: Mary Bevan’s throat infection, he wrote, ‘... gave us a chance to hear a new soprano of true individuality, Siobhan Stagg, delivering the part from above with stunning middle range clarity and impeccable style.’

Stefano Miceli, Conductor

Miceli is a regular guest artist as pianist and conductor at the most important festivals and theatres in the world including; New York (Carnegie Hall), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Berlin (Berliner Philharmonie), Boston (Tsai Performance Theatre), Venice (La Fenice Opera House), Rome Theatre and Catania (Bellini Opera House).
Stefano Miceli is one of five Italian Academy Foundation Artists, selected to perform regularly during the Foundation’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center programmes.
In October 2015 he was appointed Executive Music Director at the Bellini Opera Foundation Michigan.

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Roger Jonsson, Concertmaster

Roger Jonsson, born in Sweden, started to play the violin at the age of 8. His first teachers were Karin Mansson at the loca music school and Gunnar Crantz at Falun Music Conservatory. In 1994 Roger was accepted to Edsbergs Music Institute, where he studied for Endre and Jennifer Wolf, and in 1998 he graduated with a Solo/Chamber Music Diploma. Before joining Orchestra Victoria in 2006, Roger worked with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm’s New Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm’s Sinfonietta, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has also been a member of the successful chamber music ensemble, Firebird Trio, since 2011.
In 2014 Roger led Orchestra Victoria accompanying international crooner, Patrizio Buanne, at Hamer Hall for the 50th celebration of the Australian Ballet School. Roger has been guest concertmaster with the Melbourne and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras and was co-concertmaster for the 2013 Melbourne Ring Cycle, continuing in this role for the 2016 production.

Australian Sinfonietta

The Australian Sinfonietta comprises Australia’s finest classical musicians in the sector today, led by Roger Jonsson as concertmaster. The Australian Sinfonietta is accompanying Roberto Alagna in Sydney and Melbourne, under the baton of Stefano Miceli.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra

As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra the QSO plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. Each year the QSO attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events. QSO is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works, and as the first Australian orchestra to partner with Foxtel Arts, continues to invest in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives. In 2014 alone, the QSO engaged with over 1.1 million people. In October 2015, QSO announced Alondra de la Parra as Music Director Designate. Ms la Parra will commence in 2017.
QSO’s Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC.
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