2017 Program

2017 Program

Saturday 26 August 2017
Mangrove Hotel - 8pm


Antoinette Halloran - Soprano
Cassandra Seidemann - Mezzo-Soprano
Paul O'Neill - Tenor
Samuel Dundas - Baritone
Tommaso Pollio - Pianist

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It is with much excitement we announce Broome’s unique and much loved OPERA UNDER THE STARS® will be presented at its original ‘home by the bay’ at Mangrove Hotel on Saturday 26 August overlooking the crystal blue waters of Broome’s breath-takingly beautiful Roebuck Bay. 

Join us as twilight falls and the Kimberley night sky is lit up with a flotilla of scintillating stars to experience this extra special gala performance starring Antoinette Halloran, soprano; Cassandra Seidemann, mezzo-soprano; Paul O’Neill, tenor; Samuel Dundas, baritone and Tommaso Pollio, pianist for... 

One Night Only  on  Saturday 26 August  at  OPERA UNDER THE STARS® 2017

Brimming with entertainment to delight opera buffs and novices alike, OPERA UNDER THE STARS® 2017 will be a sumptuous night of celebration featuring fabulous gems from the world's most famous opera stories plus lighter songs full of pleasure and enjoyment for everyone.

A must to experience OPERA UNDER THE STARS® is the perfect occasion to don your silk and pearls or dress Kimberley casual for an exhilarating night of live Opera, Broome-style!om.a

Tickets are available from www.operaunderthestars.com.au or the Broome Visitor Centre (08) 9195 2200.  Audience members have the choice of either Premium Tickets (Reserved Area) or General Admission Tickets.  Tickets strictly limited  Click here for details

Pre Opera Dining - Patrons can also enjoy a delicious meal at Mangrove Hotel as its Full Menu will be available from 5:30pm-7:30pm ONLY. 

Town Bus Service will also provide a SPECIAL bus service AFTER the performance with this SPECIAL service following the usual bus route through Old Broome and Chinatown ($2.50pp) and on to Cable Beach ($5.00pp).  Enjoy OPERA UNDER THE STARS® twice as much…DON’T DRINK & DRIVE…take the Town Bus!

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1Antoinette Halloran


In 2015/2016 Antoinette Halloran sang the title role in Madama Butterfly and Fata Morgana in The Love for Three Oranges for Opera Australia and Mrs Lovett in a new production of Sweeney Todd for Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera (Helpmann Award nomination).  She also appeared as soloist with the Sydney, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and led a world-premiere cast in Banquet of Secrets for Victorian Opera.

2017 engagements include the title role in Tosca for West Australian Opera, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen for Victorian Opera, associate artist for José Carreras’ National Tour and concert appearances with the Melbourne, West Australian and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras.

One of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos, Antoinette performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio.

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2  Cassandra Seidemann


Australian/German mezzo soprano, Cassandra Seidemann has featured extensively on both stage and screen. She is a favourite with audiences, having sung throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Cassandra graduated with honours from The University of Queensland in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music (Opera Performance).  There she performed the title role in Dido and Aeneas as well as Hansel in Hansel & Gretel.

In 2010 Cassandra joined Opera Queensland as part of the Young Artist Program appearing as the 2nd Bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro and understudying Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.  Her affiliation with Opera Queensland has continued to the present time performing and covering the roles of Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, Countessa Ceprano in Rigoletto, Flora in La traviata and, most recently Kate Pinkerton and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.

Other operatic highlights include the title role in Carmen with the Sydney Philharmonia in 2012 and appearing in concert with Jeff Mills, Derrick May and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in early 2016.  In 2017, she tours throughout China as Mercedes in Carmen.

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3  Paul O'Neill


Paul O’Neill graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. While a Young Artist at West Australian Opera, he sang Carmina Burana and the roles of Flavio in Norma, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Gastone in La Traviata. He was awarded Opera Foundation Australia’s Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship. After graduating from the NOS, Mr O’Neill went on to study at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill. He was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Awards, the Australian Singing Competition's Opera Awards and the Mathy Awards.

Initially a member of the Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Berlin, he joined the ensemble, appearing in roles such as Kunz Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von NÅ«rnberg, Italian tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Hirt und Seeman in Tristan und Isolde, Spoletta in Tosca and Gastone in La Traviata.

In concert, he has performed in numerous sacred works including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Handel’s Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day and Haydn’s Nelson Mass. More recent performances include Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Orff's Carmina Burana with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Verdi’s Requiem at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Seeman and Hirte in Tristan und Isolde with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s Elias and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, both with the Berlin Philharmonic, under Seiji Ozawa and Nikolaus Harnoncourt respectively.

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4  Samuel Dundas


Samuel Dundas is a graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music and his performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concerts. He has sung in concert throughout Australia and New Zealand, including with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Samuel joined Opera Australia as a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program and subsequently became a principal artist with the company, where his many roles include Papageno and Priest (The Magic Flute), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Marcello (La Bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Ceprano (Rigoletto), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Morales (Carmen), Gaoler (Tosca), Sid (Albert Herring), Fiorello, Ambrogio and Notary as well as covering Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Doctor/Inquisitor/Judge/Stanislaus (Candide), Handsome (La Fanciulla del West), Cascada (The Merry Widow) and Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s Regional Tour of Don Giovanni and the role of the High Priest, Politician and The Reporter in Sydney Opera House: The Opera, celebrating Opera Australia’s 60th Anniversary Season on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

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5  Tommaso Pollio


Tommaso Pollio graduated with honours in piano performance from the University Of Western Australia School Of Music and later continued his studies in the United States, London and then returning to Perth to work with the esteemed vocal/pianist teacher Molly McGurk.

He has worked with a variety of ensembles such as The Western Australian & Australian Youth Orchestras as well the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Tommaso’s extensive touring itinerary has seen him perform in London, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, and USA. He has also toured extensively throughout Australia from the remote outback of Western Australia through to the major cities.

Tommaso has been part of many ensemble groups such as The Trio Di Romanza, Enaria Ensemble, Darlington Piano Trio and most recently The Chimera Ensemble, a piano trio featuring the talents of Melinda Gourlay (Cello) and Rebecca Glorie (Violin).

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