Countdown to the high notes

IN FINE VOICE: Accompanist John Woods, soprano Jennifer Parish and mezzo Hayley Sugars will do their operatic thing at The Channon soon.
IN FINE VOICE: Accompanist John Woods, soprano Jennifer Parish and mezzo Hayley Sugars will do their operatic thing at The Channon soon.

ON Sunday, July 22, Opera at the Channon will present its 15th musical event set in the rural splendour of The Channon.

It's a time to dress up, maybe enjoy lunch with the "silver service" option (or just bring a picnic and something sparkling to drink), and after lunch enjoy some fine music from the opera company Operatif!

This is the first time the company has provided the music for this event. But they have plenty of experience. Operatif! runs the annual Opera in Paradise festival on Norfolk Island, as well as creating and hosting music-lovers tours of Europe.

"We are certainly always busy," said Operatif! soprano and co-founder Jennifer Parish, who with baritone Stewart Cameron will perform at this year's opera event.

The pair will bring Tongan-Samoan tenor Benjamin Makisi and mezzo soprano Hayley Sugars to the green hills of The Channon. Hayley is home from Germany for just a few weeks taking a break from her tenure at Wiesbaden Opera House.

"Hayley is the consummate mezzo soprano," Jennifer said. "She is a coloratura mezzo so people can expect many high notes and vocal gymnastics in her solos. Benjamin, in contrast, has a truly beautiful lyric tenor voice which would melt the coldest heart."

Program highlights include the tenor-baritone duet from Bizet's Pearl Fishers, In the Depths of the Temple from Verdi's Rigoletto, and plenty of big arias and duets from Verdi and Puccini.

The program will also feature songs from musicals such as The Impossible Dream, Stranger in Paradise and You'll Never Walk Alone. The singers will be accompanied by Scottish-born pianist John Woods who has played with singers and instrumentalists throughout Europe.

Opera at The Channon is organised by the Combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore and raises money for local charities.

Tickets are $145/60 from

Or you can phone Norpa on 1300 066 772. Or visit their website at (where you can also book the bus service from Byron, Lennox Head, Ballina, Alstonville and Lismore. Cost is $15 return).

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Be the first to see controversial animated children's film

FURRY FRIENDS: Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Benjamin, Bea (Rose Byrne), Peter Rabbit (James Corden) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley) in Columbia Pictures' PETER RABBIT.

Advanced screening of Peter Rabbit in Lismore this weekend

Rosanna has designs on female taboo

Artist Rosanna Pimm uses 3500 porcelain tampons to created her large scale performance installation  Riots of Passage in The Quad  as part of The Lismore Women's Festival on International Women's Day. Laying down and de-constructing the mandala structure symbolises the impermanence of the menstrual cycle and an end to female inequality in the world.

Rosanna has designs on female taboo

Another win for city's calender

NO PROBLEM: Eat The Street.

Another win for city's calender

Local Partners