YOWL for opera

The Young Opera Workshop Lismore (YOWL) will be bringing their best operatic voices to the stage at the Uniting Church, Lismore, when they present The Last Word – The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan.

YOWL was created in 2004 by singing teacher Valerie Tamblyn-Mills as a non-profit opportunity for young singers to experience the realities of production and performance with a week-long workshop of 12-hour rehearsal days culminating in three performances for the public.

Young adults ranging in age from 14 to 25 came from Lismore, Iluka, Yamba, Maclean and Casino and they had a blast. Not only did they learn much from their tutors and each other but they have forged friendships that will last a lifetime.

After Valerie’s retirement Chrissi and Jack Claff took on the massive task of keeping YOWL alive along with director Ralph Bott, who travels from Sydney each year to work with these talented kids. Many of YOWL’s original cast are now seasoned performers heading for careers in opera and theatre.

This is YOWL’s last season and your last opportunity to see these talented people before they are famous.

Performances are scheduled for January 15 and 16 at 7pm, with a matinee at 1pm on January 16. Tickets are available at the door and cost $15/10.


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